Maryam Rastegar is an associate with the firm's San Diego office, where she primarily assists clients in special education and student matters. Ms. Rastegar serves as the co-chair of the firm's Student Services & Special Education Practice Group.
Ms. Rastegar advises school districts, county offices of education and special education local plan areas on a wide range of special education related matters. Ms. Rastegar also represents local educational agencies in all aspects of due proceedings before the California Office of Administrative Hearings, including early resolution meetings, mediations, and due process hearings. Ms. Rastegar is admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Central District of California.
Prior to joining F3, Ms. Rastegar served as a legal intern at the University of San Diego Education & Disability Clinic, where she represented low-income families in matters ranging from school discipline to special education. In addition, Ms. Rastegar was a policy intern for the USD's Child Advocacy Institute, researching state legislation addressing the educational rights of foster youth.
While in law school, Ms. Rastegar was awarded the Bergstrom Child Welfare Law Fellowship by the University of Michigan School of Law due to her commitment to the field of children's education. As a Bergstrom Fellow, she interned at the Alliance for Children's Rights in Los Angeles, where she worked primarily on special education-related matters.
Ms. Rastegar received her Juris Doctor from the University of San Diego School of Law, where she received the CALI Excellence for the Future Award for the highest grade in Professional Responsibility. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles. Outside of her professional activities, Ms. Rastegar volunteers for a San Diego-based nonprofit organization, Just in Time for Foster Youth, and serves on the Lawyers Club of San Diego, Human Trafficking Task Force Committee. She speaks conversational Farsi.
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