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Students are confronted with a variety of academic and social issues requiring legal representation. KJK’s lawyers advocate for students of all ages as they navigate various challenges at school. We represent students at the beginning of their education in preschool through the end of their academic career. We handle matters for postgraduate students including law students, dental, nursing and medical students, as well as residents and others in post-doctoral programs. KJK takes a strategic approach to helping our clients resolve their problems. We work with students and parents to develop a strong defense to safeguard our clients’ academic future.

KJK’s education practice consults with a cohort of professionals to address the holistic needs of our clients. We connect our clients with therapists, college consultants and private specialists to serve their unique needs.


Mary Jo O’Neill, M. Ed., Special Education Consultant

Mary Jo O’Neill is an advocate for students with learning disabilities, and partners with families to collaborate with schools and communities for essential learning support. She provides counsel to develop the best possible learning plans, including the IEP and 504 process – encouraging collaboration between students, parents, teachers, communities and school administrators. Mary Jo has a broad background in education, both as a teacher in public and private schools and as a licensed intervention specialist and parent advocate. She also helped launch the Academic Support Center at Notre Dame College to help high school students transition into higher education. She holds a master’s degree in education from Cleveland State University and a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from the Vermont College of Norwich University. She holds a position on the national board of the International Dyslexia Association.


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