Ms. Chickering has represented public school districts for over thirty years, focusing her practice on general school law consulting, including employment and civil rights issues, open government, personnel, student matters, special education disputes, and litigation. She has appellate experience in both state and federal district courts, and considerable experience in appearing before administrative agencies. In 2006, Ms. Chickering started her own law practice, with an exclusive focus on furnishing services as an independent hearing officer/impartial Board advisor. Her practice included outside independent investigations of alleged employee misconduct, sexual harassment, and other circumstances requiring objective examination and assessment. She served as a hearing officer in all manner of disputes and grievances, including Section 504 hearings, as well as student and employee complaints. As Of Counsel to the Firm, Ms. Chickering’s current practice includes counseling school districts on general school law matters, student issues, labor and employment, open government, administrative hearings, and special education and disability law.