Nicole Joseph

Nicole Joseph is an education attorney who has dedicated her career to representing children with disabilities. She primarily represents students in the special education process and in school discipline concerns and appeals, as well as young people in juvenile justice system issues, and children with special health care needs. Nicole often represents students with dyslexia and other learning disabilities, autism, ADHD, twice-exceptional students, and students with emotional and behavioral concerns.

Nicole opened her education law practice after working in schools, representing hundreds of children in special education, school discipline, and medicaid cases at Disability Rights Maryland, and experiencing the frustrations of the special education process as a parent.

Nicole completed her undergraduate studies at Oberlin College and received her law degree from The University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. Nicole has appeared on several media outlets including WYPR and WPFW, lectures and leads trainings on special education law and school discipline law for both professionals and parents, and is a guest lecturer in law schools. Nicole’s writings have appeared in The Maryland Bar Journal and The Trial Reporter. Nicole was named a “Rising Star” in Schools and Education by Super Lawyers in 2012 and is a member of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, the International Dyslexia Association, and the Maryland State Bar Association.

Clients appreciate that Nicole values the relationships that families have with their schools and strives to facilitate respectful dialogue while firmly advocating for the best outcome for the child.

When she is not practicing law, Nicole is raising a houseful of boys, and therefore is scared of nothing.

Publications and Media

Interview with Melissa Corkrum of The Cork Board August 23, 2019. Available here.  

Trial Reporter, Journal of the Maryland Association for Justice, Inc.,Causes of Action Against a School under IDEA, Spring 2018

Nicole Joseph discussing IDEA on WPFW 9/15/17
wpfw_arise_IDEA.mp3
MP3 Audio File 27.5 MB

The Civil Rights Crisis in Schools 09/16
Nicole Joseph 
Maryland Bar Journal
Civil Rights in School MD Bar Journal 20
Adobe Acrobat Document 374.9 KB

Nicole discussing the School to Prison pipeline on WYPR:
http://wypr.org/post/discipline-suspensions-and-school-prison-pipeline

Press release on Nicole’s work with the Maryland Coalition to Reform School Discipline to end the suspension of 4, 5, and 6 year olds:
https://disabilityrightsmd.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/CRSD-hb425hb1287pressfinal.pdf