Jennifer M. Deutch


Jen Deutch advises schools in all areas of the law, with a special emphasis on student, special education, and charter school matters. She is a certified Federal mediator and regularly presents on special education, discipline and student policy. She speaks on student and special education related topics at the national conventions of the National School Boards Association.  Ms. Deutch has been named a “Leading Lawyer” by her peers.  Prior to entering law school, Ms. Deutch was a special education teacher. She taught in a variety of settings including a psychiatric ward, therapeutic day school, and traditional public school.  She also previously served as legal counsel for the United States Coast Guard in the Legal Service Command. Ms. Deutch graduated with highest honors from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and in 2002 she received her law degree from Vanderbilt University. In law school, she was honored with the Women’s Leadership Scholarship and externed for the Honorable Thomas A. Wiseman, Jr., U.S. District Court Judge for the Middle District of Tennessee. Ms. Deutch is licensed to practice law in Illinois and Missouri.  When Ms. Deutch is not supporting her clients, she enjoys spending time with her three children and husband.

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B.S. – University of Wisconsin
J.D. – Vanderbilt Law School

Accolades and Associations

Named an Emerging Lawyer by Leading Lawyers (2016)

Named Leading Lawyer  by Leading Lawyers (2017-Present)

Member of the National and Illinois Council of School Attorneys

Speeches, In-Services, and Publications

Quoted in “Individualize special ed services based on student’s needs, not disability category” (Special Ed Connection®)

Ethical Considerations in Settlement Negotiations (NSBA Council of School Attorneys publication)

Charter Schools and Students with Disabilities (NSBA’s publication Inquiry & Analysis)

Students with Allergies and Infectious Diseases, 504 Plans, Individual Health Care Plan, Emergency Action Plans, and Federal Guidance (NSBA Council of School Attorneys)