Richard Isaacs

Founder, Attorney, Advocate, JD

Rich Isaacs is the founder of California Special Needs Law Group. 

His small town roots shaped his belief in the strength of a community-based approach to life and work. In law school, Rich quickly focused his studies on advocating and assisting some of our most vulnerable members of society. Children are a society’s most valuable asset and ensuring students have equal access to an education quickly became a calling for Rich.

Rich leads the charge at CSNLG to ensure families receive fair, effective representation at mediations, hearings and appeals. He believes that all resolutions must focus on what is best for the child and their long term future.

“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation. Your character is what you really are while your reputation is merely what others think you are.”

Listen to Richard’s Podcasts

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When Do I Need an Advocate or Attorney for My Special Education Case?

Hiring an advocate or attorney may, at some point, be something you need to consider. An advocate can be part of your support team at a lower cost while an attorney helps if you need to review the law or maybe are not satisfied with the services your district is offering. This session discusses when and where an advocate or attorney can be helpful.
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Tips For Navigating The IEP

The Individualized Education Program (IEP) is the key document, roadmap, etc. for a child securing special education services. Rich and I talk about the IEP and what important aspects you should know and understand as a parent or caregiver.
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How Are Legal Services Paid For With Special Education Cases?

I don’t know about you, but the thought of hiring a lawyer for any dispute makes me go into a near panic. Right away I start to think about just how much it is going to cost? This is especially true for parents like us who have a child with Special Needs. Is it worth the cost to hire an attorney to advocate for better or additional services for your child? Would it simply be better to take those costs and use them for services or therapies out of pocket?