Laura Athens

Laura Athens

Laura A. Athens is an attorney, mediator and arbitrator in Farmington Hills, Michigan.  Her practice focuses primarily on education law and disability rights.  She provides legal representation and  alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services in special education matters.  She previously served as a Hearing Officer in special education due process hearings and in vocational rehabilitation matters She continues to mediate special education, vocational rehabilitation, guardianship and disability rights cases.

As an Adjunct Professor at Wayne State University Law School, Ms. Athens taught education law, health law and bioethics.  Ms. Athens also taught Legal Research and Writing at Washington University School of Law.   She is an associate of Professional Resolution Experts of Michigan, LLC (PREMi) and has served on the State Bar of Michigan Alternative Dispute Resolution Council and as a former Chair of the Oakland County Bar Association ADR Committee.  Ms. Athens has published numerous articles on education law and ADR issues and frequently lectures on school-related topics.

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Articles and Video:

Overcoming Reluctance to Engage in Mediation (06/11/15)
Many attorneys know and appreciate the benefits of mediation.  Those who are familiar with the benefits of mediation readily propose and eagerly participate in it.  However, should you encounter any resistance, how can it be addressed?