Special Education

Special education law has literally exploded over the past fifteen years.  To match the demand, SLS employs three full-time special education attorneys who represent districts in mediations, due process hearings and state complaints, appear at difficult IEPs, and counsel clients on a host of day-to-day issues in special education, including eligibility determination, assessments, manifestation determinations in discipline proceedings, Section 504 issues and other matters.

Attorney Darren J. Bogié joined Schools Legal Service from private practice in Sacramento focusing on civil litigation. A graduate of California State University, Chico and the University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law, Darren focuses on labor and employment matters, and has expertise in special education law as well. A Kern County native, Darren is a former Deputy County Counsel, Assistant United States Attorney, and JAG Corps Trial Defense Counsel. He is a member of the California State Bar, the California Council of School Attorneys and the Kern County Bar Association.

Attorney Kathleen LaMay is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, and obtained her law degree from Ventura College of Law. Kathleen joined Schools Legal Service in 2005 and focuses on special education issues and student discipline matters.

Attorney Kyle W. Holmes joined the Special Education Practice Group from private practice in a Bakersfield-based firm focusing on civil litigation. The Bakersfield native is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine, with a juris doctor degree from the University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law (Traynor Honor Society) and an LL.M. degree in Environmental Law from Lewis & Clark Law School. Kyle’s experience in advising and defending public and private sector entities will serve our clients well. He is a member of the California State Bar, the California Council of School Attorneys and the Kern County Bar Association.

Attorney Elizabet Rodriguez joined Schools Legal Service in 2016. She comes to us from the Kern County Public Defender’s Office. She is a graduate of California State University, Bakersfield, and earned her juris doctor degree from Western State University. At SLS, she will focus on special education and related matters. Elizabet’s trial experience will serve our districts well. She is a member of the California State Bar and the California Council of School Attorneys. She is fluent in Spanish.