Why I Do This Type of Law:

I started my law practice because I truly believe that failure is just another data point. In other words, failure tells us what isn't working -- it's up to us to figure out why and what will work.


I believe in educating clients, schools, and universities so that students with disabilities can learn and succeed. 


I believe K-12 students facing suspension or expulsion deserve to learn.


I believe that college students facing academic misconduct charges also deserve to learn, and need a vigorous defense.

Effective educational advocacy begins with knowledge – knowledge of the law, educational practices and disabilities. The law changes, educational practice changes, and our knowledge of disabilities is getting more nuanced every day. I continue to take classes on all three to keep up. A full list is below, and is updated regularly.

A Little About Me:

I grew up in California and graduated from Smith College in Massachusetts, where I balanced college with forest fire fighting during the summers. Following a Masters in Library Science from the University of Pittsburgh, I graduated from Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University. I've clerked for the Ohio Supreme Court, supervised mediation students at OSU Moritz College of Law, advocated for special education students at Louisin Child Advocacy, and for all students as an education attorney at Albeit Weiker, LLP. I started my solo practice in February of 2019.

I live in Bexley with my daughter, two sons, and two dogs. With the gradual realization that my daughter's struggles in reading were a form of dyslexia, I dove into special education, first for her, and then for others facing similar challenges. When I advocate for families, I do it from a parent and a legal perspective. 

To check out my full resume, see: https://www.linkedin.com/in/emily-haynes-936544144/

The following are legal and educational training programs I have completed:

Special Education and Disability Law Training:

Free and Appropriate Public Education, 1 hour

Child Find, 2 hours

Evaluations, 3 hours

504s, 3 hours

IEPs, 3 hours

Confidentiality and Procedural Safeguards, 3 hours

Discipline and Expedited Hearings, 3 hours

Non-Public Schools and Special Education, 3 hours

Conflict resolution and Special Education, 3 hours

Ohio Special Education Law, 7.5 hours

Resolving IEP and Section 504 Disputes, 6 hours

Guardian Ad Litem training: Understanding Child Protective Services, 3 hours

Guardian Ad Litem training: Ethics and Professionalism, 3 hours

Fundamentals of Adult Guardianship Education Program, 6 hours

Education and Disability Training:

Reading disabilities:

Using the Woodcock Johnson IV Assessment for the identification of Dyslexia, 2 hours

Foundational course in the Wilson Reading System, 3 days

Improving Reading Comprehension Skills for Grades K-3, 5 hours

Linking Vocabulary to Comprehension: Practical Ideas and Activities, 2 hours

English Language Learners and Special Education

NOBIDA Conference, 2 days (Dyslexia)

Language and Literacy, 3 hours

Literary Instruction: Addressing the Needs of Diverse Learners, 2 hours

Autistic Spectrum:

Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence, 1.5 hours

OCALI Conference, 2018, 3 days (Autism)

OCALI Conference, 2019, 3 days (Autism)

Attentional disabilities:

A Parent's Guide to Understanding ADHD, 2 hours


Progress monitoring and data collection in IEPs, 3 hours

Strategies to Support Inclusive Practices and LRE Decisions, 2 hours

Got Data? Understanding Special Education data, 3 hours


Developmental issues:

Guardian Ad Litem training: Developmental Disabilities-Navigating the Special Ed Process & Accessing Community Supp, 3 hours

Guardian Ad Litem training: Understanding Child Development, 3 hours

Adult Guardianship Continuing Education: Developmental Disabilities, 3 hours

Behavior and Mental health issues:

School-Wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), 6 hours

Stop Bullying Now: Strategies for Keeping Students Safe, 2 hours

Guardian Ad Litem training: Divorce-The Impact on Children, 3 hours

Guardian Ad Litem training:Psychiatric Disorders in Children, 3 hours

Guardian Ad Litem training: Psychiatric Issues & Adolescents, 3 hours

Parent and Community: Trauma-Informed Parenting, 2 hours

Vision and Hearing Issues:

Providing Services to Children with Vision and Hearing Challenges, 3 hours


Transition issues:

Transitioning from high school, 6 hours

The Services Continuum: Middle School to High School to College, 2 hours


Assistive and Computer Technology issues:

Assistive technology, 4 hours