Sanmathi (Sanu) Dev, Esq. is a Shareholder at Capehart Scatchard and concentrates her practice on the representation of boards of education in all areas of school law including: labor and employment, special education, Section 504, student discipline, student records, Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act, School Ethics Act, student residency, civil rights, tenure, negotiations, Open Public Records Act, and Open Public Meetings Act. 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 litigates matters before governmental agencies, including the U.S. Office for Civil Rights, New Jersey Public Employment Relations Commission, 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 (www.njschoollawblog.com) which focuses on cases, court decisions, and current developments affecting education law in the State of New Jersey.
Ms. Dev founded and serves as the Chair of Capehart Scatchard’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee. In 2017, the New Jersey Law Journal selected Ms. Dev as a Diverse Attorney of the Year. In July 2018, Ms. Dev was appointed as Capehart Scatchard’s Hiring Shareholder.
Ms. Dev earned her B.A. degree from Boston University in 2008 and her J.D. degree from Rutgers Law School in 2011. During her time in law school, she served as the Managing Research Editor of the Rutgers Journal of Law & Public Policy where her article, 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, was published in 2011. She also served as the Vice-President of the Asian Pacific-American Law Students Association. Immediately after graduating from law school, Ms. Dev served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Ronald E. Bookbinder, A.J.S.C. in Burlington County. Ms. Dev is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and the District Court for the District of New Jersey.
“Student Discipline,” New Jersey School Boards Association Spring School Law Forum, June 2018
“The Open Public Records Act,” Barclay Insurance, May 2018
“Writing Effective and Legally Defensible IEPs,” Gateway Regional High School District, February 2018
“Who is Eligible? Understanding Eligibility for Special Education,” Haddonfield School District, February 2018
“Student Residency and Homelessness,” New Jersey School Boards Association Fall School Law Forum, October 2017.
“Dos and Don’ts of Special Education Law,” New Jersey Charter School Conference, October 2017.
“Section 504 Training,” Washington Township School District, September 2017.
“Special Education Legal Training,” Florence Township School District, August 2017.
“Student Discipline and Special Education Training for Administrators,” International Academy of Trenton Charter School, August 2017.
“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 & Homelessness,” 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.