A practicing attorney since 1981, Ilene B. Young, Esquire, combines her courtroom experience in general civil and family law with her knowledge in legal matters concerning children, individuals, and families with special needs. She has written and presented practice guides and seminars for fellow attorneys on representing parents in special education law, as well as the unique issues presented by individuals with special needs in domestic relations. Her practice, Young Law...Read more
A practicing attorney since 1981, Ilene B. Young, Esquire, combines her courtroom experience in general civil and family law with her knowledge in legal matters concerning children, individuals, and families with special needs. She has written and presented practice guides and seminars for fellow attorneys on representing parents in special education law, as well as the unique issues presented by individuals with special needs in domestic relations. Her practice, Young Law Offices, is limited to the counsel and representation of individuals and families with special needs, and select private organizations serving the disabilities community. We consider this community to be our community.
All members of our professional staff have a background in advocacy and training in the particular issues we face. As a parent of a child with special needs, Ilene Young, principal attorney, recognizes that the times when a family member is seeking legal assistance may be filled with uncertainty. The office is professionally staffed with these needs in mind, so that clients may feel comfortable speaking with any staff member. Our current paralegal and advocate, Rita, has a deep background in both litigation support and professional parent advocacy. Our part time adjunct advocate has been trained in the COPAA approved advocacy program.
- In our education law practice, we have successfully represented parents in special education due process hearings and appeals for many years. We believe in strength through knowledge, and hope to enable parents to navigate the special education systems, obtain the services to which the law entitles them, and achieve the peace of mind which comes from successful planning. Please visit our website for links to reported decisions.
- In family law, children and family members with special needs present unique issues in suport, custody, guardianship, estate planning, and divorce settlements. Our office directly represents clients in these matters, and also consults with other domestic relations attorneys to assist them in properly presenting the issues of special needs individuals to the courts.
- In veterans disability claims denial appeals, Ilene is one of the few local members of the bar of the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans' Affairs, and represents Pennsylvania veterans in this specialized court. See our web site for further information about the appeals process.
Attorney Biography: Ilene Young is a member and course planner with the Pennsylvania Bar Association's Legal Services for Exceptional Children Committee, a professional member of the Pennsylvania Children's Behavioral Health Task Force, a member of the Civil Rights, Federal Practice, and Family Law Sections of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, a member of the Bucks County Bar Association, and of many special needs advocacy and support organizations including Aspen, Autism Society of America and TASH. She is also a member of the Council of Parents Attorney's and Advocates, a national collegiate organization of parents' attorneys in special education dedicated to maintaining standards in the profession. She has been an invited speaker throughout the country on legal topics.
Prior to establishing her present practice, Ilene was a founding partner of Petkov, Sninski and Cardonick. She received her J.D. Degree with honors from Temple University School of Law in 1981, where she was the recipient of three bests, the Barrister's Award for Trial Advocacy, and the American Jurisprudence Award. She is currently an elected member of the Bucks County Democratic Party Executive Committee. She had three sons.Read less
The Legally Sufficient IEP, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2009
Special Needs and Divorce, Pennsylvania Bar Association, 2009
Special Needs Issues in Family Law, Bucks County Bar Association, 2008
Medically Fragile Children: Legal Issues for Practitioners, Pennsylvania Bar Association, 2008
Bullying and Disabilities Harassment: Finding a Cause of Action, Pennsylvania Bar Association, 2007
Peer Reviewed Research and Educational Benefit Standard under IDEA: From the Parents' Bar, Lehigh University, June 8, 2009
Top Ten Ethical Issues in Special Education Law, Pennsylvania Bar Association, 2006
School Violence, Zero Tolerance and Students with Disabilities, Lorman Publishing, 2005
Introduction to Special Education Law, Disabilities Rights Section Louisiana Bar Association, 2004
Bullying: Finding a Cause of Action, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, July 16, 2012 - Present
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