Amy Kosanovich Dickerson
Associate, Franczek Radelet P.C. (Chicago, IL)
Amy Kosanovich Dickerson is an Associate at Franczek Radelet, where she represents educational institutions, including public school districts, charter schools, private schools and higher education institutions, in a variety of general education law matters. Amy counsels clients in the areas of special education, student rights, student discipline, school board policy and governance, and a wide range of labor and employment matters. Amy represents public school districts in individual educational program (IEP) meetings, due process matters, and residency and discipline hearings. She also represents clients in state and federal court litigation and before the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights and various Illinois state agencies.
Prior to joining the firm, Amy served as a law clerk for the Honorable Morton Denlow, U.S. Magistrate Judge in the Northern District of Illinois. During law school, Amy was a ChildLaw Fellow with the Civitas ChildLaw Center, the executive editor of student articles for the school’s Law Journal and senior editor of the Children’s Legal Rights Journal. Before attending law school, Amy taught fifth and sixth grades in the District of Columbia Public School System as a Teach for America corps member.
Amy is recognized by Illinois Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in Schools and Education (2012 and 2013). She serves as a faculty member for Loyola’s Childlaw Trial Practice course, leads the Firm’s Education Law Practicum program with Loyola and has previously served as a legal writing professor. She also stays busy keeping up with her twin daughters.
The aspect or aspects of the work you find most satisfying:
I really love the client counseling and training aspects of education law. Whether it’s talking through a particular student situation with a principal, developing a new policy with a superintendent, or presenting an in-service training on bullying or teacher evaluations, I really enjoy working directly with school administrators to help them make decisions that are best for their school districts and the students they serve.
How Loyola supported you in your career development:
Through Loyola’s coursework and my various internships during law school, I was exposed to many different areas of the law affecting children, all of which helped me identify and confirm my passion and interest for education law. Loyola’s faculty, especially Dean Michael Kaufman and the ChildLaw Center faculty, were all incredibly supportive and always willing to sit down with me and let me pick their brains (and rolodexes) for possible opportunities in the areas in which I was interested.
Advice to other Loyola students seeking opportunities in the field:
Seek out Loyola faculty who have experience in – or do work in – the areas that interest you. And if you can’t identify a faculty member doing that type of work, ask them if they know anyone who does. My experience was that Loyola’s faculty members were more than willing to share advice, contacts, and insights into possible internships, job opportunities and career paths.