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Disability Rights Texas
Dustin Rynders is a Supervising Attorney of the Education Team at Disability Rights Texas, which is a nonprofit law firm and member of the federally authorized Protection and Advocacy (P&A) network. Dustin supervises a team of attorneys and advocates throughout Texas, who represent students with disabilities and their parents in disputes with school districts. Dustin also maintains his own case load. In addition to special education advocacy, Dustin has represented students with disabilities in the foster care and juvenile justice systems in a wide variety of cases and provides systemic policy education and advocacy at state level, serving on statewide committees including the Advisory Committee of the Texas Judicial Commission’s Juvenile Justice Committee.
Dustin also works as Adjunct Professor of special education law at the University of Houston Law Center.
Dustin is licensed to practice in the State of Texas and has been admitted in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas. Dustin received a Bachelor of Arts from Pepperdine University, cum laude (2001), a M.P.Aff. from the L.B.J. School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas (2003), and a J.D. from The University of Houston Law Center (2006).
Dustin first identified Texas’s 8.5% cap on special education and encouraged the Chronicle to write the Denied series, resulting in the Department of Education’s findings against Texas and the reforms that are now underway.