Professor Crystal Grant joined the Pediatric Advocacy Clinic in July 2017. Her research interests are in special education with an emphasis on equal access to accommodations for all children with disabilities. Prior to joining the clinic, Professor Grant worked for Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service Inc. (MPAS), where she advocated for persons with disabilities across the state of Michigan. At MPAS, she represented children and their families in administrative hearings and federal court. She has conducted numerous trainings on special education and related topics, including trauma-informed care in schools and bullying, for organizations such as the National Business Institute, the Institute of Continuing Legal Education, and Community Mental Health agencies. Her representation of students includes participation in IEP team meetings, Section 504 meetings, and complaints with the Michigan Department of Education. She has received favorable resolutions for clients through the Office of Civil Rights and the Department of Justice.
Professor Grant received her master's degree in social work from the University of Michigan and her law degree from Michigan State University College of Law. Following law school, she clerked for the Hon. Janelle A. Lawless of the Ingham County Circuit Court, where she conducted legal research on family law, child welfare, and juvenile justice issues. Before joining the Pediatric Advocacy Clinic, Professor Grant served as an adjunct professor with Spring Arbor University.
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