Jenny focuses on disability related civil rights and represents our clients in all aspects of special education, from representation at IEP meetings to litigating due process hearings. Jenny also has experience in advocating for client’s rights under the Lanterman Act.
Jenny has filed over 50 special education due process requests.
IEP meetings and IPP meetings
Jenny has represented parents and students in IEP meetings and IPP meetings in over 100 cases.
representation at meetings
Jenny represents clients’ interests at Individualized Education Program meetings and Individual Program Plan meetings.
Jenny Chau began advocating for the special education rights as a law student with Whittier Special Education Clinic. She later joined the Law Offices of Bonnie Z. Yates where she received intensive training in special education law and practice.
Jenny’s compassion stems from having several family members struggle with navigating through regional centers and school districts in order to receive services their loved ones are entitled to. Prior to being admitted to the California Bar, Jenny prevailed at a fair hearing before the Office of Administrative Hearings, resulting in continued funding for regional center services for her niece.
As partner, Jenny represents clients’ interests at Individualized Education Program meetings, Individual Program Plan meetings and during all stages of administrative hearings and civil litigation. In her years of practice, Jenny has filed over 50 special education due process requests and have represented parents and students in IEP meetings and IPP meetings in over 100 cases.
Through advocacy and negotiated settlements with school districts, Jenny has obtained for her clients reimbursement for privately funded services, prospective services provided by non-public agencies, District funded independent educational evaluations, as well as compensatory educational services.
In litigation, Jenny has obtained favorable results for clients on school district and regional center matters. The following are a sample of her accomplishments.
Student v. Bellflower USD: Jenny prevailed on an appeal of an inter-district permit denial of a student with disabilities before the Los Angeles County Office of Education. There, the District denied the permit application of a student with disabilities, and approved the permit of his non-disabled brother. In the same case, Jenny successfully negotiated a settlement agreement whereby the District was required to provide the student with a significant amount of compensatory education services and fund independent educational evaluations.
Student v. Huntington Beach Union HSD: Jenny, with her partner, Rosa K. Hirji, prevailed on their litigation before the Office of Administrative Hearings on a due process matter and won reimbursement for the cost of private placement at Fusion Academy due to the school district’s failure to identify the student as a child with a disability and for failing to provide the student with a free appropriate public education. Consolidated Matter OAH Case Nos. 2014090268 and 2014090535.
Claimant v. Inland Regional Center: Jenny obtained a favorable result from the Office of Administrative Hearings on a regional center eligibility matter. Jenny successfully argued that the Inland Regional Center erred in failing to find the adult Claimant eligible for services under the Lanterman Act. OAH Case No. 2017090102.
Student v. Long Beach Unified School District: Jenny, with Diana Maltz, prevailed on a special education due process hearing matter and won compensatory education services for behavior intervention and specialized academic instruction. There, the Office of Administrative Hearings found that the school district denied student a free appropriate public education by failing to provide needed behavior intervention services. In the same matter, through her advocacy, Jenny was able to obtain full-time behavior support for the student during the school day. OAH Case No. 2018081089.
Wealth Of Contacts
Jenny is known for her compassion and zealous advocacy. Through her years of practice, she has amassed a wealth of information about referral sources and important contacts in the community and the agencies that are instrumental in her advocacy for her clients.
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