Patti Page

PattiPage
  ppage@firmspf.com
  (802) 660-2555

Areas of Practice

  • Education Law (student discipline; records; harassment)
  • Discrimination Law
  • Special Education Law
  • Section 504/ADA

Education

  • Stanford University Law School, Stanford, CA 1976 J.D.
  • Tufts University, Medford, MA 1971 B.A.
    Honors: Summa Cum Laude

Bar Admissions

  • New York Supreme Court, 1977
  • Vermont Supreme Court, 1983
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 1982
  • U.S. District Court, District of Vermont, 1982

Joined Stitzel, Page & Fletcher

  • 1990, founding member

Patti Page, a co-founder of the firm, handles education law matters relating to students, including special education and disabilities law, discrimination, harassment, confidentiality and school records, and student discipline. She sees public schools as one of the last bridges among people of diverse social and economic backgrounds.

“No other institution provides the level playing field that public education does. Public means everyone.  That is what makes public education unique, irreplaceable and challenging. Public education has become a cornerstone of our democracy; something worth our attention and protection.”

A litigator for 30 years, Patti handles a full range of administrative hearings and court cases in her areas of practice. But, she particularly enjoys her daily work with school clients, helping them to work out issues before they turn into litigation.

“The typical school district is bombarded with legal issues from the opening bell until the last light goes out after a night meeting. Clients call when they are in the middle of a crisis, or have a decision to make NOW. This is a challenging and most satisfying aspect of my practice. The legal questions are always wrapped up with important educational, policy, human, and practical considerations.  I see my job as clarifying and sizing up the legal issues, and suggesting workable and legal options that are a fit for the client’s priorities and desired outcomes.”

Patti is a frequent presenter of in-services for clients, and seminars on a range of topics, from special education and Section 504 to harassment and school records issues. Over the years, she has presented for the Vermont Department of Education, Vermont Council of Special Education Administrators, the Vermont School Boards Association, and others. She has taught special education classes at Castleton State College, Lyndon State College and the University of Vermont.