Attorney Mary E. Broadhurst has been providing quality legal services in the area of special education since 1990. A 1990 graduate of the University of Oregon School of Law, Mary’s background makes her uniquely qualified to understand the issues facing families with children with disabilities. She was the third child in a family of ten children, the oldest girl. In addition to caring for younger siblings, at the age of thirteen Mary began working with children with disabilities at a summer camp. She attended a vocational high school where she received instruction in child development and received two years of experience working at a pre-school for children with disabilities. During college, Mary’s course work focused on education, including two years in a special education degree program. Throughout college, Mary worked as a crisis intervention residential counselor for teens and adults with developmental disabilities. Since 1991, with the exception of two education-related civil rights cases, Mary has exclusively represented individuals with disabilities in the area of special education under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
Mary is a 1990 graduate of the University of Oregon School of Law. Licensed to practice law in Oregon, Mary was admitted to the Oregon State Bar in 1991, the United States District Court for the District of Oregon in 1992, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in 1995, and the United States Supreme Court in 2009. She has been a member of the Council of Parents Attorneys and Advocates, a national voice for special education rights and advocacy, [http://www.copaa.org], since its inception in 1998 and is a member of it amicus committee.