Catherine Merino Reisman, Esq.
Reisman Carolla Gran LLP, Haddonfield, NJ
Ms. Reisman is a founding member of Reisman Carolla Gran LLP, a Haddonfield, New Jersey firm specializing in the representation of children and adults with disabilities in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and nationally. She is immediate past Chair and a member of the Board of Directors of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates ("COPAA"), a national independent, nonprofit, tax-exempt organization of attorneys, advocates and parents. COPAA's primary mission is to secure high quality educational services for children with disabilities. Ms. Reisman is a member of COPAA's Executive Committee and Co-Chair of the Amicus and Conference Committees. She serves on the Board of SPANNER, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for young people with developmental disabilities in South Jersey. She is a parent member of the Program Advisory Board to the New Jersey Coalition for Inclusive Education. In 1985, Ms. Reisman graduated magna cum laude from New York University with a degree in French and Italian. In 1989, she received her J.D. from Yale Law School. After law school, she clerked for the Honorable Edward N. Cahn of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Subsequently, she worked at a small Center City Philadelphia firm handling civil rights and discrimination matters. Immediately prior to forming her current firm, Ms. Reisman practiced at a mid-sized regional law firm where she was concentrated on representation of children with disabilities and was co-chair of the Special Education practice group. Ms. Reisman speaks regularly to groups of parents and attorneys regarding special education, civil rights, and disability rights.