Gerald D. Raymond is the Managing Partner in the Syracuse Office of Tully Rinckey, PLLC. and practices in the area of Education Law. He has nearly three decades of experience as a general practice attorney.

Mr. Raymond is a former middle school and high school English teacher. He also has over 30 years of experience as a college adjunct instructor. He has worked as a homebound instructor for a number of school districts in Central New York, which gives him insight into educational services a school district is required to provide when a student is out of school. Mr. Raymond’s most recent college teaching experience was in the Paralegal Studies Program at Bryant & Stratton College. In addition, he is a stepparent of a special needs child, and gained experience attending Committee on Special Education (CSE) meetings and advocating as a parent.

Mr. Raymond also has many years of experience representing children in Family Court cases in New York State. He has represented children in custody and visitation matters, abuse and neglect cases as well as juvenile delinquency and persons in need of supervision matters. Mr. Raymond has found that his passion for advocating for children with special needs is a natural fit in his representation of children and parents. He understands the needs of both parents and children, and the challenges they face working with school district to achieve their child’s goals. His passion and experience has led to outstanding results in numerous Education Law cases.

Mr. Raymond provides representation in the following areas of the Education Law Practice:

  • Initiating contact with school personnel including Superintendents, CSE Chairs and School District Counsel
  • Attendance of behalf of parents and students ad CSE meetings to advocate for proper adherence to Individualized Education Plans (IEP’s) Individualized Education Service Plans (IESP’s) and 504 plans.
  • Advice and counsel to parents on strategies for navigating the process of IEP’s, IESP’s and 504 plans, including placement options for students
  • Advice and counsel regarding home school district payment for attendance at alternative schools
  • Recovery of attorney’s fees in Fair Hearings
  • Drafting petitions for Fair Hearings
  • Preparation for and attendance at Fair Hearings
  • Representation and attendance at Resolution meetings
  • Representation and defense of students in school disciplinary proceedings including attendance at Superintendent’s Hearings
  • Representation and attendance at Manifestation Hearings
  • Negotiation and resolution of disciplinary matters including seeking options to remove suspensions from a student’s record
  • Advice and counsel regarding any possible criminal charges stemming from school conduct violations
  • Drafting of appeals of Superintendent’s Hearings to School Boards
  • Attendance at School Board Hearings to argue appeals
  • Representation on Appeals to Commissioner of Education
  • Representation of College Students in campus disciplinary matters including Title IX matters
  • Representation in preliminary meetings with Title IX Coordinators
  • Review and analysis of discovery material including witness statements and campus police reports
  • Advice and counsel on preparation for disciplinary hearings
  • Negotiation with College and University counsel to seek resolution of disciplinary matters
  • Representation at college administrative hearings
  • Advocacy on behalf of college students with special needs

When it comes to schooling, no parent wants to see their child receive an inadequate education. Children with disabilities are especially entitled to a free and appropriate public education that takes into consideration their special needs – rights protected under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). If you have a special needs child, you should expect your public school to prepare your child for future employment and education, and for living independently.

The attorneys at Tully Rinckey PLLC understand how frustrating it can be when a public school district is failing to provide necessary accommodations for your child in school, or when a district is recommending services or restrictions that your high-functioning child may not need. We’re committed to helping you assert your rights and those of your child. Working closely with administrators and teachers, we advise you on how to obtain better programs and services for your child, so that they receive the best possible education.

Our skilled and compassionate attorneys can serve as advocates of children with special needs by helping parents pursue a number of remedies, including:

  • Obtaining remedial education and educational placement
  • Structuring Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) or plans under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
  • Securing classroom aides
  • Obtaining speech, occupational, physical therapy, or other special services district-wide
  • Challenging school disciplinary actions, such as detention or suspension
  • Addressing problems with bullies inside and outside the classroom

We can also assist you in disputing your school district’s evaluation and classification of your child, including advocating for an independent evaluation to determine what, if any, special services your child might need. In addition, we can help you plan for the future of your child by lending our advice and guidance in estate, disability, and guardianship planning.

To schedule an initial consultation, contact us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at 8885294543 or info@tullylegal.com

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