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Nina C. Aasen

Nina Aasen is affiliated with the Firm and is the primary education law litigator, with a focus on special education law. She is a graduate of SUNY Oswego (B.S.), Elmira College (M.S.) and Syracuse University (J.D.). She is admitted to practice in all New York State Courts and in the United States District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of New York.

Nina has practiced law in the area for over two decades, devoting the large share of her legal work to advocating for the rights of children as they pertain to the public education system. Nina’s years of teaching experience in two area public schools provided her with a depth of experience about student’s educational needs. Nina first practiced law as a solo practitioner in Ithaca, New York, where she focused primarily on family and education law. She also represented clients in adoption proceedings, represented children in custody and neglect proceedings and represented clients charged with misdemeanor level crimes.

In 2006 and 2007 Nina served as the director of the Team Child Project at the Center for Child Advocacy in Hartford, Connecticut. While there, she led trainings for attorneys, youth probation officers and parents regarding the Individuals with Disabilities Act of 2004 (IDEA) and section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of the of 1973. She also participated in committee on special education meetings and collaborated with public defenders representing juveniles regarding school-related disciplinary incidents and appropriate education programs.

Recently, and for several years, Nina was employed as Senior Attorney with the Cuddy Law Firm, PLLC in Auburn, New York. While there, Nina’s practice consisted of special education litigation and guardianship.

She has conducted education advocacy trainings for probation officers in Tompkins County and has presented twice at the Special Education Update CLE sponsored by the New York State Bar Association.

Nina is a member of the New York State Bar Association, Women’s Bar Association, and the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates.

Nina is also active in the community, having served on the board of the Community Dispute Resolution Center and is a regular participant in Women Swimmin’ raising money for Hospicare.

E-mail: nina@ithacalaw.com

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