Advice for parents when there is bullying

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Advice for parents when there is bullying

What a parent needs to do when they suspect that their child is being bullied is to make sure that they document what is going on. This is one of the most important messages I give to clients every day. Parents experience their children being bullied, and it’s one of the most devastating things a parent can go through because it’s watching your little loved one suffer and feeling as though you’re powerless to stop it. Parents are often very nice people. Unfortunately in the legal system, niceness is not going to get you results. You have to be firm. You have to document the concerns that you have with the school. And one of the best ways to do that is email. Sometimes parents find that if they get a lawyer involved right away it sends a message that the parent is overly aggressive, high maintenance, or high demand. This tends to cause parents to think that they don’t want to take the next step of acting because they’re afraid of how they might be perceived. This is the wrong way to handle it. Parents need to be firm. They need to be firm in documenting what their children are going through. Schools are only held liable if there is a pattern of the school not taking action to correct a situation that they’re on notice of. It’s imperative that the parent take immediate action and notify the school in writing if they suspect their child is being bullied.

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Rabeh M. A. Soofi

Attorney & Professor of Law

Rabeh M. A. Soofi is a managing attorney of a Los Angeles, California-based law firm.  Rabeh spent most of her career at a large national law firm of 300+ attorneys representing Fortune 500 companies, multi-national corporations, government agencies, and other high-profile clients in multi-million and billion dollar disputes.  Rabeh has a broad practice which spans multiple practice areas, serving diverse clients including individuals, families, children  and numerous others.  Rabeh is recognized as one of the “Top Women Lawyers” in Southern California by SuperLawyers and Los Angeles Magazine, as well as being honored multiple times as a “Top Attorney – Rising Star” by SuperLawyers, awarded to only 2.5% of attorneys under 40.  Rabeh is rated as a “Superb” lawyer by, and ranked 10 / 10 for her experience, industry recognition, and professional conduct.  Rabeh has been recognized as a “Future Star” by Euromoney’s Definitive Guide to America’s Leading Firms and Attorneys.Rabeh has provided legal commentary and interviews on a variety of legal matters and has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, Public Radio International, Yahoo! Channel Seven, Orange County’s KM 640 AM, Random House, ALM /, Digital Journal, RFI – Radio France Internationale, Times Dispatch, Malaysia Star Online, National Law Review, Georgetown University Law Center, Lexis-Nexis, American Bar Association, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Iowa Gazette, and others media outlets.Rabeh received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Notre Dame, and two undergraduate degrees in Political Science and History from the University of Michigan. She received legal training in the City of Chicago’s Corporate Counsel’s office, and is an Adjunct Professor of Law at California Law School.Rabeh has provided over 700+ hours of pro bono service to individuals, families, and children of modest means, and has s volunteered substantial time and provided financial assistance to support a variety of charitable organizations, holding leadership positions in several, including  the Boys and Girls Club, Children’s Law Center / Kid’s Voice, Homeless Shelter Legal Aid Project, Mid East West Foundation, List Project, IMANI Aid Foundation, Mid East West Foundation, Heartland Pro Bono Council, Habitat for Humanity, Wounded Warrior, and others.

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