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Diane Wiscarson
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Diane Wiscarson

Practice areas:

Education, Guardianship

About Me

I am licensed to practice law in both Oregon and Washington. I am also admitted to practice in the United
States District Court for the District of
Oregon, the United
States District Court for the Western
District of Washington, and the United
States Court of Appeals for the Ninth
Circuit.


 


I am the parent of three boys, one of whom has special needs.  All three of them attended public schools.  I understand both the joy and heartache that comes with the gift of these special children. 


 


As a lawyer, I have the unique opportunity to help your child in ways that make a real difference over the child's entire life. I view my work as an investment in your child's future. My work
immediately impacts your child's education. That impact helps shape and
direct the rest of your child's educational experience.


 


My philosophy is simple - "The child is the client." I remain focused
on the child's needs and legal entitlements. I uses my background
and experience in both education law and special needs parenting to
help parents solve their child's education issues.


 


While my specialty is the law for children with special needs, I also
represents children with education issues not related to special
education. I can provide help with almost any educational issue,
including discipline hearings for suspension or expulsion.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1996

  1. Education: 95%
    19 years, 1.05 thousand cases
  2. Guardianship: 5%
    5 years

Payment

Fees:

Free Consultation (60 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

5 total 

  • Steven B Ungar

    Diane receives my highest commendation for her superb work in a one of the most difficult environments to practice law in. I know Diane as a colleague (I'm a litigator) and as a client. She has successfully represented our 9 year old son, who has numerous special education needs which were not being met by the public school district. Diane's forceful yet professional intervention on his behalf was invaluable. The district has been far more willing to recognize our son's special learning style and his learning needs since Diane was retained as our advocate. I can't say enough good things about her ability and effectiveness. And a big plus: she is a pleasure to work with.

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    Steven Ungar Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

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    Diane is very knowledgeable and a model for integrity - she gives attorneys a good name!! I appreciate her non-confrontational, common sense, and practical approach.

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    Rebecca Boughton
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Wiscarson Law, A Professional Corporation

510 SW 3rd Avenue
Suite 439
Portland, OR, 97204-2509

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
WAActive200207/05/2015
ORActive199607/18/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
BV Distinguished: Very High Legal Ability & Ethical StandardsLexisNexis, Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review2011
2010 Pro Bono Publico Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association, Board of Governors2011
2009 Pro Bono Publico Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association, Board of Governors2010
BV Distinguished: Very High Legal Ability & Ethical StandardsLexisNexis, Martindale-Hubble Peer Review2010
Pro Bono Challenge - Honorable MentionOregon State Bar2009
Arbitrator of the YearBetter Business Bureau of Oregon1997

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
AttorneyWiscarson Law, A Professional Corporation2001 - Present
AttorneySteinman Cooper Wiscarson, LLC.1996 - 2001

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Advisory CommitteeCommittee Member2014 - Present
United States District Court for the Eastern District of WashingtonAdmitted to Practice2014 - Present
Washington State Bar Association, Administrative Law SectionMember2010 - Present
Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA)Member2009 - Present
Oregon Women Lawyers AssociationMember2005 - Present
Program Planning Committee for the Pacific Northwest Institute on Special Education and the LawCommittee Member2003 - Present
United States District Court for the Western District of WashingtonAdmitted to Practice in2003 - Present
Dispute Resolution Committee, a State Advisory Committee for the Oregon Department of EducationCommittee Member2002 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember2002 - Present
Oregon State Bar, Disability Law SectionMember2001 - Present
United States District Court for the District of OregonAdmitted to Practice in1997 - Present
Oregon Women Lawyers AssociationMember1996 - Present
Oregon State BarMember1996 - Present
United States Court of Appeals For the Ninth CircuitAdmitted to Practice in1996 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
In the Matter of Vancouver School DIstrict, Special Education Cause No. 2003-SE-0137An Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) found that the district failed to provide a free appropriate public education (FAPE).of the residential placement costs based on Greenland Sch. Dist. V. Amy N., 358 F.3d 150 (1st Cir. 2004).
In the Matter of Colton School District, Case No. 04-054-033The parent prevailed in an Oregon Department of Education (ODE) State Complaint against the district.
In the Matter of Eagle Point School District, Case No. 09-054-027The parents prevailed in an Oregon Department of Education (ODE) State Complaint against the district.

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
Pacific Northwest Institute on Special Education and the LawEthics and Professional Responsibility in the Practice of Special Educaiton Law2013
Pacific Northwest Institute on Special Education and the LawEthics and Professional Responsibility in the Practice of Special Education Law2012
Pacific Northwest Institute on Special Education and the LawEthics and Professional Responsibility in the Practice of Special Education Law2011
Pacific Northwest Institute on Special Education and the LawBuilding Positive Relationships2009
LRP’s 29th National Institute on Legal Issues of Educating Individuals with DisabilitiesEthics for Special Education Attorneys: Real-Life Survival Stories2008
Pacific Northwest Institute on Special Education and the LawEthics for Special Education Attorneys: Real-Life Survival Stories2008
Pacific Northwest Institute on Special Education and the LawWorking with Difficult People2006
Pacific Northwest Institute on Special Education and the LawResidential Placement Cases: Child Find Nightmares2005

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Northwestern School of Law Lewis & Clark CollegeLawJuris Doctor1996
University of California - BerkeleyPsychologyBS - Bachelor of Science1979

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Pacific Northwest Institute on Special Education and the LawEthics Seminar: Ethics and Professional Responsibility in the Practice of Special Education Law2014
Pacific Northwest Institute on Special Education and the LawEffective Use of Mediation in Resolving Special Education Disputes2014
Pacific Northwest Institute on Special Education and the LawDeveloping and Writing Appropriate IEPS - A Different Perspective2013
Pacific Northwest Institute on Special Education and the LawEthics and Professional Responsibility in the Practice of Special Education Law2013
Pacific Northwest Institute on Special Education and the LawEthics Seminar: Ethics and Professional Responsibility in the Practice of Special Education Law2012
Clatskanie School District, Classified Staff InserviceFAPE, Confidentiality, and other Special Education Issues: A Conversational Work session2012
rise 22nd Annual Parent ConferenceAsk the Attorney: A unique opportunity to have an outstanding special education attorney answer your questions about evaluations, FAPE, IEPs, placement, LRE, due process, or anything else related to special education law.2011
Portland Public Schools Speech Language Pathologist Professional Development WorkshopIssues in Special Education2011
Pacific Northwest Institute on Special Education and the LawQ & A – Ask the Experts2011
Pacific Northwest Institute on Special Education and the LawEthics Seminar: Ethics and Professional Responsibility in the Practice of Special Education Law2011
ODE/COSA Fall Conference for Special Education AdministratorsEffective Mediation2011
Longview Public Schools Staff TrainingWhat an Attorney Looks for in a Student's Educational Records2011
University of Washington College of Education 27th Annual Pacific Northwest Institute on Special Education and the LawDue Process Hearing Procedures: Diane Wiscarson and Graham Hicks. This workshop will include practical tips for preparing for and conducting a due process hearing.2010
University of Washington College of Education 27th Annual Pacific Northwest Institute on Special Education and the LawScrutinizing IEPs:Diane F. Wiscarson and Elaine Eberharter-Maki. This mini-course will focus on effectively and efficiently writing IEPs that are accurate, appropriate, descriptive and measurable.2010
Special Education Mediator Training Oregon Department of EducationDrafting Complete and Accurate Settlement Agreements: Diane Wiscarson and Graham Hicks2010
Eleventh Annual Conference on Special Student Populations and the LawRamifications of New Federal Mandates; Section 504, IDEA and FERPA, a parents' perspective2010
Eleventh Annual Conference on Special Student Populations and the LawBuilding Positive Relationships2010
"The Wisdom Among Us" Statewide Annual ConferenceQualifying for Special Education2010
Pacific Northwest Institute on Special Education and the LawBuilding Positive Relationships2009
Building Futures: Secondary Transition to College and EmploymentAge of Majority – A guide for Parents2009
Pacific Northwest Institute on Special Education and the LawBuilding Positive Relationships2008
Pacific Northwest Institute on Special Education and the LawEthics for Special Education Attorneys: Real-Life Survival Stories2008
LRP’s 29th National Institute on Legal Issues of Educating Individuals with DisabilitiesEthics for Special Education Attorneys: Real-Life Survival Stories2008
Pacific Northwest Institute on Special Education and the LawBuilding Positive Relationships2007
St. Helens School DistrictEffective Parent Relations and Working with Difficult Parents2006
Pacific Northwest Institute on Special Education and the LawWorking with Difficult People2006
Pacific Northwest Institute on Special Education and the LawWorking with Difficult People2005
Pacific Northwest Institute on Special Education and the LawResidential Placement Cases: Child Find Nightmares2005
Oregon PTI Annual Statewide ConferenceSpecial Education Law: 9th Circuit Cases and IDEA ’04 Updates2005
Oregon Conference on Direct Supports 2005Attorneys’ Tips For Effective Advocacy While Navigating The IEP Maze2005
Confederation of Oregon School Administrators (COSA) Rookie Academy Mentorship ProgramEffective Parent Relations and Working With Angry and Difficult Parents2005
Cascade School DistrictEffective Parent Relations and Working With Angry and Difficult Parents2005
Beaverton School District Staff Development WorkshopEffective Parent Relations and Working With Angry and Difficult Parents2005
Confederation of Oregon School Administrators (COSA) 2004 Special Education ConferenceEffective Parent Relations and Working With Angry and Difficult Parents2004
Confederation of Oregon School Administrators (COSA) Rookie Academy Mentorship ProgramEffective Parent Relations and Working With Angry and Difficult Parents2004