Jacquelyn Babinski, Founder and Principal

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Jacquelyn Babinski is a passionate and experienced attorney who has dedicated her career to advocating for children's education rights. 
Jacquelyn Babinski graduated from Central Michigan University with a BS in Child Development and Psychology in December 2014. After graduating, she spent a year and a half working as a juvenile probation officer for Montcalm County before attending law school. In December 2018, she graduated Magna Cum Laude from Michigan State University College of Law and began working for Elizabeth K. Abdnour, Esq., PLLC, first as a law clerk and then as a Contract Attorney following her admission to the bar. In July 2020, Jacquelyn opened her private practice, Babinski Law, PLLC, practicing education and criminal law, along with some court-appointed family law work. In March 2020, Jacquelyn began providing services as a Contract Attorney to Legal Services of Eastern Michigan (LSEM). At LSEM, Jacquelyn primarily represents students attending Flint Community Schools who have been affected by the Flint Water Crisis.
 
In February 2021, Jacquelyn Babinski (along with some colleagues) created MI AECRES - a nonprofit dedicated to providing education advocacy and legal representation to families in West Michigan. At MI AECRES, Jacquelyn serves as our Executive Director managing the day-to-day affairs of the organization and working closely with the other board members to develop and implement strategic planning initiatives of MI AECRES. Jacquelyn also serves as MI AECRES' lead attorney, which includes recruiting, training, and supervising non-attorney advocates; identifying, investigating, developing and litigating education cases in administrative hearings, as well as in federal and state court; and engaging with community partners, policymakers, and community groups working on similar issues. Ms. Babinski is also an active member of Council of Parents, Attorneys, and Advocates (COPAA), serving on their membership committee, and of the Michigan Parent, Advocate, and Attorney Coalition (MiPAAC).
Education
  • J.D., Michigan State University College of Law
  • B.S. Central Michigan University
Bar Admissions
  • Michigan
Pro Bono, Professional, and Community Service
Present
  • Contract Attorney, Legal Services of Eastern Michigan
  • Contract Attorney, Elizabeth K. Abdnour, Esq., PLLC
  • Student Advocate, Student Advocacy Center
  • Member, Rethink Discipline Michigan working group
  • Member, Autism Alliance of Michigan
  • Member, Council of Parents, Attorneys, and Advocates
  • Member, Michigan Education Attorneys and Advocates working group
  • Advisory Council Member, A2IDEAS
Past
  • Legal Researcher, Michigan Protection & Advocacy Services
  • Board Member and Committee Chair, Michigan ACLU - Local Lansing Unit
  • Law Clerk, Michigan Children's Law Center
  • Law Clerk, Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands
  • Research Assistant, Street Democracy 
  • Student Clinician, Civil Rights Clinic, Michigan State University College of Law
  • Juvenile Probation Officer, Montcalm County Juvenile Court
  • Board Member, We Care for Kids Montcalm County
  • Board Member, Great Start Collaborative Montcalm County
  • Program Intern, Montcalm CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)
  • Office Clerk, Gordon M. Bloem, Attorney at Law
  • America Reads Tutor, Central Michigan University Mary Ellen Brandell Volunteer Center (serving 2nd and 3rd grade students in Isabella County)