MEET YOUR TEAM

We are Attorneys and Advocates based in California who are passionate about making the world a more inclusive place.

 

We are here to make a difference, one child at a time.

Amanda Selogie, ESQ.

Amanda Selogie received a degree in Child and Adolescent Development, specializing in Education from California State University, Northridge and a Juris Doctorate from Whittier Law School. While at WLS, Amanda was a Fellow in the prestigious Center for Children's Rights Fellowship Program, served in the school's pro-bono Special Education Legal Clinic, and as Research Editor of the Journal of Child and Family Advocacy. 

Amanda co-founded a boutique civil rights litigation firm, Selogie and Brett, LLP specializing in specific civil rights issues on behalf of children living with special needs and co-founded the Inclusive Education Project, a legal advocacy 501(c)3 non-profit organization focused on educating families on their legal rights to their child's education and providing pro-bono legal aide to low income families in California. 

 

Amanda immersed herself in the world of civil rights and educational advocacy as a supervising attorney for UCI Law School's Education Rights Pro-bono project, and being appointed to the Orange County Child Care and Development Planning Council where she is currently serving on their Inclusion Collaborative Committee and outside of work, where she serves as a coach to an AYSO VIP (Very Important Player) program where she not only coaches players living with disabilities, but has established an inclusive program with typical peers and mainstream teams. 

 

Amanda's career did not begin, nor has it continued as a focus just on the practice of law - but as a tool to advocate for those who cannot advocate for themselves, to fight for all children to have a voice. She believes that children should be recognized and supported by the abilities and the facets of their being that makes them who they are, and makes them special, rather than what their disabilities may be. 

She focuses her practice, and her work on each individual child on the child first, who they are and that each one deserves the opportunity for an equal education. She takes that passion with her to each IEP meeting she attends, each case she fights for and for every family that walks through her office doors.

Vickie Brett, ESQ.

Vickie Brett was born and raised in Southern California. Vickie attended UC Riverside and received a Bachelor Arts in Political Science with a minor in Philosophy before becoming a very active Whittier Law School student and alumnus. 

Through the law firm, Selogie & Brett, LLP Vickie is committed to strengthening her clients who come to her disheartened and beaten down by the current education system. Because Vickie is bilingual, she represents and empowers many monolingual Spanish-speaking families living in Southern California. 

Moreover, she is a dedicated pro bono attorney for Public Law Center, the Alliance for Children’s Rights and the Superior Court of Los Angeles’s Juvenile and Dependency 317(e) Panel. Most recently Vickie became a supervisor for the UCI Law School’s Pro Bono Special Education Law Project. 

Vickie’s commitment to community service is embodied in the legal advocacy 501(c)3 non-profit she co-founded. The Inclusive Education Project focuses on educating families about the legal rights their children living with special needs are entitled to and it also provides pro-bono legal aide to low income families in California. 

Lauren Siaumau

Lauren Siaumau attended Chapman University and received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a double minor in Psychology and Leadership and Organizational Studies. Lauren received her Juris Doctorate from Whittier Law school, with a concentration in Family Law and Children’s Advocacy. While at Whittier Law School, Lauren was a Fellow of the Center for Children and Families, a competitor on the Moot Court team, Treasurer for the Student Bar Association, and involved in various cultural student organizations on campus.

 

Lauren’s interest in this field comes from her long history of volunteer work in special education from the 5th grade to her senior year of high school. She witnessed two different IEP meetings, one where the family had an attorney, and one where it did not. The differences were astonishing, and it was then, that she knew she wanted to be a Special Education Attorney and help children and their families get the services they need. Lauren’s interest also stems from the fact that she has two cousins who have Autism, and they heavily impacted her desire to be involved in this community.

 

While in law school, Lauren was able to travel to land an internship placement at Selogie and Brett, with Vickie and Amanda, and has served children and families for nearly three years under their direction. While a fellow at the Center for Children and Families, Lauren has traveled to China twice, each time focusing on International Children’s Rights and Adoption. She was able to attend the Angels in Adoption Gala, showcasing the amazing strides in uniting families across the nation. Upon graduating in May 2019, Lauren received Co-Student of the Year for the Center for Children and Families.

 

Lauren’s future goals include developing a specialization the involves the intersectionality between special education needs and foster children, two communities of children that are held near to her heart. Different issues are present within these kiddos, and through future involvement with the 317(e) Panel and CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate), this niche community within an already small community of children with special needs can be reached.

Liam, Service Dog

Liam is the silliest - and hungriest - member of the Inclusive Education Project team. He has gone through extensive training to learn how to best support - and advocate for - children living with disabilities. Liam's life mission is to spread disability awareness and inclusion initiatives across the world. Plus, he is a great addition to our IEP client meetings. 

Service dogs are trained to assist a person with disabilities in their tasks and daily life. This can include guiding people who are blind, signaling sounds for those who are deaf, retrieving items for those with mobility constraints, and much more!

In addition to physical support, service dogs also provide emotional support and stability for mental health and wellbeing. Liam provides unconditional love, friendship and comfort to everyone he meets. 

Come stop by our office and give him a hug!