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 Stephanie Virrey Gutcher came to SLS from private practice in Bakersfield and prior to that in Sacramento, emphasizing both civil and criminal law. A graduate of the University of California, Davis and the University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law, Stephanie practices in the area of special education where her trial and negotiation skills serve our clients well. She is a member of the California Council of School Attorneys and the Kern County Bar Association and is conversant in Spanish.