Our son was facing expulsion from a CSU and we knew we needed the assistance of an educational lawyer. Within the CSU campus system, being expelled from one CSU campus means you are expelled from ALL CSU campuses. Not knowing where to turn, we googled “education attorney” and found the name of an attorney practicing law in the area where my son was attending college. As soon as we spoke about my son’s situation, he advised me he did not handle that type of “educational law,” but immediately referred us to Michelle Ball, Esq. I asked if she was local, and he advised me she practiced law in Sacramento, CA, but that the distance between Ms. Ball to my son would not matter. He said he had worked on a case where Ms. Ball was opposing counsel. He was so impressed with the way she handled her client’s case, he said she was the one we needed to contact regarding our son’s situation.
Immediately, Ms. Ball and I were on a conference call – discussing the details of my son’s case. She immediately put our minds to rest, giving us a plan and course of action to pursue my son’s case. Letters were immediately written to my son’s college, as well as Ms. Ball’s persistence that the college take into consideration all aspects of my son’s case (he is a disabled student). She advised the college of our son’s plan to take time off from school to “regroup,” and offered other alternatives for the college to consider other than expulsion. My son was not allowed to have Ms. Ball present with him at the time of his hearing, but Ms. Ball prepared a detailed outline for our son to follow during his meeting with school officials. After our son’s meeting with school officials, he was advised he would hear back from them within ten days with their ruling. Our son did not hear back from college officials for almost 25 days. This time was extremely nerve racking for all of us.
The outcome of my son’s case was suspension, not expulsion. This means he is able to return to college in good standing after his period of suspension. We know for a fact the outcome of our son’s case would have had a different outcome if it were not for Ms. Ball. We are forever grateful for Ms. Ball’s tenacity in seeing this case through and her compassion to us, as a family, through this very difficult time.
If you ever find yourself in a situation like ours, please do not hesitate to pick up the phone and call Ms. Ball immediately.
Education Attorney for Students
LAW OFFICE OF MICHELLE BALL
717 K Street, Suite 228
Sacramento, CA 95814
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