Like many highly accomplished attorneys, Alyce Alfano attributes the success she’s found in her practice area to her ability to see a problem from all sides. Alfano has practiced education law for 27 years. In that time, the two-time “Lawyer of the Year” honoree has represented parents, students, and school districts and briefly served as a mediator for the Connecticut State Department of Education.
“I’ve been on all sides of the issue, and that’s given me a really good perspective,” says Alfano, of what she believes helps her to stand out from her peers.
Resolving these issues takes more than just an understanding of the law, although
“A good education attorney has to be very accessible to clients, a lot of situations come up and you have to be able to respond and be flexible, and I think that it requires a lot of problem-solving and creativity,” Alfano says. “I think it requires empathy for both sides. Even though I represent school districts and boards of education, you must have empathy for the people worried about their children and for the human aspects of the policy. Because whenever people talk about their children, of course, it doesn’t get much more personal than that.”