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Inspiring Conversations with Adam Wasserman of Education Justice Law Group

Today we’d like to introduce you to Adam Wasserman.

Hi Adam, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I’m an Attorney and Managing Partner of Education Justice Law Group, which specializes in ensuring both parent’s and students’ rights are maintained throughout a child’s education. Early in my career, I recognized significant flaws in the education system. 

I have spent my entire professional career leveling the playing field for people with disabilities while working to help to remove the shame, stigma, and fear often experienced by clients. For most of my clients, I personally attend to their Individual Education Plans (IEP) and oversee their educational needs. I firmly believe that parents have a civil right to be involved in their child’s education plan. At Education Justice Law Group, we have been successful in negotiating and receiving services and compensation and have seen countless lives change for the better.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
My journey has not always been smooth. I grew up with dyslexia and ADHD and as such, I had tremendous learning challenges in reading, attention, and listening. School was impossible during my early life and I received very little understanding assistance. When I was able to determine what I wanted to do with my life, I was instilled with inspiration and energy that gave me the ability to face my challenges head on. For example, when I took my SAT’s, I was in the bottom percentile despite working very hard for that result. However, when I took my LSAT seven years later, I finished in the top 15th percentile. We can always be on the brink of magnificent changes, but we have to roll up our sleeves and do the work ourselves. In doing so, we can discover a new self that brings with it the abilities not present before. By having a positive outlook on life, being laser-focused on my goals, and forgiving everyone and everything that has caused me harm, I was able to become the person I am today.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your business?
Education Justice Law Group covers all of California and represents children and young adults from age three through high school who are eligible for special education. Education Justice Law Group exists to help improve a child’s educational experience by addressing their academic, social, emotional, attentional, or physical limitations. We believe so strongly in our ability to advocate for special education students that our attorneys exclusively practice in this area of law. Our attorneys and advocates have substantial experience in special education law and are committed to seeing that every student gets an appropriate education.

In my practice, we find ways to locate potential and nurture children toward a meaningful and purposeful life. We are most proud of the clients that were identified as low functioning but turned a corner when they were able to realize their purpose and find their center. In those cases, the pilot light comes and a different trajectory is projected. These changes are real and we see that happening everyday.

Are there any apps, books, podcasts, blogs or other resources you think our readers should check out?
Various authors, writers, and inspiring figures have helped me throughout my life’s journey. A key motivator in my life is the author Zig Ziglar. He taught me that regardless of your past, you can go where you want to go, do want you want to do, and be what you want to be. In the same spirit, Ralph Waldo Emerson writes: “What lies behind us, and what lies before us are but tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” Similarly, Gabriel García Márquez writes in his novel, Love in the Time of Cholera, that “Human beings are not born once and for all on the day their mothers give birth to them, but … life obliges them over and over again to give birth to themselves.” I am also very inspired by writings and practices of forgiveness by Dr. Robert Enright of the University of Wisconsin and Desmond Tutu.

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