Mandy S. L. Favaloro, Esq.
881 Alma Real Dr., Suite 309
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Phone: 310-573-1430Fax: 310-573-1425
Mandy Favaloro is an attorney at A2Z Educational Advocates. She is originally from San Francisco and moved to Southern California for college. Mandy graduated magna cum laude from the University of Redlands with a B.A. in Government. Mandy was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, an academic honor society, and numerous local and national community service organizations including Mortar Board. During college, Mandy worked in the Redlands Unified School District providing reading intervention strategies to at-risk students. She then attended law school at Pepperdine University, where she graduated with a Juris Doctor degree. While at Pepperdine, Mandy spent a semester abroad in Pepperdine's London Program. She also participated in the Special Education Advocacy Clinic, where she worked with families involved in the IEP process.
Since joining A2Z Educational Advocates Mandy has advocated for parents of students with disabilities at all stages of the process including IEP meetings, mediations, due process hearings and in federal court. Mandy prepared and delivered oral arguments in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in a case involving a school district’s denial of a student’s access to school. Mandy and the A2Z team obtained a favorable opinion from the Ninth Circuit on the precedent setting issue of mootness of an IDEA claim upon the death of a student, and the Ninth Circuit overturned the District Court's award of attorneys fees to the school district on that basis.
Mandy is a member of CAPCA, the California Association for Parent Child Advocacy. She has been a guest lecturer at Pepperdine School of Law, and has presented at other conferences, webinars and training events. Mandy has presented at the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) annual conferences on a variety of special education topics, including Independent Educational Evaluations, Methodology Disputes, Negotiation and Settlement Advocacy, Parent Participation, Advocacy Skills, and Issue-Spotting. She presented a webinar entitled "Methodology Disputes: Getting Beyond the Assumption of Deference" for the Advocacy Institute's Advocate Academcy. In 2015, Mandy co-taught a two day intermediate-advanced advocate class as part of the preconference program at COPAA's Annual Conference in San Diego, California. The two day preconference session was called Advocacy 201: Skills Every Advocate Should Know, and it featured both lecture-based and hands-on teaching in a variety of critical advocacy skills for special education advocates who represent parents at the IEP level and beyond.
Mandy is an active member of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA), and has been involved in many of COPAA's committees and activities. She has served on COPAA's Training Committee, Conference Committee, Awards Committee and Nominations Committee. She current serves as the Co-Chair of the Training Committee and as the Co-Chair of the Conference Committee. She was elected to the COPAA Board of Directors in 2012.
Mandy serves as an instructor for COPAA's Special Education Advocate Training (SEAT) program. The SEAT program provides intensive education and training to special education advocates around the country in an online training course. Mandy was involved in the implementation of SEAT as an web-based program, and has been an instructor for SEAT since that time (2013) - she is now teaching her third cohort of students.