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Last updated: 12/25/2017
Ms. Bonnie Schinagle (Spiro)
Attorney (Individual Member) -- COPAA Community : All Members
Professional Information
Law Offices of Bonnie Spiro Schinagle
6800 Jericho Turnpike
Suite 120W
New York
11791  United States
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516 967-5874 (Phone)
Volunteer or Non-Paid Attorney or Advocate
  All Neuropsychological Disorder, All Other Special Needs, Civil Rights, K-12, Multiple Disabilities, Special Education/Idea, Twice Exceptional
Personal Information
215 Laurel Lane
New York
11791  United States
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516 967-5874 (Mobile)
Additional Information
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, J.D. L.L.M.
(Special Education Law and Advocacy Externship and seminar)
Barnard College, A.B. (English)
Insurance Coverage and commercial litigation attorney at Rivkin, Radler & Kremer; Lester, Schwab, Katz & Dwyer.
Legal clerkships, Fla. 4th Dist. Ct. App. (Judge Barry Stone); S.D. Fla. (Mag. Judge Linnea R. Johnson)
Social/Volunteer Organizations
LIPAC Executive Board, Legal Committee
Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York, 2007-present
domestic and small grants committees, facilitating committee for the 2011-2012 advocacy and research committees.

"Unlocking Potential" conference organizer, Fall, 2011-April, 2012

North Shore Holiday House, 2006-2008, board members, secured grants and computer donations
More Information
For close to 15 years, I was a commercial litigator, representing property and casualty insurers. When my highly intelligent child’s ability to meet the demands of school flagged, I was ushered into the stressful world of special education law. To advocate effectively, I found that I needed to learn not only about this new legal area, but also about neuroscience and educational pedagogy. Lay training through the Long Island Advocacy Center, the support of a fantastic, knowledgeable advocate and other related professionals (many of whom are COPAA members) were indispensable. I initiated organization of a conference that was held in April, 2012 at Nassau Community college entitled “Unlocking Potential: Cost Free Strategies to Improve Underachieving Students’ Performance.” Administrators from my child’s school attended. I also decided to engage in focused study, and pursued my Master of Laws at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. The degree was granted in January, 2014 and my analysis of the application of contract law to IEP disputes and focusing on R.E. v. N.Y.C. Dept. of Ed., 694 F.3d 167 (2nd Cir. 2012) cert. denied 81 U.S.L.W. 3584 (U.S. Jun. 10, 2013) in particular will be published in the C.U.N.Y. Law Review in the near future.
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