No doubt that Special Education Lawyer Charles Fox has effectively reached his target audience via his Special Education Law Blog.

Reviewing my feeds this evening I ran across the Autism Bulletin Blog published by a writer and editor in the Boston area who has a young child with ASD. The Autism blog publisher was sharing with his readers Charles’ Guidelines for Working with a Special Education Attorney‘ based on Charles’ experience working with parents.

Charles’ blogging is exactly what got me turned onto lawyer blogs. It’s what lawyer blogs are all about. Heck, it’s what good lawyers are all about. Sharing practical information for the public on a topic you’re passionate about. Note that Charles is not only an advocate for a child’s and parent’s rights to public education, but he also has a special needs child.

Lawyers looking at blogs just for ease of publishing content and search engine optimization are missing the boat. Rebecca Blood in her Weblog Handbook writes about a blog publisher writing with passion so as to enhance their reputation and establish themselves as an expert in their field. Doc Searls writes in the Cluetrain Manifesto and his blog about marketing being a conversation – people communicate with others about what they read, hear, and see as well as who they meet. Blogs are the medium for this conversation.

Through his blog Charles is further enhancing his reputation as an expert. By parents discussing Charles and his blog posts with other parents with special needs children Charles’ practice is being marketed through blog conversations. And if there is a better way of marketing than giving of your time to help people I haven’t seen it.

Lawyers looking for a successful blog should put Charles’ blog at the top of their list.

  • Tonya Smith

    I need help, we are new to the North Carolina area and I have a child with autism with a strong,successful IEP in place in which the previous school district elected to pay for private school to address his behaviors and now this new school district is not experienced and trying to re invent the wheel, I want to keep the private school placement, can you help me?

  • harry mccall

    i have a 6 year old son who has been diagnosed with emotional behavioral disorder & adhd. we had an iep that was agreed to & when it was time to go to the agreed school for the help he needed the school district changed the school that was agreed to. since now the school is fighting the original iep i thought the stayput provision states that he should be placed in his last agreed upon school. since it is his first iep in dispute now he should attend his home school.the school district did not allow this.they still wanted to send him to a school that we felt was unsafe for him.what can i do?

  • Lori Smith

    I have, what I hope is, a simple question. First, some background info. My school district has denied our request for an autism expert evaluation for my 5 yr old son. He has a diagnosis of ASD, mild. He is very high functioning but has some issues. My advocate is advising us to “push the envelope” and request an independent eval as she feels that, in her experience, the district will back down and do the eval as it is cheaper than paying for their attorney to prove otherwise at a hearing. What I would like to know is this… If the district says no to my request for independent eval and request a due process hearing, am I obligated/required to continue at that point or could I back down at that point and withdraw my request for that eval? My problem is that I am in no position financially to hire an attorney to represent my son if I am forced to attend a due process hearing. Thank you very much for your help.