Joel Mandelbaum, Staff Attorney, Special Education

Joel advocates for appropriate placement and services for children with special needs. Such advocacy may involve negotiations with school officials and staff, including principals, psychologists, and teachers; attendance at meetings where students’ annual programs are developed; and administrative hearings and appeals. Joel has practiced law for thirty-four years. Before joining NYLAG, he worked on a broad range of real estate matters, including project financing for community groups and other not-for-profit organizations. He also was a part-time administrative law judge for a city agency that adjudicated violations of building, fire, and other laws. He attended Columbia College, has a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and graduated from the Northwestern University School of Law, where he was a notes and comments editor of the law review. Before going to law school, he was a freelance newspaper reporter for The New York Times (Sunday Real Estate Section), The Village Voice, and the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.