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I have been practicing law at Udall Shumway since 1987 and have been a partner of the firm since 1993. I head the firm’s education law practice group and am very pleased to devote my practice entirely to representing school districts, charter schools and other public educational institutions.
I provide daily advice and assistance to school districts and other public educational institutions. I represent and defend educational institutions in administrative and court proceedings. I advise and represent school districts and charter schools in matters that include: student disciplinary hearings, personnel issues, student records, governing board liability and open meeting issues. I have also given numerous in-service workshops to district personnel on a wide range of topics of importance to the educational operations of the districts and am a regular speaker to state-wide conferences.
I have been named a “Top Education Attorney” by Phoenix Magazine and have been selected by my peers as a “Best Lawyer in America” in the specialty of Education Law.
I have been a regular presenter at State-wide conferences and conduct a great many in-service and training programs for school personnel on a variety of topics relating to education law. I have also authored articles for National and State publications on a variety of topics of interest to educators. Most recently, an article I authored on Report Cards and Transcripts for Students With Disabilities was published in the “Attorney’s Corner” of NAU’s eJournal of Education Policy.
I am a member of the National School Board Association, Arizona School Boards Association and Arizona Council of School Attorneys. I have also been an adjunct faculty member for Arizona State University, teaching graduate level Education Law classes for the College of Education, Division of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. I have been on the steering committee for the Arizona School Administrators “Principal and the Law” conference for approximately 14 years. I have also been a regular speaker at the annual law conferences sponsored by the Arizona School Boards Association and the Arizona Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE). In March 2009, I was presented with the Laura Ganoung Award, which is CASE’s highest award recognizing leadership in the area of special education.
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Denise is an invaluable resource for all interested in the education law field. Her depth of knowledge is unsurpassed and her dedication to finding "real world" solutions is an asset to her clients. If you are in need of representation on any matter relating to the education law field look no further than Denise.
Anthony Contente-Cuomo Education Attorney
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Best Lawyer in America - Education Law||Best Lawyers in America||2015|
|Best Lawyer in America - Education Law||Best Lawyer in America||2014|
|Best Lawyer in America - Education Law||Best Lawyers in America||2013|
|Best Lawyer in America - Education Law||Best Lawyers in America||2009|
|Laura Ganoung Award||Arizona Council of Administrators in Special Education||2009|
|Best Lawyer in America - Education Law||Best Lawyer in America||2008|
|Best Lawyer in America - Education Law||Best Lawyer in America||2007|
|Top Education Attorney||Phoenix Magazine||2006|
|Neighbor of the Year Award||City of Tempe, Arizona||1999|
|AV Peer Review Rating||Martindale-Hubbell||N/A|
|Shareholder||Udall Shumway PLC||1993 - Present|
|Attorney||Udall Shumway PLC||1987 - Present|
|Adjunct Faculty - College of Education||Arizona State University College Of Law||2001 - 2003|
|Adjunct Faculty - College of Education||Arizona State University College Of Law||1999 - 1999|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Arizona School Administrators||Steering Committee - Principal and the Law Conference||1997 - Present|
|Arizona Council of School Attorneys||Member||1995 - Present|
|National School Boards Association, Council of School Attorneys||Member||1995 - Present|
|State Bar of Arizona||Member||1987 - Present|
|Arizona School Boards Association||Member||N/A|
|Save The Family Foundation of Arizona||Member & Past President||2010 - 2011|
|Attorney Corner, NAU eJournal of Education Policy||Report Cards and Transcripts for Students With Disabilities||2009|
|Arizona State College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1986|
|Cornell University||Public Policy and Women's Studies (interdisciplinary major)||BS - Bachelor of Science (cum laude)||1980|
|School Defenses to Common Lawsuits Seminar||State Laws Governing Education||2012|
|CASE/CEC Conference||Hot Topics in Arizona - The Year in Review: Due Process Hearings & OCR Cases||2012|
|ASPAA Luncheon||Best Practices for Contract Language - Teachers Contracts and Classified Employees||2012|
|Arizona State University||Special Education Basics||2012|
|AEA Educational Law Seminar||Difficult Students with Disabilities: What's a Teacher to do?||2012|
|2012 AZCEC/AZCASE Annual Conference||The Common Core: What is so Common about Special Education||2012|
|Summer Leadership Academy||Unique Interactive Law Conference||2011|
|Kyrene Special Education Parent Advisory Council (KSEPAC)||Working Effectively As a Team||2011|
|Arizona School Administrators Conference||“Principal and the Law” Conference||2011|
|35th Annual School Law Conference||How a District Can Avoid the Long, Costly Reach of the OCR: Proactive Steps Every District Should Take||2011|
|35th Annual School Law Conference||How a District Can Avoid the Long, Costly Reach of the Office for Civil Rights: Pro-Active Steps Every District Should Take||2011|
|2011 ASBA Spring Legal Seminars||Making Sense Out of the New Superintendent Performance Pay Mandate||2011|
|National Business Institute||Special Education and the IDEA||2010|
|ASBA Law Conference||Special Education: A Primer for New Board Members||2009|