|Glenna DeCamara Eubank
Western State University
Law Office of William R. Fuhrman
(Ms. Eubank's husband)
Attorney Glenna deCamara Eubank
is a former California administrative
law judge who asserts the
educational rights of children with
disabilities. If a school has failed to
accommodate your special needs
child, call (760) 479-2525.
539 Encinitas Boulevard Suite 111
Encinitas, CA 92024
FindLaw Lawyer Overview
(Written before Eubank left Stutz in
Glenna deCamara Eubank was an
Administrative Law Judge
(ALJ)/Senior Hearing Officer for
several years with the Special
Education Hearing Office, University
of the Pacific, McGeorge School of
Now a partner with Stutz, Artiano,
Shinoff & Holtz, Ms. Eubank leads
the firm's special education
practice. She focuses exclusively
upon the representation of
school districts in all areas of
special education law. Ms.
Eubank's lengthy background in
special education, particularly her
experience as an adjudicator who
conducted administrative hearings,
interpreted and applied special
education law, and published written
decisions, renders her uniquely
qualified to effectively assist school
districts, school board members,
Special Education Local Plan Areas
(SELPA's) and others involved in
special education issues.
Ms. Eubank has been professionally
and personally involved with the
special education community or more
than twenty years. She has worked
with the California State Bar
Association on special education
issues. Her activities have included
the creation of programs for children
with special needs, and the provision
of volunteer legal services to
disabled individuals. Ms. Eubank has
served on numerous state and local
committees that address special
education matters. She conducts
seminars and workshops in special
education. Before concentrating
exclusively on the practice of special
education law, Ms. Eubank was a
personal injury litigator. She also
served as a deputy district attorney
in the Appellate and Juvenile
Divisions of the San Diego County
District Attorney's Office. Ms. Eubank
is a 1981 cum laude graduate of
Western State School of Law, and
holds a B.A. from San Jose State.
|Attorney Glenna DeCamara Eubank
Ms. Eubank now offers to sue on behalf of parents.
Can she ethically be involved in lawsuits against the school
districts her firm represented when she was working for Stutz
Artiano Shinoff & Holtz?
|Severe abuse by teachers
|Fred Kamper case
|How does Glenna Eubank
make a living?
Eubank gets access to special
privileges for her clients from the
school districts she worked for, and
other lawyers in her firm worked for.
It's a nice set up for Glenna. While
most special education students fall
through the cracks, her clients reap
the benefits of her connections to
public entities. The taxpayers, of
course, pay all the bills for Glenna and
for the special treatment her clients get
at school. , Who loses? The
taxpayers and students who can't hire
|Glenna Gets Good Press
And she sounds deceptively like a
liberal, doesn't she? That's to make
The Coast News
San Marcos News,
The Vista News and
Rancho Santa Fe News
Lawyer represents disabled students
June 10, 2005
By Stephen Keller
ENCINITAS — Representing those who
cannot represent themselves is what
one local lawyer hopes to achieve by
opening one of the few legal practices
dedicated to special education law.
Glenna deCamara Eubank, a former
special education administrative judge,
opened her office in Encinitas last
“There are many, many children with
disabilities, and they can’t speak for
themselves,” Eubank said.
“They have no political clout. They don’
t vote,” she said. “They don’t make lots
of money or campaign contributions.”
Special education law is a complex,
obscure and relatively new field of law.
It dates back to the late 1970s, when
the federal government started
requiring states to provide public
educations to children with disabilities.
California and federal laws require that
school districts work with parents of
disabled children to set up
individualized education plans and to
make accommodations for special
Navigating these laws, however, can
be tricky, Eubank said. Though many
teachers and district representatives
mean well, teachers are not lawyers
and did not go to law school.
Furthermore, she said many parents
are unclear on what the laws require
school districts to do.
The education has to be adequate but
not spectacular, she said. Comparing
education to cars, districts only have to
offer an old “clunker” of an education.
“The school district isn’t obligated to
give you a Ferrari,” Eubank said. The
education has to be functional — the
car must be able to run and have gas
in its tank — but it doesn’t have to be
“There are many parents who feel they
should get a Ferrari,” Eubank said. As
part of her job, she said she evaluates
any new cases parents bring before
“I want to feel confident that we will
prevail.” if the dispute is going to see a
judge, Eubank said. The law requires
that, if parents seek a legal hearing
and win, the school district reimburse
the parents for any legal expenses.
Because of this, Eubank said she is
particularly unwilling to take cases that
she does not think have merit,
because she said she does not want
parents having to pay her fees.
Taking care of disabled children is
expensive, she said, and parents have
enough troubles as it is without having
to be overly concerned with legal
“They don’t really have the time or
resources to take on a battle on
another front,” Eubank said.
One difficulty parents may face is
finding someone to represent them.
Special education law is different than
many other types of legal practices.
For one, it falls under what is called
“administrative law,” in which Eubank
said most disputes are settled without
a typical court trial.
Rather than filing lawsuits, parents who
have a grievance file for a due process
Eubank said this hearing and the
relationship between district and
parents is not supposed to be
adversarial, as is normally the case
between two parties in a lawsuit. It is
supposed to be a relationship in which
both parties work together.
In fact, Eubank said the majority of
issues are settled through a mediation
process without ever having to have a
due process hearing in front of an
administrative law judge.
Most lawyers are never exposed to
this. “They don’t teach special
education law in law school,” Eubank
She estimated there were only about
five other lawyers in San Diego County
who specialize in special education
law. Last year, she said approximately
3,000 cases were filed in California,
and the number grows each year.
About 10 percent of the population has
some sort of disability under the law,
Eubank said. “That’s a lot of kids with
So far, Eubank said response to her
practice has been good, in part
because of her previous experiences
as a judge and a volunteer lawyer
specializing in the area for a San
Diego legal charity.
“There’s a lot of word of mouth in this
field,” she said.
Ultimately, Eubank said she hopes
what she does can help make society
better. “I think a civilized society has an
obligation to help its elderly and
disabled — the people who really can’t
take care of themselves,” she said.
By working with districts and parents to
ensure better educations for those with
disabilities, Eubank said she thinks we
can have a better world.
Some 70 percent of prisoners are
diagnosed with a disability, she said.
She said she feels that giving those
people a better education and a better
start on life may prevent many of them
from turning to crime.
“It makes you wonder how much of that
could be reduced had we intervened
early,” Eubank said.