|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Public Interest Grant||Southwestern Law School||1999|
|(Temp.) Clients' Rights Advocate||Office of Clients Rights Advocacy||2014 - 2017|
|Attorney||Law Offices of Michael Abramson||2009 - 2016|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Los Angeles Jewish Bar Association||Secretary||2016 - Present|
|Counsel of Parents Attorneys and Advocates||Member||2015 - Present|
|South Bay Down Syndrome Association||N/A||2015 - Present|
|Friendship Circle of Los Angeles||N/A||2011 - Present|
|M.A. v. LAUSD||Settlement Agreement|
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|Mishpacha Magazine||Heartbreaking Sight||2016|
|Southwestern University School of Law||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|University of California - Riverside||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Tu B'Shvat Festival||ABCs of IEPs||2016|
|Special Education Law||UNRAVELING THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES EDUCATION ACT (IDEA)||2016|
Posted by Dawn
Melissa was my first call in a situation we had given every chance to, but one that seemingly continued to sadden and disappoint us. Ms. Amster not only made me realize I had even more legal rights than I knew, but made us feel secure and not alone. She explained everything in clear detail and listened like no on else had before her.. She also responded to phone calls and emails as quickly as possible. She is everything you will want and need in a special education attorney and that is a rare find. I would and will recommend her highly to anyone who wants a caring and extremely knowledgeable attorney on their side.
Posted by Sheldon
Melissa helped us navigate through the legal system with our three year old daughter and the school district. We were able to get everything we want for our daughter, who required special needs, thanks to Melissa's expert legal services. I highly recommend her service.
Posted by anonymous
I had just been served with a letter that I was being taken to due process for an evaluation my IEP team agreed we should be given. My husband and I had been given the wrong information telling us there would be no difference between having an IEE or another District evaluation. With the unpredictability of District evaluations we opted for the IEE, only to find myself now being told I would have to attend a mediation and withstand the process up to a hearing. I was lost and frustrated. There was no number to call to ask for an explanation. I would have to spend my time preparing, not even knowing what I was preparing. Then Melissa stepped up to help me. What was refreshing is her honesty with me telling and her confidence that I had all that I needed to go to that meeting. She explained to me all the details I needed. She was sympathetic and encouraging. Most of us know that having an attorney at your table usually changes an outcome. Melissa told me I had what I needed for the mediation, gaining my trust. If things went on to a hearing then I would have hired her in a heartbeat. She made herself available to me while I was in the process of mediation answering my questions. I would have been lost without her help. I am thankful for her generosity with her time and knowledge. She followed up by guiding me to other areas where I could find information and educate myself. This is a rarity in my experience. Again, I feel fortunate to have made her acquaintance. I hope I do not need a lawyer anytime soon. I pray my sons journey is filled with honest people who want to help him reach his full potential and give him everything that by law he is entitled. If that is not the case and I find myself needing the expertise of a lawyer, she is the one I will call.
Jamie Kleinman, Employment and labor Attorney
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I have seen Melissa in action and she is extremely educated in the filed of special education and disability rights. I have seen her advocate for her clients and obtain favorable judgments so her clients get the services they need. She is a compassionate person, understanding all angles from a lawyer's and parent's point of view. I have personally referred her to others and highly recommend her. She is a fabulous attorney!!!
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