Hope N. Kirsch
Hope N. Kirsch is an attorney in Arizona where she practices special education law with her sister and law partner Lori Kirsch-Goodwin. Together they are “parent attorneys” representing students and their families in disputes with school districts and charter schools throughout Arizona. Hope graduated Boston University in 1975 with a B.S. in special education, the same year that Congress enacted the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. She also has an M.A. in Education from New York University, 30+ post-graduate credits in school administration and her law degree from Brooklyn Law School. After nearly 20 years as a teacher and school administrator, Hope entered the law profession, served as a judicial law clerk and then practiced insurance defense and commercial litigation in NY, NJ and Arizona. She has been practicing education law on the student side for the last 15 years. Hope is admitted before the state and federal courts in New York, New Jersey and Arizona, and the 9th Circuit. She is AV® Preeminent rated (5.0 out of 5.0) and was recently appointed to serve as a Judge Pro Tem in the Superior Court of Maricopa County. She is a frequent speaker in Arizona and around the country to train attorneys, advocates, parents and educators in special education law, and is often consulted by attorneys in other states on special education matters. A Brooklyn girl at heart, she lives in the Scottsdale desert with her husband, Barry Kluger, and their two cockapoos, Farfel and Schmaltzy.