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Valerie Vanaman (August 2009-Present)

     Valerie Vanaman is a partner at the Sherman Oaks firm of Newman Aaronson Vanaman. She began her career as a nationally selected Reginald Heber Smith Community Lawyer Fellow in 1967. After spending almost fifteen years with various public interest organizations, she began her private practice in 1981. Vanaman’s firm has been a leader in providing representation for individuals challenged with disabilities and for their families. Her work has focused on securing for her clients a basic education, as well as their rights under such programs as Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Social Security Act, Supplemental Security Income Act, Americans with Disabilities Act and the Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Services Act.

     Vanaman received her undergraduate and law school education at Ohio State University. She was as a teaching fellow at Harvard Law School and an attorney for such public interest organizations as the Children's Defense Fund. Vanaman has also served on the Advisory Committees for the California Special Education Hearing Office and the Office of Administrative Hearings, Division of Special Education. She is a founding member of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, as well as the California Attorney Parent Organization. She is also a member of the Bar of the U.S. Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal and the Federal District Courts for the Central, Northern and Southern Districts of California, as well as the California, Ohio and Massachusetts State Bars.

     Vanaman was appointed to the City Ethics Commission in August 2009 by City Council President Pro-Tem Jan Perry to a five-year term that will end June 30, 2014. She was elected by the Commission to serve as its vice president for FY11-12.

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