Professional ethics

Are lawyers allowed to solicit legal counsel at a public school

I was informed by a friend that they were contacted by a law firm offering legal representation for them and their child with a disability. I'm not sure how they knew that their child had an IEP, but I'm concerned about the confidentiality of my kid with an IEP. I'm not sure if this firm is soliciting services to the community, if they were referred by someone or if they have access to confidential info.. Is it legal for lawyers to do this, do they have access to IEP's at schools?

Nathan’s Answer

Solicitations are legal under limited circumstances. Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) allows limited disclosure to parties with legitimate interests. It is crucial to determine the source of law firm's knowledge regarding friend's child before proceeding further.

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