Hope N. Kirsch is a 20+ year attorney with the law firm of Kirsch-Goodwin & Kirsch, PLLC, in Scottsdale, Arizona. She represents and advises students and their families throughout the state of Arizona in all school related matters and disputes, including IEPs, due process, discipline, bullying, and restraint and seclusion.
Prior to her law career, Hope was a special education teacher and school administrator of special education programs for nearly 20 years in NYC. She taught in various placements ranging from self-contained classes to special education day schools and hospital programs. Hope supervised and trained special education teachers in teaching strategies, curriculum development, IEPs and behavior management. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in special education from Boston University, a Masters of Art degree in Special Education from New York University with a focus on emotional disabilities, and she earned 30+ post-graduate credits in educational supervision and administration. Hope then attended Brooklyn Law School from which she received her Juris Doctorate degree.
Hope is admitted and has litigated before the state and Federal District courts in New York, New Jersey, Arizona and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, and she litigates due process complaints before the Office of Administrative Hearings. Hope was instrumental in the passage of the first legislation in Arizona addressing restraint and seclusion and is currently involved in expanding that legislation. She sits on the Governing Board of Arizona Autism United, she is a member of the Council of Parent Advocates and Attorneys, and she is a house manager for the Council of Jews with Special Needs. Hope is rated AV® Preeminent™ by her peers and judges, representing the highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards. She is a frequent speaker nationally and locally on education law, and has trained mental health professionals, education advocates, attorneys and parents in educational advocacy.