Jaki Fishkin represents families in all aspects of special education disputes. She is a graduate of Connecticut College, earned her Master of Social Work from Boston College, and her law degree from Northeastern University School of Law where she was selected as a Rappaport Fellow through the Rappaport Center for Law and Public Policy. Attorney Fishkin has been named as a Rising Star among attorneys in Massachusetts by Super Lawyers.
A former public school teacher, Attorney Fishkin taught students with severe emotional and behavioral disabilities in the Boston Public School system. Attorney Fishkin began her law career representing victims of domestic violence at Community Legal Aid, a non-profit law firm, under the Civil Legal Aid for Victims of Crime Initiative.
As the recipient of the Rapport Fellowship, Attorney Fishkin worked at the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (“DESE”) in the office of the general counsel on projects related to student privacy and cases where multiple state agencies were involved in the care of students with special needs.
Currently, Attorney Fishkin works exclusively with families to ensure that their children have access to a free and appropriate public education (“FAPE”) in the state of Massachusetts. She counsels and represents families on all matters relevant to their child’s special education needs, including eligibility disputes, the IEP and Team process, transition issues, out-of-district placements, and appeals at the Bureau of Special Education Appeals (“BSEA”).
She has presented to various groups of parents and advocates on the topic of special education rights, including providing updates and analysis on the evolution of federal and state guidance during the COVID-19 pandemic.