- Appellate Proceedings
- Education General Counsel Services
- Education Labor and Employment Law
- Education Litigation
- Labor and Employment
- Public Records and Open Meetings
- Special Education Law
- Student Issues
- Sunshine Law and Public Records
- The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, J.D., 2011
- Articles Editor, Ohio State Law Journal
- Tufts University, M.S., Ed. S., 2005
- Barnard College-Columbia University, B.A., 1998
Licensed to Practice
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
Miriam’s practice focuses on school law, including special education, labor and employment issues, and bullying/harassment complaints. Among other matters, she advises clients on issues of employment discrimination, student discipline, disability accommodations, constitutional rights, policy drafting and implementation, and public records requests. Miriam also assists school boards with all aspects of the special education process, including training staff, attending ETR and IEP meetings, and reviewing documents for compliance.
Miriam represents her clients in state and federal courts, at both trial and appellate levels, as well as before the Office for Civil Rights, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the Ohio Department of Education. In her previous career, Miriam was a school psychologist and special education director, and she applies that unique perspective to the practice of law.
Miriam is also co-host of the podcast, “Class Act: Updates in Education Law,” which covers legal topics relevant to school districts, board of education members, administrators, teachers and parents.
Cleveland Jewish News recognized Miriam in its 2020 class of Difference Makers for her involvement in the Northeast Ohio community.
- Assists schools district teams in developing quality ETRs, IEPs, BIPs, and FBAs, through training, review, and guidance.
- Resolved due process hearing requests and ODE complaints, through cost-effective mediation and early complaint resolution.
- Represents school districts in IDEA hearings alleging denial of FAPE, violations of Section 504, and Child Find claims, among others.
- Provides legal advice and support to clients in addressing contentious and volatile special education situations.
BOARD GOVERNANCE AND GENERAL COUNSEL SERVICES
- Drafts board policies, guidelines, and forms, including those related to sexual violence and bullying complaints.
- Counsels clients faced with records requests, both from private parties and federal agencies.
- Defends clients in constitutional lawsuits, state complaints, and agency charges related to harassment, bullying, discrimination and student deaths.
- Represents and defends school districts before the United States Department of Education Office for Civil Rights in allegations of discrimination based on race, religion, nationality, disability and gender.
- Defends school districts in discipline appeals, both at the administrative level and before formal tribunals.
- Mediates cost-effective and confidential settlement agreements related to high-profile media cases.
- Counsels clients on First Amendment and Fourteenth Amendment law as applied to student discipline, bullying, and social media.
- Counsels clients on the Family Education Rights Privacy Act, its application to student records requests, and its intersection with OCR notice requirements.
EDUCATION – LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT
- Represents school districts in proceedings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Ohio Civil Rights Commission in charges of race and gender discrimination.
- Defends districts in arbitration proceedings related to employee grievances.
- Defends districts in federal and state courts in employment lawsuits alleging religious and race discrimination, breach of contract, and state law violations.
- Mediates cost-effective settlement agreements with hostile opposing counsel and pro-se litigants.
- Defends clients in employment contract and discrimination claims, as well as bullying/harassment lawsuits.
- Manages and handles employment and school law matters at every stage of the litigation process.
- Drafts answers, briefs, motions, discovery requests, discovery responses, and settlement agreements.
- Represents clients before the Ohio Supreme Court and in preliminary United States Supreme Court proceedings.
- Prepares witnesses for testimony, and takes and defends depositions of parties and witnesses.
- Orally argued motions and appellate briefs, including before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
- 2020 – Miriam M. Pearlmutter included in the 2020 class of Cleveland Jewish News Difference Makers.
- 2021 – Miriam M. Pearlmutter received a 2021 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch® recognition for Education Law.
- Two Walter | Haverfield Attorneys Recognized by Cleveland Jewish News as Difference Makers
- Nearly Half of All Walter | Haverfield Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in Best Lawyers®
- Student Attendance During Remote Learning for the 2020-2021 School Year
- Images Captured by School Resource Officers’ Body Cameras Now Exempt from Public Records Response
- Document IEP Accommodations and Modifications to Avoid State Violations
- Best Practices in Planning for Extended School Year Services
- Responding to parent requests for video footage in light of federal student privacy laws
Miriam regularly presents in a variety of areas, including:
- Limiting Liability for Bullying Lawsuits and Agency Complaints
- Guidance from the Office for Civil Rights
- Compliance with federal and state Regulations in Sexual Violence, Discipline, and Title IX matters
- Legislative and Legal Updates
- Special Education/Pupil Services
- Disciplining Students with Behavioral Issues
- Return to School Guidance for Special Education Administrators
- Title IX Discipline and Its Impact on Students Due Process Rights
- Ohio School Boards Association’s Ohio Council of School Board Attorneys
- Ohio State Bar Association
- Federal Bar Association
- American Bar Association
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