Kendra represents educational institutions, including public school districts, charter schools, private schools, and higher education institutions, in a variety of education law matters. Kendra counsels and provides trainings to clients related to student issues, including special education, discipline, residency, bullying, records, and free expression. She also counsels clients related to harassment investigations, intergovernmental agreements, and threat assessments.
Kendra is a frequent presenter at education conferences, contributor to our Special Education Law Insights blog, and the host of our Education Law Insights podcast. She is also the pro bono coordinator for the firm and volunteers at the Expungement Help Desk through Cabrini Green Legal Aid.
While in law school, Kendra served as an executive editor for the Annual Review of Criminal Procedure, published by the Georgetown Law Journal. Prior to attending law school, she taught seventh and eighth grade special education reading and language arts in Houston as a Teach for America corps member. Kendra was a Division I swimmer and silver medalist at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. She and her husband are now teaching their two young children to swim.
- Serves as lead counsel in special education mediations and due process hearings regarding placement, evaluation, programming, and services provided to students with disabilities.
- Represents school districts at residency and student discipline hearings.
- Represents school districts in complaints before the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, the Illinois State Board of Education, and the Illinois Department of Human Rights.
Kendra has been recognized as an Emerging Lawyer by Law Bulletin Publishing.
In 2001, Kendra received the Honda Inspiration Award, which honors one female collegiate athlete nationally for overcoming personal adversity. In 2000, she was a member of the United States Paralympic Swimming Team and earned four silver Paralympic medals.