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Freedman, Miriam

Miriam Kurtzig Freedman Lawyer, speaker, consultant, author, and expert in education law and policy

Passionate to help our public schools be excellent for ALL students, attorney Miriam Kurtzig Freedman works with people who want better schools and helps practitioners move from confusion to confidence when dealing with legal requirements.  Why?  So they can get back to the all-important mission of education!

Miriam has authored eight books and had contributed articles to The Wall Street Journal, Education Week, Education Next, the Journal of Law and Education, the University of Chicago Law Review on line, among other publications. She also contributes to

A school attorney, Miriam is of counsel to the Boston law firm of Stoneman, Chandler & Miller LLP.  She provides clients and national audiences with lively and practical keynotes, training, and consultation—all in “plain English!” A former teacher, Miriam “gets” it--what school folks need to know and do.

Miriam co-founded the annual Special Education Day (December 2) to both celebrate the success of special education and to spur reform.  Among its reforms is SpedEx, the successful, voluntary, trust-building, child-centered dispute resolution model. A summary of her writing, speaking, and consulting is available at

She received her law degree from New York University, masters from the State University of New York, Stony Brook, and bachelor of arts from Barnard College (Columbia University).  When not engaged in public education activities, Miriam loves to hang out at the cafe and spend time with her family, especially her granddaughter!