Shifra Tarica, Of Counsel to the firm, concentrates her practice on education law, providing comprehensive general and special education representation to public boards of education and other educational institutions across the State. Shifra provides daily counsel on all areas of school law, including issues involving student discipline, student residency, civil rights, staff discipline and tenure rights, the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act, the School Ethics Act, the Open Public Records Act, the Open Public Meetings Act, Board policy review and development, as well as employment and contract matters.
Shifra also specializes in matters arising under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Her in-depth knowledge of special education law and familiarity with parent advocates, attorneys and experts allows for collaboration and creative solutions between parties without the need for protracted litigation. However, when a resolution is not possible, Shifra works closely and extensively with clients to defend school districts in due process proceedings, from inception through trial.
Shifra routinely provides in-service training on a broad variety of school law and special education topics for school administrators, district personnel, and child study teams. She also conducts lectures and workshops for other organizations, including the New Jersey School Boards Association and the New Jersey State Bar Association.
In addition to her legal practice, Shifra worked closely with healthcare professionals and educators within the School of Health and Medical Sciences at Seton Hall University to support their application for federal funding for personnel training in special education content areas. This endeavor resulted in the development of the University’s esteemed “Project Write to Learn” graduate program. She continues to collaborate with the program’s directors and meets annually with staff and students to provide IDEA related training and guidance.
Shifra holds a J.D. from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where she was selected to serve as the student speaker at the 2006 commencement ceremony. Prior to law school, she graduated Magna Cum Laude from Stern College for Women with a degree in Psychology. Prior to turning to education law, Shifra practiced commercial litigation at a top plaintiffs’ law firm in New York City, where she specialized in federal securities class action litigation. She is also a family mediator, certified by the Kukin Program for Conflict Resolution.
Shifra is a member of the bars of the State of New Jersey and the State of New York. She is also admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.
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