About Us

Nicole has been a passionate advocate for young people in Maryland since 2004. She is an attorney who represents children with disabilities in the special education process from identification and IEP development through administrative hearings, as well as suspension and expulsion appeals and youth who are involved with the juvenile justice system. 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.


She also advocates for people with disabilities in the process of obtaining and maintaining services through Maryland Medicaid, Medicaid Waivers and other State programs. Nicole was named a "Rising Star" in Schools and Education by Super Lawyers in 2012.


Nicole is a member of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, the International Dyslexia Association, and the Maryland State Bar Association.

Publications and Media

Nicole Joseph discussing IDEA on WPFW 9/15/17
MP3 Audio File 27.5 MB
The Civil Rights Crisis in Schools 09/16
Nicole Joseph
Maryland Bar Journal
Civil Rights in School MD Bar Journal 20
Adobe Acrobat Document 374.9 KB

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: