Staff Attorney at Advocates for Children of New York
After graduating from Loyola, Daniel Hochbaum was selected through a highly competitive process to be an Equal Justice Works Fellow, sponsored by the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery. As an EJW, Dan ran the Learning Disabilities Project within Equip for Equality’s Special Education Clinic. Dan’s project was designed to represent low income and minority students with Learning Disabilities in Chicago. During his fellowship, he provided self-advocacy assistance to teach families about their rights, community outreach in Chicago’s neighborhoods, and direct representation to families at special education meetings and in other legal proceedings. After completing his EJW Fellowship, Dan accepted a staff attorney position at Equip for Equality, where he continued to represent special education students in Chicago Public Schools.
Currently, Dan is a staff attorney at Advocates for Children of New York, an educational advocacy organization committed to ensuring that all New York City students have access to a quality education. In this position, Dan represents and advocates for students with disabilities, students facing disciplinary issues in school, students involved with the juvenile justice system, and students involved in the child welfare system. Dan’s background in education law and experience working with students who have difficulty obtaining meaningful access to a quality education have provided valuable skills and perspective that are an asset to him in his current role.
While at Loyola, Daniel focused his studies in education and special education law and volunteered with public interest organizations in Chicago. Daniel graduated from law school in 2012 and earned a certificate in Child and Family Law. He attended Loyola following his graduation from McGill University in Montreal, Canada.
In July 2013, Daniel was awarded the Kimball R. Anderson and Karen Gatsis Anderson Public Interest Law Fellowship by the Chicago Bar Foundation in recognition of the exemplary service he provides for low-income families.
The aspect or aspects of the work you find most satisfying:
At Equip, I had the opportunity to follow up with former clients months after we had helped them with their initial concerns. One very satisfying aspect of my work was the opportunity to follow up with a client and learn that the advice or advocacy I had provided was helping the student to make progress and achieve real academic gains. In my current role, I enjoy being able to provide meaningful advocacy to students who might not otherwise have access to a quality education, so their circumstances do not dictate their ability to be successful.
How Loyola supported you in your career development:
Loyola supported me in my career development by offering a wide variety of courses in education and special education law and by helping me establish contacts and internship opportunities in the field. In particular, the Education Law Practicum placed me at agencies where I was fortunate to be mentored by extraordinary attorneys and gain practical experience. These placements also helped me to form a relationship with the office that I ultimately began working at after law school.
Advice to Loyola students seeking opportunities in the field:
Be sure to take advantage of internship and externship opportunities. The more cases you handle before leaving law school, the better prepared you will be on your first day as an attorney. Also, try to learn the law from experts not only at school but through CLEs and webinars on special education law.
Dated: January 6, 2016