|Attorney/Owner||Law Office of Michelle Ball||1995 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|United States District Court for the Eastern District of California||Member||1994 - Present|
|State Bar of California||Member||1994 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Member||2001 - 2004|
|American Bar Association||Member||1998 - 1999|
|Sacramento County Bar Association||Member||1997 - 2002|
|Tracy Unified v. Student IE||Successfully overturned expulsion on appeal|
|Jane Doe v. San Juan Unified School District||We were successful|
|BH, a minor v. Napa Unified School District||Defeated expulsion, got special education services|
|See all legal cases|
|Lodi News Sentinnel||Elkhorn Parents Persist||2008|
|FEAT Newsletter||Basic Rules for Handling School Issues||2006|
|Sacramento Sierra Parent||Sexual Harassment at School: What Can a Parent Do||2003|
|Sacramento Sierra Parent||The Importance of Reviewing and Correcting Student Records||2003|
|Gridley Herald||County Overturns GHS Expulsion Case||2000|
|The Davis Enterprise||Family's School Transfer Appeal Upheld||1999|
|McGeorge SOL Univ of the Pacific||Law||Top 25%||1994|
|University of California - Santa Barbara||Law & Society||undergraduate||1991|
|Yuba Sutter Bar Association Meeting||Education Law: Student and Parent Rights||2008|
Posted by Stefan
I can not thank enough Michelle, for the great help and professionalism she had shown while solving our situation with my son. Through her hard work, dedication and ingenuity she was able to convince the school district ,that my son deserves to be retained and allowed to repeat 9th grade. The district was pushing him to 10th grade disregarding 3 doctors recommendations.
The school district fought us for several months but eventually we won and the right decision was made.
Michelle was instrumental in battling with the district and make them offer my son what was all along the correct and honest resolution to his specific medical situation.
Michelle is the best!
Posted by anonymous
I found Michelle by google search. I visited her website, read the fees information and her articles of professional advice on educational legal matters. I was very encouraged. So I called to make our first consultation appointment. She was very efficient in our meeting. She gave us honest analysis on our case. We hired her without hesitation. She was very responsive and stayed on top of everything. After reading the pre-meeting materials, she gave us advice and strategies. The material was devastating. Michelle told us upfront that it could very likely lead to expulsion. But Michelle managed to negotiate for us to get result of no suspension and no expulsion. We are very happy about this result. Without Michelle, we were not able to get this perfect result. Thank you so much Michelle!!!
Posted by anonymous
My learning disabled daughter had her 504 plan terminated unjustly. They told us that because my dyslexic daughter was earning fantastic grades she was no longer eligible for accommodations through a 504 plan. I consulted with Ms. Ball regarding her legal rights. She felt that the school district had definitely made a mistake by making a major change in placement without a new evaluation and informed me that if my daughter didn't receive accommodations in high school she couldn't have them in college. I couldn't allow that to happen. She wrote a letter to the school district stating that my daughter's 504 plan termination was improper and cited pertinent laws. The district had the principal call me and arrange a new 504 meeting. Her accommodations were restored and he made it clear that they would do whatever was needed to support my daughter's academic success. This was a complete 180 degree turn around from the message I was given by the "team" in two lengthy meetings. It was worth the investment (legal fee) to assure that my daughter gets the accommodations she is legally entitled to and very much needs in order to earn the grades for which she is capable.
Dustin Johnson, Criminal defense Attorney
Michelle is a dedicated advocate for her clients. She puts her extensive knowledge and experience in all aspects of education law to good use for them. If you're a parent or student with an education law issue in California, you should contact Michelle.
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