Edwin Egelsee is an attorney with a genuine commitment to provide high quality legal representation to children. As the most powerless victims in our society, Mr. Egelsee believes that children should be afforded the strongest representation. Mr. Egelsee is a fluent Spanish speaker and takes great pride in providing representation to families whose primary language is Spanish.
Mr. Egelsee's dedication to protecting the rights of children began in college while attending UCLA. He was employed as a teacher's assistant for two years at a Non-Public School named Smartstart. There, he assisted children with various learning disabilities, Autism, speech and language impairments, Down syndrome, ADHD and fetal alcohol syndrome. At Smartstart Mr. Egelsee was so inspired by children battling disabilities that he decided to pursue a career protecting their rights. He attended Whittier Law School and was a fellow of the Center for Children's Rights. He interned at the Public Law Center in Santa Ana and held a judicial externship with the Presiding Judge of Juvenile Courts in Los Angeles, Michael Nash.
Mr. Egelsee began advocating for children with special needs at the Law Offices of Kathleen Loyer. He stayed with this firm over three years where he provided representation at IEP meetings, mediations, due process hearings and state and federal courts. Mr. Egelsee took part in the special education panel developed by the Presiding Judge of the Juvenile Courts of Orange County, Robert Hudson.
Mr. Egelsee was then hired by the Alliance for Children's Rights; a non profit organization in Los Angeles which focuses on providing representation to children in the foster care system. He was hired to begin, develop, and supervise the Special Education Project. At the Alliance, Mr. Egelsee provided direct representation as well as conducted workshops for parents, foster parents, relative caregivers, social workers and advocates. Mr. Egelsee took part in the annual National Adoption Day where almost three thousand children in foster care are adopted across the nation. Mr. Egelsee spent almost two years with the Alliance and earned an outstanding reputation for defending the rights of children with special needs.
In 2005, Mr. Egelsee decided to join forces with colleague and fellow special education attorney, Danielle Augustin. Mr. Egelsee provides representation in all areas of special education including, IEP meetings, resolution sessions, mediations, due process hearings, state and federal courts. Mr. Egelsee also handles disciplinary matters involving involuntary transfers, suspensions, and expulsions.
Mr. Egelsee is a zealous and impassioned child advocate which will defend the rights of children that have been violated by all available means necessary. He provides trainings in the area of special education for the Court Appointed Special Advocates, ("CASA") at the Los Angeles County Children's Court. He is appointed as co-counsel in dependency matters for the purposes of protecting the educational interests of foster children in Los Angeles. He continues to provide trainings and workshops for such Parent Groups as Conexiones Educativa, Fiesta Educativa, Somos Una Voz, Padres Con Poder, ALMA Family Center and Grandparents As Parents. He has conducted MCLE trainings in Special Education Law with the Los Angeles County Barrister's Bar Association to attorneys and judges. Mr. Egelsee was a featured presenter at the 9th Annual Partnership Conference for Children held at the Los Angeles Convention Center. There, he gave a presentation entitled "Unwarranted Disciplinary Actions Towards Children With Special Needs in the Foster Care System," Partnership Presentation.
- Special Education Law
- Disciplinary Matters
- Whittier Law School, Costa Mesa, California
- J.D. - 1999
- Honors: Center for Children's Rights Fellow
- UCLA, Los Angeles, California
- B.A. - 1996
- Major: Sociology with an Emphasis on Social Psychology
- California, 2001
- U.S. District Court Central District of California, 2001
- U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 2001
- U.S. District Court District of Colorado, 2003
- U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2003
- Law Office of Kathleen Loyer, Associate Attorney, 2000 to 2003
- The Alliance For Children's Rights, Supervising Attorney, Special Education Project, 2004 to 2005
- Public Law Center, Santa Ana, Intern
- Featured Presenter, 9th Annual Partnership Conference
- Special Education Expert Featured on Channel 34 Television Show - 34 A Su Lado (34 At Your Side)
- Special Education Rights, Alma Family Center, 2004 to 2006
- Special Education Rights, Grandparents As Parents, 2004 to 2006
- Fiesta Educativa, 2008 to Present
- Conexiones Educativa, 2015 to Present
- Somos Una Voz, 2018 to Present
- Padres Con Poder, 2018 to Present
- Pro Bono Attorney For the Alliance for Children's Rights, 2005
- "Unwarranted Disciplinary Actions Towards Children With Special Needs in the Foster Care System.", Partnership Presentation
- Managing Partner