Melissa (Meira) Amster has dedicated her law career to special education and disability law. She seeks to help parents attain maximum potential through advocacy.
Her passion in this area of law comes from personal experience. In October 2011, her daughter was born with Down syndrome and a heart defect which required open heart surgery. At first she found the process of attending to her daughter’s medical and physical needs overwhelming, but soon found online support groups. These support gave her valuable information and encouragement to advocate for her daughter.
Over the years her advocacy skills increased, as well as her passion for helping others. Ms. Amster found a wide discrepancy in services that children might receive correlated to how good of an advocate or how knowledgeable about services their parent was. The better the advocate, more services the child might receive. Ms. Amster strongly believes that all people with disabilities, not just ones that have better advocates, should receive all needed available services.
With this passion in-hand, she began volunteering with the Office of Clients’ Rights Advocacy, Disability Rights California. She was later a temporary Clients’ Right Advocate. There she focused on evaluating regional center eligibility, securing appropriate placements, and analyzing and giving legal advice regarding notices of action from the regional center.
Ms. Amster is very thankful for her advocacy skills and all she has accomplished on behalf of her daughter. Realizing her own daughter is not the only person with a disability who is in need of advocacy, the Amster Law Firm was formed to advocate on the behalf others with disabilities.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Public Interest Grant||Southwestern Law School||1999|
|(Temp.) Clients' Rights Advocate||Office of Clients Rights Advocacy||2014 - Present|
|Attorney||Law Offices of Michael Abramson||2009 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|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|
|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|