Law Office of Anne I. Treimanis, LLC Anne I. Treimanis, attorney-at-law / 161 East Avenue, Suite 104, Norwalk, CT 06851 / Tel: (203) 838-5485 / Fax: (203) 838-4222 / AttorneyTreimanis@gmail.com / www.spedlawyers.com / www.spednet.org
My primary mission is to zealously advocate for individuals with disabilities, focusing on appropriate education in the least restrictive environment. I strive to empower parents and professionals with information and skills to ensure that all students have access to high quality education.
I strive to empower self-advocates with the strategies they need to take their rightful place in our community. I am an attorney whose practice is limited to Special Education issues, Section 504 matters, Americans with Disability Act (ADA) violations, and other disability discrimination cases. I also feel privileged to represent students who are LGBT who are facing discrimination issues. I also have successfully appealed Social Security Disability matters for individuals with disabilities.
I WILL FIGHT DISCRIMINATION, WHEREVER IT REARS IT’S UGLY HEAD!!
Experience 1989 – present Attorney, Author, Professor, Disability Activist, Educational Surrogate
Opened private law office in Norwalk, Connecticut in 2002, focusing my practice on students with disabilities who have been denied an appropriate education. Experience in IEP meetings, 504 meetings, mediation, due process, and manifestation determinations. Some of my time is spent advocating for LGBT students as well as adults with disabilities. Author of Do Not Tweet at an IEP Meeting: and other tips and strategies to negotiate special education services – which can be found on Amazon. Co-Author of IEP and Inclusion Tips for Parents and Teachers. Written with Kathleen Whitbread, Ph.D. (2006). Attainment Company. Popular local, state-wide, national, and international presenter and trainer on special education legal rights, disability discrimination, IDEA, FERPA, Section 504, ADA, and NCLB. Author and facilitator of Mock IEPs, performing throughout The United States.
Executive Director and founder of SPED*NET New Canaan, a monthly forum focused on special education and section 504 issues, providing monthly speakers, state-wide conferences, extensive training courses, and state-wide listserv. Created and maintain the website – www.spednet.org – winner of the CT Coalition for Inclusive Education media award. SPED*NET New Canaan has celebrated well over a decade of excellence!
Adjunct Professor for the University of St. Joseph, West Hartford, CT, teaching special education law to graduate students since 2012.
Surrogate Parent for the Connecticut State Department of Education. Insure that students with disabilities, whose legal guardian is the Department of Children and Families (DCF), receive an appropriate education. Fostered one of my surrogate students!
Member of New Canaan Public Schools Special Education Director’s Parent Advisory Committee – 11 years; Partners in Policymaking graduate; numerous other volunteer activities. Trained parents and professionals in a 14 hours class, “Understanding Special Education – Families as Partners” – 11 classes in total. Former member of the Board of Directors for the CT Down Syndrome Congress – 8 years. Member of Lambda Legal and GLAD (GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders). Member of the GLAD Lawyer Referral Service.
I personally ensured that my eldest of four children, Ieva, who has Down syndrome, was fully and successfully included in our neighborhood high school. Yep, she even took Algebra. She graduated from Berkshire Hills Music Academy.
1986-1989 Law Offices of Anne I. Treimanis Bronx, NY Sole Practitioner Administrative Law Judge for NYC Taxi and Limousine Court Attorney for the Lithuanian Credit Union Pro bono work in Baltic human rights issues. Yearly lobbyist at the Geneva Human Rights Conventions.
1974-1982 Social Worker State of New Jersey, Division of Developmental Disabilities 1980-1982 State of Michigan, Department of Social Services 1977-1979 Mecosta Osceola ARC 1974-1977
Education: Juris Doctor Hofstra University June 1985.
MA Community Leadership Central Michigan University 1979. BS Human Services Ferris State University 1976. Extensive ongoing legal training.
Completed GAL/AMC training for the Office of the Public Defender
BARS: Admitted to practice law in NY 1986; NJ 1987; CT 2002; United States Supreme Court 2015.
Member of the American Bar Association, CT Bar Association, and the Fairfield County Bar Association (FCBA). Co-chair of LGBTQ committee for FCBA.
Recognition – Stamford Education 4 Autism / 2012
Inclusion Award – WE BELONG, Inclusion in Fairfield County (2 time winner!) / 2008
Parent of the Year – STAR, Lighting the Way… / 2004
Service Award – CT Down Syndrome Congress / 2003
Media of the Year Award – CT Coalition for Inclusive Education
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