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A National Law Firm for Victims of Sexual Abuse, Handling cases across the Country

Herman Law has attorneys who are admitted in NY, FL and the California bar (see lawyer bios ). This allows the Herman Law attorneys, if they are not already admitted to the court, to apply to appear as attorneys of record in all 50 States of the United States and Puerto Rico, as well as all Federal District Courts, by requesting that the judge presiding over a case permit them to appear Pro Hac Vice (“for this occasion only”).

Often we do this in association with a knowledgeable local attorney in that jurisdiction who provides insight into local legal custom and practice and assists in the logistics for matters in that jurisdiction.

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Teachers, Coaches, and Even Other Students May be Sexual Predators

Every day across America, millions of children go to school and parents never give a second thought to the potential risks that face their children from the earliest ages. Teachers, coaches, volunteers, counselors, and even other students are often sexual predators in disguise. The law requires school employees and officials to exercise as much care in the supervision of children as the average parent, but because of tight budgets, understaffing, or just plain denial, they often fail and children fall prey to sexual predators. In some cases, a fellow student is a sexual offender, but because they are a juvenile, parents are never warned and only a handful of school administrators know about the student’s past.

Rarely is a student molested in school without warning. Sexual predators know they have time to “groom” their victims, to slowly gain their trust, until the sexual contact occurs, almost as if part of a natural progression. Abuse in schools can occur at any age, from pre-kindergarten through high school.

Often the legal standard required to show that a school board is liable for the sexual abuse of children, particularly in public schools, is so high that victims are unable to recover for the full extent of the damages caused by the violation of trust.

Our attorneys have been instrumental in the creation of law to protect children in public schools. In 2010, our firm argued that federal law provides a remedy for a young child when a principal and school board fail to adequately respond to allegations that a teacher committed sexual misconduct and that teacher later rapes a student. In a landmark decision, a federal appellate court agreed and reinstated the child’s case, which a lower court judge previously dismissed.

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