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Leigh M. Manasevit, Esquire

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Leigh M. Manasevit has practiced in the field of education law since 1974 beginning as a trial attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. During his government service, Mr. Manasevit regularly appeared in Federal court representing the United States in civil rights cases involving educational institutions across the nation. His work included one case ultimately decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. He also defended the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW) in cases where HEW was accused of overly vigorous enforcement of school civil rights cases. Mr. Manasevit’s government experience has given him an extensive familiarity with the intricacies of navigating the Federal bureaucracy and managing school districts.

As one of the two founding partners of Brustein & Manasevit, PLLC Mr. Manasevit established a law practice that addresses the legal issues involving educational institutions public, private, elementary and secondary, or postsecondary on the Federal level. He has appeared extensively before all tribunals of the U.S. Department of Education and regularly pursues Federal court review of unfavorable agency decisions.

On the elementary and secondary level Mr. Manasevit has worked extensively on No Child Left Behind (NCLB) He has advised and trained schools, districts, states, and private providers throughout the nation on implementation of NCLB. He has regularly served as a keynote speaker at national and statewide organizations of Title I professionals. He regularly advises recipients of Title I on implementation issues. Mr. Manasevit co-authored a comprehensive manual on No Child Left Behind, and its predecessor, the Improving America’s Schools Act, and has provided editorial consultation on several revised editions. He has also written several articles on NCLB.

Mr. Manasevit also has a nationally recognized reputation in the area of special education. He has represented schools and school districts across the country in complex special education matters. When the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act was reauthorized in 1997,and again in 2004 he co-authored a detailed how-to manual on the new law and conducted regional workshops and training on the provisions of that law. He regularly makes presentations to education groups on the requirements of this law.

Mr. Manasevit manages a higher education practice that covers all aspects of compliance with Title IV of the Higher Education Act. This practice includes changes of ownership, accreditation, and all adverse actions brought by the U.S. Department of Education. He has represented institutions before all tribunals of the U.S. Department of Education, all major accreditation agencies as well as in Federal Courts.

Mr. Manasevit is an honors graduate from the University of Connecticut School of Law. He received his undergraduate degree from Columbia University in New York City. He is a member of the California Bar, the District of Columbia Bar, the Bar of the United States Supreme Court, and several bars of the United States Court of Appeals.

Recently, Mr. Manasevit successfully represented the State of New Mexico in Zuni Public School District 89 v. Department of Education, before the United States Supreme Court.

Areas of Practice:
Administrative Hearings & Adjudication
Administrative Investigations
Administrative Rulemaking
Colleges & Universities
Private Schools
Public Schools
Regulatory Enforcement
Special Education
Student Rights
Bar and Court Admissions:
U.S. Supreme Court, 1981
U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia, 1980
District of Columbia, 1979
U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 1977
California, 1975

University of Connecticut School of Law, Hartford, ConnecticutJ.D.Honors: With HonorsLaw Review:Connecticut Law Review, Associate Editor, 1972 – 1974

Columbia University, New York City, New YorkB.A.Major: Anthropology and Sociology

IDEA New Expectations for Schools & Students, Thompson Publishing, 2008
New Title I, Balancing Flexibility with Accountability, Thompson Publishing, 2002
Professional Experience:
U.S. Department of Justice, Trial Attorney, Civil Rights Division, 1974 – 1979
U.S. Department of Energy, Assistant Solicitor to the Special Counsel, 1979 – 1980
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