Nicole knew she wanted to practice civil rights law even before law school after working as a paralegal in a civil rights law firm in Washington D.C.. Her private legal practice representing children’s rights came naturally as a result of that desire and several related experiences, including working in schools, representing children with regard to their health care needs under the Maryland Medicaid program, representing children in special education and school discipline cases at Disability Rights Maryland (DRM), and experiencing the frustrations of the special education process as a parent.
After representing hundreds of children in her 14 years at DRM, Nicole founded the Law Offices of Nicole Joseph in order to provide highly personalized legal representation for families navigating the special education process.
Nicole’s practice focuses on representing children with disabilities in the special education process, including diagnosis or identification, IEP development, progress monitoring, and mediation or administrative hearings, as well as suspension and expulsion appeals and juvenile justice system involvement. Nicole often represents students with learning disabilities, dyslexia, autism, ADHD, and emotional and behavioral disabilities. Clients appreciate that Nicole values the relationships that families have with their schools and strives to facilitate respectful dialogue while ensuring the best outcome for the child. Nicole also advocates for people with disabilities in the process of obtaining and maintaining services through Maryland Medicaid, Medicaid Waivers and other State programs.
Nicole has appeared on several media outlets including WYPR and WPFW, lectures and leads trainings on special education law and school discipline law for both professionals and parents, and is a guest lecturer in law schools. Nicole’s writings have appeared in The Maryland Bar Journal and The Trial Reporter. Nicole was named a "Rising Star" in Schools and Education by Super Lawyers in 2012 and is a member of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, the International Dyslexia Association, and the Maryland State Bar Association.
A highly attentive level of service that includes personal availability to every client, and the full utilization of digital technology are hallmarks of Nicole’s practice. This includes a secure client portal for document sharing, online scheduling, video consultation if preferred, credit card payments, and availability by cell phone or text.
When she is not practicing law, Nicole is raising a houseful of boys, and therefore is scared of nothing.
Nicole discussing the School to Prison pipeline on WYPR:
Press release on Nicole's work with the Maryland Coalition to Reform School Discpline to curb the suspension of 4, 5, and 6 year olds: