Drummond Woodsum Attorneys at Law

Portland, ME        207.772.1941
Portsmouth, NH        603.433.3317
Manchester, NH        603.716.2895
800.727.1941



GERALD M. ZELIN

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603.433.3317 Ext. 206 Phone
603.433.5384 Fax

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100 International Drive, Suite 340
Portsmouth, NH 03801-6891


Assistant: Linda Trask




PRACTICE AREAS

Government Relations & Campaigns
School & Education
Special Education

EDUCATION

Harvard Law School, J.D., 1975

Yale University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1971


BAR & COURT ADMISSIONS

New Hampshire
U.S. District Court, District of New Hampshire
First Circuit Court of Appeals
U.S. Supreme Court
New Hampshire Courts

MEMBERSHIPS

New Hampshire Council of School Attorneys

American Bar Association

New Hampshire Association of Special Education Administrators

National School Boards Association Council of School Attorneys

New Hampshire Bar Association


COMMUNITY/PUBLIC SERVICE

Zoning Board of Adjustment, Town of Windham, New Hampshire
  Member  (1977-1979)


Unitarian-Universalist Church of Portsmouth
  Board of Governors and Corporate Secretary (1985-1987)


Portsmouth Advocates
  Board of Directors and Vice President (1985-1998)


New Hampshire District Court Administrative Office's Court Improvement Project, Educational Protocols Subcommittee (2008-2012)

State of New Hampshire, Legislative Commission to Study Special Education at New Hampshire Charter Schools (August 2015 to Present)



PRACTICE AREAS

Government Relations & Campaigns
School & Education
Special Education

EDUCATION

Harvard Law School, J.D., 1975

Yale University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1971


BAR & COURT ADMISSIONS

New Hampshire
U.S. District Court, District of New Hampshire
First Circuit Court of Appeals
U.S. Supreme Court
New Hampshire Courts

MEMBERSHIPS

New Hampshire Council of School Attorneys

American Bar Association

New Hampshire Association of Special Education Administrators

National School Boards Association Council of School Attorneys

New Hampshire Bar Association


COMMUNITY/PUBLIC SERVICE

Zoning Board of Adjustment, Town of Windham, New Hampshire
  Member  (1977-1979)


Unitarian-Universalist Church of Portsmouth
  Board of Governors and Corporate Secretary (1985-1987)


Portsmouth Advocates
  Board of Directors and Vice President (1985-1998)


New Hampshire District Court Administrative Office's Court Improvement Project, Educational Protocols Subcommittee (2008-2012)

State of New Hampshire, Legislative Commission to Study Special Education at New Hampshire Charter Schools (August 2015 to Present)



Jerry Zelin is a member of the firm’s Portsmouth, New Hampshire office. His law practice is devoted primarily to representing New Hampshire school districts in matters related to students. This includes (for example) special education, inter-district residency disputes, juvenile court cases, pupil discipline, compulsory attendance, civil rights, the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and limits on the state and federal governments’ authority to regulate school districts.

Jerry has successfully represented school districts since 1975 in a multitude of hearings before the New Hampshire Department of Education, in some of New Hampshire’s leading court cases involving student issues, and in investigations conducted by state and federal agencies. He helped write many of New Hampshire’s statutes and State Board of Education rules governing students and now serves on the National School Boards Association Council of School Attorneys committee that will advise Congress in rewriting the federal special education statute. He is on the panels of approved special education defense attorneys for Primex, the New Hampshire Local Government Center, Peerless Insurance Company, and the Liberty Mutual Insurance Group.

He is also a nationally recognized speaker and writer on special education law. His published works include The Constitutional Foundations of Special Education Law (monograph, LRP Publications, 1993), which is recommended reading in college and postgraduate courses on special education law; “Special Education and the Juvenile Justice System,” 34 N.H. Bar Journal 21 (March 1993); and two chapters in the treatise Special Education Law and Practice (LRP Publications, 2000).

The New Hampshire Council of School Attorneys awarded Jerry the 2011 Bradley F. Kidder Award for outstanding service to public education. In 2013, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the New Hampshire Association of Special Education Administrators in recognition of his successful representation of school districts in many cases over the years and his pro bono work on behalf of public schools.

He has the highest possible rating in Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, is in Marquis’ Who’s Who in American Law, is listed in New England Super Lawyers in the category of Education Law, and has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in the specialty of Education Law. In addition, Best Lawyers has named Jerry the 2013 New Hampshire Lawyer of the Year in the Education Law category.


AWARDS

  • New England Super Lawyers, Schools & Education 2011-2017
  • Best Lawyers, Education Law 2009-2018
Jerry Zelin is a member of the firm’s Portsmouth, New Hampshire office. His law practice is devoted primarily to representing New Hampshire school districts in matters related to students. This includes (for example) special education, inter-district residency disputes, juvenile court cases, pupil discipline, compulsory attendance, civil rights, the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and limits on the state and federal governments’ authority to regulate school districts.

Jerry has successfully represented school districts since 1975 in a multitude of hearings before the New Hampshire Department of Education, in some of New Hampshire’s leading court cases involving student issues, and in investigations conducted by state and federal agencies. He helped write many of New Hampshire’s statutes and State Board of Education rules governing students and now serves on the National School Boards Association Council of School Attorneys committee that will advise Congress in rewriting the federal special education statute. He is on the panels of approved special education defense attorneys for Primex, the New Hampshire Local Government Center, Peerless Insurance Company, and the Liberty Mutual Insurance Group.

He is also a nationally recognized speaker and writer on special education law. His published works include The Constitutional Foundations of Special Education Law (monograph, LRP Publications, 1993), which is recommended reading in college and postgraduate courses on special education law; “Special Education and the Juvenile Justice System,” 34 N.H. Bar Journal 21 (March 1993); and two chapters in the treatise Special Education Law and Practice (LRP Publications, 2000).

The New Hampshire Council of School Attorneys awarded Jerry the 2011 Bradley F. Kidder Award for outstanding service to public education. In 2013, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the New Hampshire Association of Special Education Administrators in recognition of his successful representation of school districts in many cases over the years and his pro bono work on behalf of public schools.

He has the highest possible rating in Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, is in Marquis’ Who’s Who in American Law, is listed in New England Super Lawyers in the category of Education Law, and has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in the specialty of Education Law. In addition, Best Lawyers has named Jerry the 2013 New Hampshire Lawyer of the Year in the Education Law category.


AWARDS

  • New England Super Lawyers, Schools & Education 2011-2017
  • Best Lawyers, Education Law 2009-2018
NEWS

Thirty Nine Drummond Woodsum Attorneys Are Ranked in the 2017 New England Super Lawyers List
November 1, 2017

Thirty One Drummond Woodsum Attorneys listed as New England Super Lawyers
December 19, 2016

Thirty Attorneys from Drummond Woodsum are listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2016
August 17, 2015

Twenty-Eight Drummond Woodsum Attorneys Selected For 2015 Super Lawyers List
10/1/2015


ARTICLES

Recent Amendments to the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act
Spring 2016

Changes in New Hampshire Education Law
August 11, 2015

House Bill 604 Combats Disability Discrimination in Access to Mixed Use School Buses
Spring 2015

New State Statutes Governing Disclosure of Student Records Collide With FERPA and the Juvenile Justice Laws
Summer 2014


PRESENTATIONS

New Hampshire Principals Academy
August 16-17, 2017


Buckle Your Seatbelts! The New Hampshire Board of Education is on the Verge of Amending the State's Special Education Rules.
May 11, 2017





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