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G. Emerson Dickman III, Esq.
Emerson specializes in special education advocacy, special needs estate planning, and learning disabilities. He's been in practice for over 40 years and has represented families in over 1000 cases. He is past president of the International Dyslexia Association and has won many awards for his work including the Margaret Byrd Rawson Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.
C.W. Post College
B.S., Engineering, 1965
Rutgers Law School
New Jersey Bar, 1972
U.S. District Court for New Jersey, 1972
New York Bar, 1985
U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 1986
Current Activities & Affiliations
IMSLEC, Ethics Committee
The Center for Development and Learning, Advisory Board
National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities (NJCLD)
IDA Standards and Practices Council Task Force
International Dyslexia Association, New Jersey Branch Advisory Board
Past-President International Dyslexia Association 2006-2008
Past Activities & Affiliations
U.S. Army 1966-1969
Dyslexia Definition Consensus Committee Chair 1994 and 2002, Project Leader
National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD), Professional Advisory Board
Rehabilitation Specialists, Inc. Board
International Dyslexia Association, NJ Branch, Board
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) Special Education Steering Committee
National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities
Children's Dyslexia Centers Professional Advisory Council
Sage Day Transition Advisory Board
Awards & Honors
The Margaret Byrd Rawson Lifetime Achievement Award, International Dyslexia Assn., 2012
Outstanding Achievement Award, International Dyslexia Assn., NJ Branch, 2010
New Grange School Service Award, 2009
International Dyslexia Assn., Hall of Honor, 2009
Bergen County Bar Foundation, Community Service Award, 2000
The Orton Dyslexia Society, NJ Branch, Community Service Award, 1996
Community Resource Council, Lawyers Committee Award, 1993
NJ Council for Exceptional Children Division of Early Childhood, Professional Recognition Award, 1993
NJ Council for Exceptional Children Division of Early Childhood, Parent Recognition Award, 1993
Specializing in probate,estate planning, and guardianships.
SETON HALL LAW SCHOOL
Juris Doctor, 2003
UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND,
College Park, Maryland
Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice, 2000
Melanie Ritter takes great pleasure in being able to assist families with their legal needs especially in the areas of special needs planning involving special needs trusts, protective arrangements, guardianships, probate and estate administration.
Melanie is an associate with the Law Offices of G. Emerson Dickman for the past ten years and is a former judicial law clerk to the Honorable Judge Marguerite Simon and Judge Peter Doyne in the Chancery and Probate Divisions of the Bergen County Superior Court.
Melanie graduated University of Maryland-College Park, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice. Melanie received her law degree from Seton Hall Law School where she was a president of the Student Honor Council.
Melanie is a member of Congregation Beth Israel in Scotch Plains and is a member of the JCC of Central New Jersey for eight years.
Melanie can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via telephone at 201-909-0404.
• New Jersey, New York
Licensed clinical Social Worker
Focusing on Special Education Advocacy; Supporting Adults with Disabilities; “Next Friend” Home Monitoring; Applying for eligibility for NJ Division of Developmental Disabilities, Medicaid, and SSI.
Activities & Affiliations
Certified Social Worker, NY and NJ
Licensed School Social Worker, NY
Member, Academy of Certified Social Workers
Member, NASW of NJ
COLLEGE OF NEW ROCHELLE, NY
Credits toward Graduate Certificate Program in School Administration and Supervision, 1993-
NEW YORK UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK, NY, NY
CLARK UNIVERSITY, Worcester, Ma.
Psychology and Education
Kim has been working at the Law Offices of Emerson Dickman for over 20 years as a non-attorney advocate for individuals with disabilities and their families.
Formerly she worked in public and private schools as an administrator, child study team member, case manager, and clinician. These experiences have helped her identify and respond to the educational needs of children with learning, social-emotional, physical, and/or developmental differences.
She participates in Special Education Consultations with Emerson and as a team, they draw on their legal and clinical backgrounds and knowledge of informed educational practices to address the needs of children and/or empower their parents to become more effective advocates for their children.
Kim also helps clients connect with other specialists, behavioral, NJ State and social service agencies (DVR, DDD, Support Coordinators, Medicaid, SSI, SSD, Performcare, Bergen’s Promise) for services and benefits to build a network of support which will enable the individual with a disability to live as safely and independently as possibly.
Through “Next Friend” services, families may engage Kim to provide case work services often consisting of home visits to provide companionship to their loved ones with a disability, monitor their well being, and report back any concerns.
Justine has managed the law offices of G. Emerson Dickman III, Esq. for over 20 years.