The following is SchoolKidsLawyer.com‘s official position on political candidates and appointees to positions, specifically any potential or affirmed appointee to the U.S. Department of Education, the United States Supreme Court, or to any lesser court in our land.
The U.S. Department of Education and, in particular, the Secretary of Education is, by law, the person designated to enforce federal special education laws. These laws include (among others): the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Sec. 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as they apply to schools that receive federal funding. The Supreme Court and lesser courts also interpret these laws and set legal precedent that may affect our client.
As lawyers, we are sworn to uphold the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America and the States within which we are licensed. It is in our oath of office. Obviously, we want to enforce those laws and provide zealous and competent representation of our clients within those laws. Interpretation of those laws by government officials and agencies is critical to our job as advocates.
Thus, regardless of who is appointed to these positions, our firm must work with those individuals to try to shape policy favorable to our clients. In the case of SchoolKidsLawyer.com (Thurston Law Offices LLC), that means students with disabilities and their parents primarily.
We will not take public positions for or against any political candidate or appointee for the reason that we ultimately may have to work with that individual, regardless of our personal opinions. As we all learn as children, ‘you catch more flies with honey than with vinegar’. It is difficult to negotiate with or persuade someone to a favorable policy if you have deteriorated or destroyed any working relationship with that person. Put simply, if you make someone dislike you, working with that person will be challenging to say the least.
Thus, acting in the best interests of our clients – past, current, and future – we choose not to take any stances that may harm our clients’ positions in any legal context. Thank you for respecting our position in this regard.