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Laura A. Athens

Laura Athens has a wide array of experience in alternative dispute resolution (ADR), having served as a mediator, arbitrator, special education hearing officer, vocational rehabilitation hearing officer, guardian ad litem-arbitrator and facilitator in the higher education setting.  For 25 years, Laura has focused her practice on education law and ADR, and because of her reputation for achieving fair and innovative results, she has earned the respect and trust of elementary, secondary and university professionals, parents, students, and their legal counsel.

Early in her legal career, Laura clerked for the chief judge of the U.S. District Court of Eastern Missouri. She was a member of the Washington University School of Law faculty as an Adjunct Professor and Visiting Assistant Professor, teaching legal research and writing.  Subsequently, she served as an Adjunct Professor at Wayne State University Law School, teaching Education Law, Health Law and Bio-Ethics.

Laura is a frequent presenter for organizations such as the Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Oakland County Bar Association, Oakland Schools, Wayne Regional Educational Service Agency, Washtenaw Intermediate School District, Council for Parents, Advocates and Attorneys and local law schools. She has published numerous articles on mediation, facilitation, arbitration, education law and health law in the Michigan Bar JournalMichigan Lawyers Weekly, Oakland County Bar Association Laches magazine, University of Colorado Law Review, and Washington University Law Quarterly.  She has also appeared on the Practical Law and Due Process television programs addressing mediation and school-related topics.

In addition to her law degree, Laura has a Master’s degree in Social Work. Prior to entering law school, she provided counseling to individuals, couples and families in hospital and community mental health settings.