New Articles

Advocating for Paraprofessional Support
Strategies for obtaining paraprofessional support for children who need additional educational supports.
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Restraint & Seclusion - Make it stop!

Newspaper Articles  (some quoting Mark Kamleiter)

Video Report 

How safe is the schoolhouse?
A serious analysis of restraint and seclusion practices in schools across the country.
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Stop Bullying!
See Jaylen’s Challenge
We are proud of Jaylen’s stand against bullying. This story is inspiring!  Click Here.

The companion video clip to our earlier sleeping judge video
You will appreciate the "sleeping teacher."  Click Here

Some recent cases
Review some recent due process or federal cases in Florida or of national importance.
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Statewide Office
Communications with this office will reach any of the attorneys or advocates listed below.
2509 First Avenue S.
St. Petersburg, FL 33712
Phone:  (727) 323-2555
Fax:  (727) 323-2599

Mark S. Kamleiter, Esquire
Senior Attorney
Board Certified in Education Law
Statewide practice

Diane Cardin-Kamleiter
Business management, Accounting, and Invoicing

Taquaisha Johnson

Elizabeth Kursay
Tampa Bay Office

Claudia Roberts 
Senior Educational Advocate
(727) 323-2555
Hillsborough, St. Petersburg, Polk, Pasco, Hernando, Manatee, Sarasota

Central Florida (Orlando) Office

Jonathan McIntire, PhD.
Educational Advocate
 Orlando, Seminole, Volusia, Brevard, Osceola, Polk
Central Florida (Ocala) Office

Mary Sherry
Educational Advocate
(727) 323-2555
Marion, Alachua, Sumter., Lake, 
Osceola, Hernando, Citus, Levy

Northeast Florida Office
Nina A. Kannatt, Esquire
Of Counsel
(904) 287-2299
Duval, St. Johns, Flager, Putnam, Clay, Nassau

Gold Coast (Palm Beach) Office

Kimberley Spire-Oh, Esquire
Of Counsel
6141 Lake Worth Road
Lake Worth, FL 33463
Collaborating Attorney
Palm Beach, St. Lucie, Broward, Martin, and surrounding counties

Welcome to Special Education Law & Advocacy
The law firm of Special Education Law & Advocacy (SELA) has been established in St. Petersburg since 1993 (previously known as Mark S. Kamleiter, Attorney).  Building on his experience as an special educator and behavior specialist, Mark has developed this practice to the point where this firm is able to serve children with disabilities throughout the state of Florida.  Our firm is committed to maintaining highly personal, close professional relationships with each of our clients.  We also hope you will make this site your "go-to" site for the latest legal resources and information relative to Florida special education law and advocacy.

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    Our law firm is dedicated to offering high quality, personalized legal services. To this end, we strive in all we do to never forget that the true practice of law is serving the needs of individuals with sensitivity, compassion, and skill. It is our fervent desire that our clients will feel safe, secure and comfortable in their relations with this firm. We are prepared and able to take effective legal action to obtain justice and equity for those we serve. At the same time, we are problem-solvers and very skilled in dispute resolution.
    In the realm of special education law and advocacy, we desire to be at the forefront of the struggle to protect and advance the educational rights of children with disabilities. We believe that disabilities educational rights are the next civil rights frontier. We work in the courts, state legislature and Congress to challenge the present barriers to appropriate education for children with disabilities. We are proud of the walls that we have already caused to fall, and of the educational success that so many of our clients have experienced.

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Mark Kamleiter interviewed on news
The importance of paraprofessional training in light of the death of a young girl.   See video clips  1 & 2
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Special Education Law & Advocacy
A Special Education Law Firm
Senior Attorney
Mark S. Kamleiter, Esquire
Board Certified in Education Law
Disclaimer: The provision of legal or advocacy information provided on this site is not intended to be, nor is it, a substitute for legal services by a qualified attorney.  

Advice from the Florida Bar on retaining an attorney.  "The hiring of a lawyer is an important decision that should not be based solely upon advertisements. Before you decide, ask us to send you free information about our qualifications and experience."

Lawsuit filed over death of girl with disabilities on Tampa school bus    
Bus personnel are alleged to have failed to act either appropriately or promptly in responding to the girl's failure to breath.  See video clip
Do you wonder how your children learn so much?
This video captured by the teacher's "fed up" paraprofessional may explain it all.  The assistant, a mother of a child with disabilities, was so offended she had to blow the whistle on this teacher.  Click here
Video Conferencing now available, with 
Mark S. Kamleiter, Esq.
(Skype or Google)

We now provide a new, specialized service!
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