Hope4Families is excited and hopeful that as a legal resource offering support to the families of special needs children we can make a difference in Southern California school systems. We are a community based 501 (c)(3) nonprofit public interest law firm and we have so much in common with the communities we serve, we share the same love and commitment to our children and families.

The experienced attorneys at Hope4Families are committed to bridging the gap between the special needs of our communities’ children and the resources of our school districts.

Hope4Families Staff

Margaret McNair

Managing Attorney

Vickey Merriweather

Legal Assistant

Idanys Pomares-Molina

Supervising Attorney

Priya Bahl-Sen

Supervising Attorney

Sonja Armstrong

Supervising Attorney

Robert Kohne

Administrative Coordinator

Seshah Wolde-Tsadik

Associate Managing Attorney


Seshah Wolde Tsadik

Associate Managing Attorney

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The Hope4Families Advantage encompasses the full spectrum of advocacy for special needs children under IDEA ( Individuals with Disabilities Education Act). From attendance at Early Resolution Sessions and Mediation, to dedicated and experienced litigation in Due Process Hearings and Federal Court.

The community has found our services invaluable and empowering when dealing with their school districts. The Hope4Families staff is thoroughly committed to providing the highest quality legal advocacy to underserved communities that we so proudly represent. We have seen, firsthand, how our efforts can restore hope to the sufferers of injustice and those continually denied educational rights.

Hope4Families represents clients from school districts that stretch from Los Angeles to Riverside and from Orange County to San Bernadino. We recently have expanded to northern California as well. We also have successfully represented students attending charter schools, including KIPP and Green Dot.

We proudly partner with the Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles Fire Department and The Community Mental Health Center, to educate special needs families and the people that work with them.

Hope4Families also provides hands-on educational workshops designed to help parents more effectively advocate for their children. We hope to give parents the tools to become their child’s greatest champion.