Curriculum Vitae Dina C. Kaplan Attorney at Law P.O. Box 9055 Calabasas, California 91372 Tel: (818) 222-8118 Fax: (818) 222-2201 Email: email@example.com Website: www.specialkidslaw.com
Dina C. Kaplan has more than thirty three years of litigation experience.She was a civil litigator specializing in Real Estate, Construction and Personal Injury law for fourteen years.
In 1994 Ms. Kaplan had a son who was born with multiple physical and developmental disabilities.Her son, Brandon, has inspired her to make a difference in the lives of children with special needs. She refocused her law practice to special education law and civil rights for children with disabilities.Currently, her practice consists of representing children with disabilities in Individualized Education Program meetings, Mediation, Resolution Sessions, Due Process Hearings and State Level Complaints.She also represents and advises families in matters concerning Regional Centers, California Children’s Services, Medi-Cal and private insurance.
Ms. Kaplan’s journey advocating for her son made her realize how difficult it is to access services for children with special needs.As a result, in 1996 she started a non-profit organization, The K.E.N. Project, which provides support, education and training to parents of children with special needs and professionals who work with children with special needs. COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
THE LAS VIRGENES SPECIAL EDUCATION, PTA:Dina Kaplan was the President of LVSEPTA from its inception in October 2003 until October 2006.LVSEPTA was the first, district-wide Special Education PTA in California.The mission of LVSEPTA was to facilitate parents, school and community working together to enhance the lives of children with special needs.LVSEPTA provided parent education programs, fundraising for special projects and awards for exceptional educators.
BRANDON’S VILLAGE:Ms. Kaplan was instrumental in bringing this project to the City of Calabasas.The City of Calabasas, the Las Virgenes Special Education PTA,the Talbert Family Foundation, and Shane’s Inspiration combined their efforts to build the first universally accessible playground in the city.This playground is over seventy percent accessible for children of all abilities. The playground was named Brandon’s Village in honor of Ms. Kaplan’s son, Brandon. The Kaplan family received the 2006 Humanitarian Award from the City of Calabasas in honor of their achievement in bringing this wonderful playground to the city.On the first Saturday of every month, The K.E.N. Project, a non-profit organization run by Ms. Kaplan, coordinates play dates at the playground.They are called Brandon’s Buddies and they provide an opportunity for disabled children to play with their able-bodied peers and engage in arts and crafts projects, face painting, snacks and goodie bags.For more information email Dina at firstname.lastname@example.org.
EXCEPTIONAL PARENT:Dina was awarded the Exceptional Parent Maxwell J. Schleifer Distinguished Service Award on July 30, 2008 at the Disability Awareness Night at Dodger Stadium in recognition of her competitive spirit and effort on behalf of the disability community.
Juris Doctor, San Fernando Valley College of Law, Encino, California.Graduated: June 1980.California State Bar Exam: July 1980.Admitted to practice: December 1980.California State Bar Number: 93693
Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.Graduated:June 1977
Moot Court Honors invitee.
Vice-President, Environmental Law Society.
Law Review participant.Law Review Article published in San Fernando Valley Law Review, Annual Edition 1980, Volume Eight, entitled: “Marital Rape in California-For Better or For Worse.”
Bancroft-Whitney Award for Scholastic Achievement in Federal Income Tax. Bancroft-Whitney Award for Scholastic Achievement in Remedies.
Hastings College of Advocacy-San Francisco, California, Intensive trial techniques training workshop; Certificate of Completion of Beginners Workshop in August 1983 and the Advanced Workshop in March 1987.
1995 to present:Attorney specializing in special education law and children’s rights for children with disabilities.Ms. Kaplan represents families in Due Process proceedings regarding their children’s Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and their right to a Free, Appropriate Public Education (FAPE).She also assists families with issues concerning the Regional Centers, Medi-Cal, California Children’s Services and private insurance.
1996 to present:Ms. Kaplan is the founder and Executive Director of The K.E.N. Project which is a non-profit parent training organization that provides advocacy training and information to families of children with disabilities and professionals who work with children with disabilities.Ms. Kaplan leadsmonthly meetings for parents and professionals which include training, information, guest speakers, and support.Ms. Kaplan also speaks at conferences and workshops regarding advocacy and special education law. Ms. Kaplan also coordinates Brandon's Buddies, interactive play dates for children with and without disabilities. 1981-1995:Ms. Kaplan was the Chief Trial Attorney for the Law Offices of Jack A. Thompson and the Law Offices of Ralph J. Rubenstein in Encino, California.She handled all trials, mediations, arbitrations, settlement conferences and discovery.She specialized in matters involving real estate, construction and personal injury. 1986-1995: Ms. Kaplan sat as Judge Pro Tem in the Los Angeles Municipal Court and the Small Claims Court hearing all different kinds of cases from rental disputes to business disputes. She was also on the Los Angeles Superior Court Arbitration panel where she acted as the Arbitrator on numerous personal injury and real estate matters.
1980-1981:Ms. Kaplan was an associate attorney in the Law Offices of S. Myron Klarfeld, Beverly Hills, California where she handled matters involving primarily business and personal injury. 1978 (summer):Worked as a legislative intern for the National Park Service in Washington, D.C.Duties included attending hearings, writing legislative briefs and information regarding the National Parks.
The following is a list of speaking engagements that Ms. Kaplan has had since 1998: 06-04-98Lowman Special Education Center, Parent Support Group 02-10-99Asperger’s Parent Support Group 02-17-99Neighborhood Youth Association 02-24-99California State University, LA, Early Intervention 03-07-99 Autism Parent Support Group, CSUN 05-10-99Neighborhood Youth Association 08-08-99Autism Parent Support Group 08-15-99NLACRC, Parent Support Group 09-25-99CHAAD Program 10-09-99Tourettes Syndrome Conference (info. table only) 10-16-99Foothill SELPA Program (info. table only) 11-04-99West Valley Special Education Parent Support Group 11-11-99UCLA, Social Skills Parent Group 02-06-00Bureau of Jewish Education, Inform-a-Thon 03-10-00CHAAD 03-25-00Autism Conference, ASLA 04-06-00Westside Regional Center 04-22-00Festival Educational (info. table only) 06-02-00Festiva Educativa 09-12-00Feeding Conference 11-18-00Los Angeles County Office of Education (info. table only) 12-02-00Educational Therapists Conference (info. table only) 12-5-00Bureau of Jewish Education 01-19-01Santa Clarita SELPA (info. table only) 03-15&22-01 Jewish Family Services West Hills 04-28-01Festival Educational 05-05-01L.A. Council of School Nurses 06-08-01CHADD 06-09-01Fiesta Educativa 10-20-01Association of Educational Therapists (info. table only) 10-17-01Parent meeting at Bridges Academy 02-07-02UCP Westside Parent Support 02-27-02FACT Parent Support Group 03-23-02CICC Conference 04-05-02Association of Educational Therapists 04-11-02CHADD (Valley) 04-12-02CHADD (Conejo) 08-09-02Child Development Institute 11-02-02Child Care Resource Center 11-09-02Family Focus Empowerment Center 03-12-03Foothill Autism Alliance 04-27-03Medical Home Project Conference 05-19-03Inservice at Bridges Academy 09-07-03ADHD Conference for CHLA/USC 09-12-03CHADD of the Conejo 10-18-03CICC Conference @UCLA 10-18-03Stillpoint Resources Conference 11-14&16-03Booth at Autism Conference 12-06-03Whittier Autism Group 03-02-04Action Support Group Granada Hills 03-03-04Action Support Group Chatsworth 03-06-04Family Focus Conference Granada Hills 03-20-04Family Focus Conference Santa Clarita 05-14-04CHADD of the Conejo 09-28-04Pediatric Therapy Network 10-16-04Stillpoint Resources Conference (info. table only) 11-06-04CCRC conference 05-19-05Wilber Avenue support group 08-25-05Canoga Rotary Club 08-30-05NLAC Regional Center training (part one) 09-22-05UCP Westside Support Group 10-27-05NLAC Regional Center training (part two) 10-29-05Ride-On Presentation 11-15-05AET Valley Group 01-10-06Kiwanis Club of Calabasas 02-24-06Family Focus Empowerment Center 03-25-06Whittier Law School Symposium 04-24-06Alliance for Children’s Rights 05-19-06NLACRegional Center, Parents Support Group 07-13-06Alliance for Children’s Rights, Part Two 09-14-06UCP Westside Support Group 10-21-06Family Focus Empowerment Center Conference 01-20-07Because I Love You (BILY) 07-01-07NLAC Regional Center Parent Program Series 07-22-07NLAC Regional Center Parent Program Series 07-28-07NLAC Regional Center Parent Program Series 08-18-07NLAC Regional Center Parent Program Series 04-30-08NLAC Regional Center Training for Case Workers 03-06-09Cultivar y Crecer, Spanish Speaking Support Group 06-02-09Because I Love You (BILY)
THE STATE BAR OF CALIFORNIA – member since December 1980
COPAA - Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, Inc.:an independent, non-profit organization of attorneys, advocates, and parents whose mission is to secure high quality educational services for children with disabilities.
CAPCALAW – California Parent-Child Attorneys Network: a collaborative, statewide organization which monitors, analyzes, and responds to both legislative and policy initiatives which would affect the education of students with disabilities in California.
THE K.E.N. PROJECT – Executive Director since 1996 – provides advocacy training, referrals and support for parents of children with disabilities.Provides Brandon’s Buddies Play Dates for children with and without disabilities.