What is Resolutions in Special Education (RISE)?

In March of 2000, Julie J. Weatherly, Esq. established RISE, Inc. primarily for the purpose of providing consulting and legal services to public school districts and other educational agencies to assist them in their efforts to comply with laws applicable to educating students with disabilities. Having provided legal representation since 1986 to agencies exclusively in the area of special education law, Julie believed that her clients (as well as students with disabilities) would be better served by first exploring preventive avenues before formal litigation ensues.  As a part of these preventive services, RISE provides ongoing day-to-day consultation, policy/procedure review, inservice training, workshops, conferences and seminars for educators, mediators, hearing officers and law judges, LEA Representatives and other IEP team members and parent groups.  In addition, RISE has access to a variety of experts in the field of special education and special services provision to assist its clients in their efforts to effectively and efficiently educate students with disabilities.  RISE also continues to provide formal representation in matters that have become litigious, including representation at formal or informal meetings, including mediation and resolution sessions, due process hearings and court proceedings.  RISE's attorneys also often assist their clients in responding to complaints filed with state and federal agencies under the IDEA, Section 504 or other relevant laws.

 
On January 1, 2013, Leslie A. Allen, Esq. joined RISE to assist in defending school systems and other agencies in special education matters and ensuring their continuous compliance with the law.  Leslie is located in the Birmingham, Alabama office and can be reached at the Birmingham address and number provided below.  On February 1, 2016, Kevin W. Pendley, Esq. joined RISE in order to provide more expansive services to school districts and agencies in the State of Florida and can be reached using the contact information below for the Florida office.
 
 
Julie, Leslie are Kevin are all members of the State Bars of Georgia.  Julie and Leslie are also members of the Alabama State Bar and Kevin is also a member of the Florida Bar.
 
Representative Clients
 
RISE provides special education consulting and legal services to many educational agencies, including but not limited to:
 
Alabama:

The Alabama Department of Education, Special Education Services; Anniston City Schools; Alexander City Schools; Athens City Schools; Auburn City Schools; Calhoun County Schools; Chambers County Schools; Clay County Schools; Cleburne County Schools; Coffee County Schools; Covington County Schools; Crenshaw County Schools; Enterprise City Schools; Eufala City Schools; Geneva County Schools; Houston County Schools; Lamar County Schools; Lee County Schools;  Marion County Schools;  Marshall County  Schools; Monroe County Schools; Opp City Schools; Oxford City Schools; Pell City Schools; Phenix City Schools; Piedmont City Schools; Pike Road Schools; Randolph County Schools; St. Clair County Schools; Talladega County Schools; Tallassee City Schools; Trussvile City Schools; and Washington County Schools.

Florida:

The Florida Department of Education, BEESS; Bay County Schools; Baker County Schools; Broward County Schools; Calhoun County Schools; Charlotte County Schools; Clay County Schools; Columbia County Schools; Dixie County Schools; Gilchrist County Schools; Gulf County Schools; Franklin County Schools; Hamilton County Schools; Holmes County Schools; Jackson County Schools; Lee County Schools; Liberty County Schools; Marion County Schools; Monroe County Schools; Nassau County Schools; Okaloosa County Schools; Pasco County Schools; Putnam County Schools; Suwannee County Schools; Taylor County Schools; Union County Schools; Volusia County Schools; Walton County Schools; Wakulla County Schools; and Washington County Schools.

 
Georgia:
 
Coweta County Schools

The following language is required by the Alabama Rules of Professional Conduct:
No representation is made that the quality of legal services to be performed is greater than the quality of services performed by other lawyers.