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California Special Education Law 2014

Author(s): Elizabeth F. Eubanks, Michelle Uzeta
Practice Area: Family Law, Pro Bono, Municipal Law
Published: Oct 2014
PLI Item #: 50181
CHB Spine #: 31

Michelle Uzeta

Michelle Uzeta has specialized in civil rights advocacy since 1993, with special expertise in disability rights and fair housing law. She currently litigates cases throughout the State of California with the Center for Disability Access and the Housing Access Project. Through the Law Offices of Michelle Uzeta, Ms. Uzeta writes and lectures on disability rights and fair housing law, and authors amicus curiae briefs regarding the same.

Ms. Uzeta's prior experience includes serving as the Litigation Director for the Southern California Housing Rights Center and Associate Managing Attorney in the Los Angeles Office of Disability Rights California.

Ms. Uzeta frequently lectures on the legal rights of people with disabilities, and has appeared at events including the National Disability Rights Network's TASC Annual Conference, the California Bar Association's Fair Housing and Public Accommodations Symposium, the Southern California Latino Disability Conference, and the Fair Housing Laws and Litigation Conference.

Ms. Uzeta is a graduate of Stanford University and earned her Juris Doctorate and Certification in Public Interest Law from the University of California, Davis.

Elizabeth has spent the last decade advocating for people with disabilities at the administrative, state, and federal level.

Elizabeth received her Juris Doctorate from Pepperdine University School of Law and a Certificate in Dispute Resolution from the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. After graduation, Elizabeth worked in private practice, advocating for parents of children with disabilities in regional center, school district, and health insurance matters. From 2012 to 2018, she was the Inland Empire Regional Director at Disability Rights Legal Center. As Regional Director, Elizabeth was responsible for special education advocacy and civil rights litigation within San Bernardino and Riverside Counties, specializing in disability discrimination cases. She also managed the Disability Rights Law Clinic at the University of La Verne College of Law.

Elizabeth is an adjunct professor at the University of La Verne College of Law, teaching coursework in special education and disability rights law.

Elizabeth has presented seminars at national conferences, including at the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates and the American Bar Association, and she is the co-chair of Practising Law Institute’s annual Special Education Law Conference. She serves on the Board of Directors for Inland Fair Housing and Mediation Board and Ichi Villa: Alliance for Autism.