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One of the questions I get from parents a lot is how quickly should we be acting if we suspect our child is being involved in a bullying incident? The answer to that question is very quickly. Not only is it that memories fade and there’s the expression that the palest ink is better than the best memory, but in the judicial system you always have just a few months to make a complaint before the claim is deemed expired. School districts are governmental agencies, so they are part of the state government. And whenever you have any kind of a claim against state government you only have about 6 months to make your claim. If you don’t make a claim within that 6 months, the claim is expired. It’s dead. You can’t pursue it. The child can usually pursue it if they turn 18, but by then a decade may have gone by and it’s done no one any good. So if you’re a parent and you suspect your child of being involved in bullying of any kind, you’ve got to act quickly. You’ve got to let the school know within a few days about the bullying incident. And if it turns out that it’s been a serious bullying incident resulting in physical damage to the child’s property, physical damage to the child, or any damage that is long-term, you have to get a lawyer very quickly. The lawyer only has 6 months to make a claim. And in most states, a legal filing for personal injury is only 2 years. Those deadlines should never be forgotten about because if they go by the claim is gone forever.

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Rabeh M. A. Soofi

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Rabeh M. A. Soofi is a managing attorney of a Los Angeles, California-based law firm.  Rabeh spent most of her career at a large national law firm of 300+ attorneys representing Fortune 500 companies, multi-national corporations, government agencies, and other high-profile clients in multi-million and billion dollar disputes.  Rabeh has a broad practice which spans multiple practice areas, serving diverse clients including individuals, families, children  and numerous others.  Rabeh is recognized as one of the “Top Women Lawyers” in Southern California by SuperLawyers and Los Angeles Magazine, as well as being honored multiple times as a “Top Attorney – Rising Star” by SuperLawyers, awarded to only 2.5% of attorneys under 40.  Rabeh is rated as a “Superb” lawyer by Avvo.com, and ranked 10 / 10 for her experience, industry recognition, and professional conduct.  Rabeh has been recognized as a “Future Star” by Euromoney’s Definitive Guide to America’s Leading Firms and Attorneys.Rabeh has provided legal commentary and interviews on a variety of legal matters and has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, Public Radio International, Yahoo! Channel Seven, Orange County’s KM 640 AM, Random House, ALM / Law.com, Digital Journal, RFI – Radio France Internationale, Times Dispatch, Malaysia Star Online, National Law Review, Georgetown University Law Center, Lexis-Nexis, American Bar Association, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Iowa Gazette, and others media outlets.Rabeh received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Notre Dame, and two undergraduate degrees in Political Science and History from the University of Michigan. She received legal training in the City of Chicago’s Corporate Counsel’s office, and is an Adjunct Professor of Law at California Law School.Rabeh has provided over 700+ hours of pro bono service to individuals, families, and children of modest means, and has s volunteered substantial time and provided financial assistance to support a variety of charitable organizations, holding leadership positions in several, including  the Boys and Girls Club, Children’s Law Center / Kid’s Voice, Homeless Shelter Legal Aid Project, Mid East West Foundation, List Project, IMANI Aid Foundation, Mid East West Foundation, Heartland Pro Bono Council, Habitat for Humanity, Wounded Warrior, and others.

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