Chicago IL 60606
- J.D., Magna cum laude, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, 2007
- B.A., summa cum laude, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2000, (sociology)
Bar & Court Admissions
- U.S. Supreme Court
- U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Central Districts of Illinois
- U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
Amy Kosanovich Dickerson
Amy represents educational institutions, including public school districts, charter schools, private schools, and higher education institutions, in a variety of education law matters. Amy counsels clients in labor and employment, special education, student rights, student discipline, and school board policy and governance. Amy represents public school districts in individual educational program (IEP) meetings, due process matters, and residency and discipline hearings. She also represents clients in state and federal court litigation and before the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights and the Illinois Attorney General’s Office. In the past year, she has worked for nearly 40 school districts.
Prior to joining the Firm, Amy served as the law clerk for the Honorable Morton Denlow, U.S. Magistrate Judge, Northern District of Illinois. During law school, Amy was a Child Law Fellow with the Civitas ChildLaw Center, the executive editor of student articles for the school’s Law Journal, and senior editor of the Children’s Legal Rights Journal. Amy received awards for Leadership, Service and Pro Bono Recognition while at Loyola, and awards for highest grade in Constitutional Law, Legal Writing, and Family Law. Prior to attending law school, Amy taught fifth and sixth grades in the District of Columbia Public School System as a Teach for America Corps Member.
Amy is recognized by Illinois Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in Schools and Education Law (2012-2013). Amy is an active member of the Illinois Council of School Attorneys and the National Council of School Attorneys and frequently speaks on education law topics at Illinois State Bar Association events. She is also a member of the American, Illinois State, and Chicago Bar Associations. She serves as a faculty member for Loyola’s Childlaw Trial Practice course, and has previously served as a legal writing professor.
Amy authored the article “Rules of the Game” published in the July/August 2013 issue of the American School Board Journal that discusses the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights’ (OCR) “Dear Colleague Letter” that provided guidance on accommodating students with disabilities in extracurricular athletic activities. Amy is frequently quoted by SpecialEd Connection, a widely recognized resource for the education industry, on the guidelines under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the ADA Amendments Act, as well as various special education topics. Additionally, she was quoted in the May 2010 issue of Section 504 Compliance Advisor. She authored “One Family in Two Courts: Coordination in Illinois’ Juvenile and Domestic Relations Courts,” 37 Loy. U. Chi. L.J. 571-615 (2006), “The Social Impact of Schools on Adolescent Mental Health” (B.A. Thesis), and co-authored “Child Welfare Consent Decrees: Analysis of Thirty-Five Court Actions from 1995-2005.”
Amy participates in various community interest initiatives with Franczek Radelet, including the Lawyers in the Classroom Program, and leading the Firm’s Education Law Practicum program with Loyola University Chicago School of Law. Amy enjoys running and participating in Chicago’s various races to benefit children and youth organizations. She also stays busy keeping up with her twin daughters.
- “Rules of the Game,” American School Board Journal, July/August 2013
- “No Such Thing As A Free Aide: The Risks Associated With Parent-Paid Providers on School Grounds,” Inquiry & Analysis, April 2012
- “Education Reform in Illinois: Making Performance Count,” Illinois Public Employee Relations Report, Winter 2012 (co-author)
- CDC Releases Food Allergy Guidelines for Schools
- Schools Now Required to Report When a Student Poses a “Clear and Present Danger”
- Court Finds Board of Education and District Employees Immune from Liability for Claims Related to District’s Response to Bullying
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