Sanmathi (Sanu) Dev

Hiring Shareholder

Sanmathi (Sanu) Dev, Esq. is a Shareholder at Capehart Scatchard and concentrates her practice on the representation of boards of education and school districts in all areas of education 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 an experienced litigator before State and Federal courts, including the Office of Administrative Law.  She routinely defends school districts and employers in a variety of claims involving employee discipline and termination, discrimination, harassment, hostile work environment, leaves of absence, Family and Medical Leave Act, New Jersey Family Leave Act, health and safety, whistleblowing, Americans with Disabilities Act, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and First Amendment.  Ms. Dev is also an experienced special education litigator and defends school districts in due process hearings from inception through trial. In addition, she litigates employment, labor, and civil rights claims before governmental agencies, including the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, U.S. Office for Civil Rights, New Jersey Public Employment Relations Commission, and New Jersey Division on Civil Rights.

Ms. Dev also serves as labor counsel and chief negotiator on behalf of employers.  She negotiates collective bargaining agreements with union leadership and manages contract negotiations with various collective bargaining units.  Ms. Dev defends grievances, disputes, and arbitrations related to collective bargaining agreements.

Ms. Dev founded and serves as the Chair of Capehart Scatchard’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee.  Ms. Dev also serves as Capehart Scatchard’s Hiring Shareholder.

Ms. Dev is a Co-Chair of the Burlington County Bar Association’s Diversity, Inclusion, and Leadership Committee. She also serves on the Rutgers Law Dean’s Council and is a member of the Rutgers Alumni for Diversity, Inclusion, Community-Building, and Access in the Law (RADICAL). She is a former trustee of the South Asian Bar Association of New Jersey.

Ms. Dev earned her B.A. degree from Boston University and her J.D. degree from Rutgers Law School.  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 New Jersey, Pennsylvania, District Court for the District of New Jersey, and Third Circuit Court of Appeals.

Bar Admissions

New Jersey

Pennsylvania

District Court, District of New Jersey

Third Circuit Court of Appeals

Education

Rutgers School of Law, Camden, NJ. Juris Doctorate.

Boston University, Boston, MA. Bachelor of Arts.

Publications

“New Jersey School Law Blog” (www.njschoollawblog.com) features contributions from attorneys in Capehart Scatchard’s school law group. The blog is devoted to current developments in New Jersey education law affecting school districts, charter schools, students, and employees. Editor, 2016-present.

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).

Media Appearances

Justice for All, interviewed by Rebecca Burger, Esq., 2020:  click here.

Professional Awards & Honors

Selected to the “New Jersey Super Lawyer – Rising Star” list (2019-2021 in the area of Schools & Education)

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Rutgers Law–Camden Alumni Association’s 2019 Recent Graduate Award, 10th Annual Distinguished Alumni Awards Celebration, November 2019.

Selected Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America(2023 in the area of Education Law)

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Professional Associations & Memberships

Burlington County Bar Association, Co-Chair of the Diversity, Inclusion & Leadership Committee

South Asian Bar Association of New Jersey

New Jersey School Boards Association

Rutgers Law Dean’s Advisory Council

Rutgers Alumni for Diversity, Inclusion, Community-Building and Access in the Law

Classes & Seminars

“Why Say Gay: A Look at Dangerous Trending Legislation,”  Burlington County Bar Association, Diversity, Inclusion & Leadership virtual panel discussion, moderator, June 2022.

“Celebrating Black History: Civil Rights, Voting Rights and Black Health” Diversity & Inclusion virtual panel discussion, moderator, April 2022.

“Celebrating Hispanic/Latinx Heritage:  Legal and Diversity Issues,” Diversity & Inclusion virtual panel discussion, November 2021

“A Deep Dive into Discovery,” Employment Law webinar, New Jersey Association for Justice, December 2020

“Are you Winning? How to Succeed as an Intern or Entry-Level Attorney,” virtual panel discussion, Widener University Delaware Law, September 2020

“Administrative Council Workshop: Employee Investigations and Discipline,” Washington Township Board of Education, February 2020

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“School Law: Social Media and Apps, Cyberbullying, Privacy, and Other Technology,” NBI, December 2019

“Title IX & Affirmative Action – New Jersey School Boards Association,” Fall School Law Forum, October 2019

“What You Need to Know About HIB,” Florence Township School District, April 2019

“Seventh Annual Title IX Summit,” Panelist, Rowan University, June 2019

“Section 504 & Student Records,” Washington Township School District, September 2018

“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.