How can I find a lawyer knowledgeable enough about child care facilities so that I am not paying for DCFS continuing education?

I operate a child care facility licensed by DCFS. DCFS regulations and the child care statutes allow certain exemptions for facilities that are”urban,” however the regulations and statute do not define urban. We have been denied these exemptions because licensing reps claimed we were not in an urban area, in their opinion. A declaratory ruling agreed with the licensing people. In the absence of a definition, how can I proceed to challenge their ruling? I have done so outside Illinois in a similar case, using census bureau definitions of the term.

Asked on February 20, 2013 under Business Law, Illinois

Answers:

MD, Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

You need to go to your state bar association and get a listing of education law attorneys or associations of attorneys who specialize in education law. These individuals should be able to be the first list you look at and contact each to discuss their experiences with education law, child care laws, and administrative rulings and appeals. A fantastic litigation attorney who doesn't know a lick about education law would be successful too because each attorney is ethically require to obtain sufficient competence in the area of law he or she has agreed to represent you in.


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