Renee M. Howayeck
Renee M. Howayeck represents students with disabilities and their parents with regard to special education and school discipline matters. Appointed by the Massachusetts Department of Education and Secondary Education to serve as a Special Education Surrogate Parent for children in DCF custody, she advises on matters regarding special education evaluation, eligibility and determination; disputes with school districts regarding special education, Individualized Education Plan (IEP) development, and program placement; suspension and expulsion hearings; and proceedings before the Bureau of Special Education Appeals (BSEA). Ms. Howayeck also practices in the areas of employment discrimination, sexual harassment, disability, and personal injury matters, as well as the general practice of law. Prior to joining the Law Office of Gary P. Howayeck, P.C., she worked as a law clerk to Attorney (now the Honorable) Joseph Macy. Ms. Howayeck has been a member of the Massachusetts Bar since 1998. She also holds membership before the United States District Court for Massachusetts. She is a member of the Women’s Bar Association, and the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA). She is a 2015 recipient of a First Justices Award for Pro Bono Public Excellence for her services provided in the area of special needs school law. She currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Fall River Conservation Commission and is a member of the Fall River Sewer Commission. Additionally, she serves on the Board of Directors at People, Incorporated and volunteers as a SMILES Mentor. Lastly, Mrs. Howayeck also serves on the School Committee for Diman Regional Vocational High School.
B.A., Political Science, 1991
Stonehill College, cum laude
J.D. 1997 New England School of Law, cum laude