Selene Almazan
Legal Director


  • Charters and choice
  • Charter schools
  • School vouchers
  • Demographics and diversity
  • Civil rights
  • Low-income students
  • P-12 reform and policy
  • Education law
  • School climate and safety
  • Bullying
  • Special education
  • Special education and learning disabilities

Selene Almazan has represented students and families for over 30 years. Selene is the Legal Director for the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) where she supports the work of the Amicus Committee as well as works on federal and local policy issues. In this position she writes appellate amicus briefs for appellate courts as well as the United States Supreme Court. For nearly 23 years, Selene represented parents in special education matters with a primary focus on least restrictive environment (LRE) issues at the Maryland Coalition for Inclusive Education. Selene maintains a private practice focusing on parent and student representation in special education matters. Selene represents families at IEP team meetings, state complaint proceedings, mediations, due process hearings, and federal court proceedings, including matters involving violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. She has extensive experience training families, teachers, school administrators, attorneys and advocates on legal issues related to special education law as well as disability discrimination issues.