I hired an attorney to represent me at a student disciplinary proceeding and they did a bad job. What are my options now?

Did you find yourself in the unfortunate position of having to try to address an outcome that you're not satisfied with?

All is not lost. It depends at what stage in the process you are in terms of what would need to be done. If there's been a finding of responsibility, either at a hearing or otherwise. If you're at the appeal stage, an experienced attorney advisor can step in and can address the matter accordingly to try to address, say, both the finding of responsibility and potentially the sanction as needed. If you're beyond the level of appeals or the stage of the appeal at the school, other steps may be able to be taken by having an experienced attorney advisor, say, engage with the necessary parties at the school, be it the appropriate school administrators or the school's office of general counsel, the school's attorney or attorneys that is. All those steps can be potentially taken, say, with the department of education, or say, through the courts.

Having an experienced attorney advisor who's been down this road before is going to be your best ally in terms of helping you understand what would be best moving forward, so that the best decisions can be made at this point forward.

Contact Us Today!


If you, or your student, are facing any kind of disciplinary action, or other negative academic sanction, and are having feelings of uncertainty and anxiety for what the future may hold, contact the Lento Law Firm today, and let us help secure your academic career.

This website was created only for general information purposes. It is not intended to be construed as legal advice for any situation. Only a direct consultation with a licensed Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York attorney can provide you with formal legal counsel based on the unique details surrounding your situation. The pages on this website may contain links and contact information for third party organizations - the Lento Law Firm does not necessarily endorse these organizations nor the materials contained on their website. In Pennsylvania, Attorney Joseph D. Lento represents clients throughout Pennsylvania's 67 counties, including, but not limited to Philadelphia, Allegheny, Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Chester, Dauphin, Delaware, Lancaster, Lehigh, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Schuylkill, and York County. In New Jersey, attorney Joseph D. Lento represents clients throughout New Jersey's 21 counties: Atlantic, Bergen, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Essex, Gloucester, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Salem, Somerset, Sussex, Union, and Warren County, In New York, Attorney Joseph D. Lento represents clients throughout New York's 62 counties. Outside of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York, unless attorney Joseph D. Lento is admitted pro hac vice if needed, his assistance may not constitute legal advice or the practice of law. The decision to hire an attorney in Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania counties, New Jersey, New York, or nationwide should not be made solely on the strength of an advertisement. We invite you to contact the Lento Law Firm directly to inquire about our specific qualifications and experience. Communicating with the Lento Law Firm by email, phone, or fax does not create an attorney-client relationship. The Lento Law Firm will serve as your official legal counsel upon a formal agreement from both parties. Any information sent to the Lento Law Firm before an attorney-client relationship is made is done on a non-confidential basis.