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Special Education Advocacy

We are a special education law firm dedicated to advocating for the rights of children with disabilities. We believe that every child deserves the same floor of opportunity to achieve and make meaningful educational gains at school. We represent the interests of children and their parents in obtaining a free and appropriate public education under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

Regional Center Fair Hearings

We provide legal representation for Regional Center appeals for denial of eligibility. We have experience with 5th category eligibility as a developmental disability. 



Is your child being bullied at school? Let us help. Students have a right to attend school in a safe environment where they have the ability to learn.



Where We Practice

The Law Office is located in Marin County adjacent to the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco. Our area of practice is Northern California including the East Bay, South Bay, Oakland, San Mateo, Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Napa, Sonoma,  Eureka, Benecia, San Jose, Walnut Creek, Berkeley, Hayward, Fremont, Modesto, Stockton, Redwood City, Palo Alto, San Rafael, Concord, Antioch, Cloverdale, Sebastopal, Novato, Mill Valley, Sacramento, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin,  San Joaquin, Monterey, Santa Clara, Napa County, Sonoma County, San Mateo County, Santa Cruz, Corte Madera, Tiburon, San Anselmo, and Solano.

How We Can Help

The Law Office of Carolyn McTier Makens advocates for children with special needs and disabilities. We can assist you with all aspects of an Individualized Education Program (IEP) team meeting for your child, filing or defending against a Request for Mediation and Due Process and filing Compliance Complaints with the California Department of Education against your District for failure to implement your child’s IEP.

"A Child Miseducated is a Child Lost"

John F. Kennedy

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