Hope N. Kirsch is a special education attorney with the law firm of Kirsch-Goodwin & Kirsch, PLLC in Arizona. She represents students with disabilities and their families in school related matters, ranging from attending IEPs to Due Process hearings. Hope is a veteran special education teacher and school administrator (nearly 20 years with the New York City Department of Education) in self-contained classes, public special education day schools and psychiatric hospitals. She has her B.S. in Special Education from Boston University, her M.A./M.Ed. in Special Education of the Emotionally Handicapped from New York University, and her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School. Hope, an AV-rated attorney is licensed to practice before the state and federal courts in New York, New Jersey and Arizona. She is frequently invited to speak, both nationally and locally, to parents, advocates, attorneys and health professionals about special education matters and bullying. Hope has been instrumental in the passage of Arizona’s first legislation regarding restraint and seclusion in the schools.