Laurie B. Markus, Esq. is a special education advocate who works with parents and families throughout Connecticut in securing educational rights for their children with disabilities. A co-founder of Advocacy for Kids, Laurie educates families with varied information and tools they need to play an active role in their quest to have their child’s needs productively met. She successfully assists families maneuver through the special education process while maintaining an atmosphere of team effort with the school system by clear and respectful communication.
Laurie’s background as an attorney, and her decision to practice as an advocate in the spirit of collaboration, brings a unique skill set to Advocacy for Kids. In addition to her varied work vigilantly advocating for children with special needs in school districts thought the State, Laurie has completed coursework related to special education advocacy and has also been extensively trained by well regarded clinicians on proven advocacy strategies and effective programming for children with disabilities. Laurie is a member of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, the Council of Exceptional Children, Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation, and the Fairfield Special Education Parent Teacher Association.
Laurie graduated with a BA, Magna Cum Laude, from Brandeis University, and has a JD from Emory University School of Law. Prior to entering the field of advocacy, Laurie practiced law as a both a criminal and civil litigator, and is a member of the Florida, New York and Connecticut Bar Associations. She resides with her husband, son and daughter in Fairfield, Connecticut.