Education Law Practice Group meeting


Date: Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.


Massachusetts Bar Association
20 West St
Boston, MA, 02111


Heather Robertson

(617) 338-0500

Please join the Education Law Practice Group on Wednesday, Dec. 12, from 5:30-7 p.m., to hear attorneys Josh Krell and Janine Brown-Smith, who represent the Massachusetts Association of Approved Private Schools (maaps) and many of its member schools, speak about some of the issues they deal with, including the rate-setting process in Massachusetts.

Janine Brown-Smith graduated from New England School of Law (J.D., cum laude), where she was a case and note editor of the Law Review and published an article concerning employment discrimination. During law school, Brown-Smith completed an internship at the Trial Division in the Government Bureau of the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office. She was the recipient of a full four-year tuition Merit Scholarship, the National Association of Women Lawyers Outstanding Law Student Award, and at graduation received the Dean's Award and the Trustee Bradbury Gilbert Award for Excellence in Achievement. While attending law school, she worked as the CEO of the Cotting School, a private school for children with severe physical, medical and learning challenges. Prior to working at Cotting School, she was the comptroller for a $30 million charitable non-profit organization, where she gained extensive professional experience working with state and federal agencies regarding contracts, financial and regulatory compliance, licensure and accreditation. Brown-Smith is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association and the National Association of Women Lawyers.

Joshua D. Krell is a partner with Clark, Hunt, Ahern & Embry, a general practice firm in Cambridge. Krell’s primary practice centers upon the representation of private schools and human service agencies serving individuals with disabilities, as well as other non-profit and for-profit entities. Krell advises clients with regard to corporate issues, regulatory agencies and administrative matters, employment and probate issues, and special education-related litigation. Prior to joining Clark, Hunt, Ahern & Embry, Krell worked for over six years as an assistant attorney general in the Unemployment Fraud and Insurance Fraud divisions of the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General. Those years were spent prosecuting complex white-collar criminal matters in courts all over the commonwealth. Krell received his bachelor of arts in political science from Bates College in 1989, and his juris doctor from the University of Maine School of Law in 1992. He has been admitted to practice law in both Massachusetts and Maine since 1992. In 2011, Krell earned an AV rating (the highest rating) from Martindale-Hubbell, the country’s leading peer review rating system.  Krell is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association and the Boston Inn of Court. He additionally serves on the Board of Trustees of Temple Emanu-El in Marblehead, and was its president from 2016-2018.
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