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Former Illinois State Board of Education General Counsel Joins Franczek Radelet

April 30, 2015

Franczek Radelet is pleased to welcome former Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) general counsel Nicki Bazer as the newest member of its Education Practice Group. Her experience at ISBE will serve as a valuable asset for the firm’s numerous Illinois public school district clients as they navigate the evolving regulations and reform initiatives endorsed by the ISBE.

“Nicki’s first-hand knowledge of the regulations and reform initiatives of ISBE in the last few years, and the respect she has earned from public education stakeholders throughout the State further enriches the Firm’s reputation and the depth of our services for those in the education community,” commented Dana Fattore Crumley, co-chair of the Firm’s Education Practice Group.

Nicki focuses her legal practice on special education, teacher misconduct issues, educator licensure compliance, student assessment, English Language learners, and general public school legal compliance, as well as charter schools. Her experience has included providing advice and support to districts which are under direct state oversight. She also has experience facilitating state-wide working groups on student data privacy and the state school funding formula. Additionally, she oversaw the agency’s legislative agenda, which included drafting legislation, working with education stakeholders, and testifying before the Illinois General Assembly. Nicki has extensive litigation experience and has worked on matters related to internal agency legal issues, including contract and data share agreements, procurement, agency policies and procedures, FOIA and risk assessment on agency initiatives.

Prior to joining ISBE in 2012, Nicki served as bureau chief for the Illinois Attorney General’s Disability Rights Bureau. She also completed a federal judicial clerkship with Chief Judge Janet Hall in the U.S. District Court of Connecticut. She earned her J.D., cum laude, from New York University Law School and her B.A., cum laude, highest distinction, from Northwestern University.