Sanmathi (Sanu) Dev


Ms. Dev concentrates her practice on the representation of boards of education and charter schools in all areas of school law including: labor and employment, special education, Section 504, student discipline, FERPA, Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act, student residency, civil rights, tenure, OPRA, and OPMA. In connection with these representations, she is experienced in handling matters before State and Federal courts, including the Office of Administrative Law. Ms. Dev is an experienced special education litigator and defends school districts in due process hearings from inception through trial. In addition, she has handled matters before governmental agencies, including the U.S. Office for Civil Rights and New Jersey Division on Civil Rights. Ms. Dev routinely conducts training and seminars, drafts policies and manuals, and provides strategic advice to school administrators regarding school law issues.

Ms. Dev also leads Capehart Scatchard’s  School Law Blog, which focuses on cases, court decisions, and current developments affecting education law in the state of New Jersey.

Honors and Awards

  • Recognized as one of South Jersey’s “Awesome Attorneys” as published by South Jersey Magazine, 2014
  • Recognized as one of South Jersey’s Top Attorneys as published by SJ Magazine, 2015

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Burlington County Bar Association, Member
  • Camden County Bar Associaton, Member
  • South Asian Bar Association of New Jersey, Member
  • South Jersey Young Professionals Association, Member
  • New Jersey School Boards Association, Member
  • New Jersey Charter School Association, Member


  • “Uncommon Accommodations: Service Animals in Schools,” New Jersey School Boards Association Spring School Law Forum, June 2017
  • “The IDEA, FBAs and BIPs: Legal Requirements and Grey Areas,” National Business Institute, Cherry Hill, June 2017
  • “Student Surveys and Evaluations: Do’s and Don’ts,” National Business Institute, Princeton, May 2017
  • “Student Residency & Homeless,” New Jersey Association of School Administrators Spring Leadership Conference, May 2017
  • “Mental Health, Including Therapeutic Placements: Balancing the Law and Family Support,” Lehigh University 45th Annual Special Education Law Conference, May 2017
  • “Guide to Special Education Law for Attorneys & Educators: IEPs,” Camden County Bar Association, March 2017
  • “Legal Training for Administrators: FAPE, Student Discipline, Manifestation Determinations and More,” Washington Township School District, January 2017
  • “Handling IEP & Section 504 Plan Disputes,” National Business Institute, Cherry Hill, December 2016
  • “Section 504 Plan Reviews & Reevaluations: Legal Best Practices,” National Business Institute, Cherry Hill, December 2016
  • “Special Education Training: FAPE, Eligibility, IEEs & More,” Haddonfield School District, November 2016
  • “Student Eligibility for Enrollment,” Haddonfield School District, September 2016
  • “Identifying & Preventing Harassment in the Workplace,” International Academy of Trenton Charter School, August 2016
  • “School Ethics Update: Shared Services and Volunteerism,” New Jersey School Boards Association, Spring School Law Forum, June 2016
  • “Nuts & Bolts of Section 504 and Student Discipline,’ 8th Annual New Jersey Charter Schools Conference, May 2016
  • “Student Discipline Training,” International Academy of Trenton Charter Schools, February 2016
  • “Section 504 Training,” Florence Township School District, February 2016
  • “Understanding the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights and HIB,” International Academy of Trenton Charter School, November 2015
  • “Writing Effective & Legally Defensible IEPs,” Haddonfield School District, November 2015
  • “Application of the Establishment & Free Exercise Clauses,” Woodstown-Pilesgrove Regional School District, September 2015
  • “Legal Ethics in the Age of Social Media,” New Jersey School Boards Association, June 2015
  • “Student Residency, Eligibility for Enrollment, and Homelessness,” Florence Township School District, January 2015

Published Works

  • Implications of the Parental Right to Unilaterally Revoke Consent of Services on the Rights of a Child with Learning Disabilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Rutgers Journal of Law & Public Policy, 8 Rutgers J.L. & Pub. Pol’y 745 (Lexis 2011)