Laura Faer

Laura Faer is the statewide Education Rights Director for Public Counsel Law Center. Mrs. Faer has focused her practice on education, children's rights, and civil rights law.

She has served as lead counsel on a number of education rights cases. She successfully represented four foster siblings who were unlawfully segregated from the public school setting, helped defend against a constitutional challenge to Los Angeles Unified School District's voluntary integration program, helped ensure millions of dollars in funding was maintained for students with severe mental health disabilities, challenged the practice of involuntarily removing and transferring students, and also worked extensively on the statewide education reform case, Williams v. State of California.

In 2011, she was named a California Lawyer Attorney of the Year after she helped secure a landmark settlement in Casey A. v. Gundry, a class action alleging that youth, including former foster youth, detained at the largest complex of probation camps in the nation were denied a constitutionally adequate education. She has led Public Counsel's sponsorship of several critical pieces of legislation, including AB 1933, ensuring education stability rights for foster youth, and SB 368, ensuring that foster and adopted youth with a developmental disability have a responsible adult to represent their interests.
Prior to taking her current position, Mrs. Faer was the Directing Attorney of Public Counsel's Children's Rights Project. The Children's Rights Project is Public Counsel's largest program, which involves more than 700 volunteers who helped over 28,000 children and youth in 2010. The project facilitates adoptions of foster children, helps secure hundreds of legal guardianships, provides Guardian ad Litems for children who have been harmed while in foster care, and education and transition advocacy services for low-income, foster, homeless, and delinquent youth, among other work. 
As a Skadden Law Fellow, Mrs. Faer worked to improve education outcomes and educational quality for low-income children in some of South Los Angeles' lowest performing schools. She ran a community-based education law clinic and successfully advocated for state legislative and regulatory changes related to California's implementing statutes for the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Improvement Act of 2004. Mrs. Faer clerked for Judge Stephen Reinhardt on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and has been consistently named a Rising Star by California Lawyer magazine since 2008.