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 When attorneys are involved as potential of becoming adversarial. In a letter sent to then Hilery Clinton (Sentetor) July 23, 2001 by the New York State Office of Special Education Programs address this question. To see the full letter click ​here.

“The presence of an attorney could contribute to a potentially adversarial atmosphere at the meeting.  The same is true with regard to the presence of an attorney accompanying the parents at the IEP meeting.  Even if the attorney possessed knowledge or special expertise regarding the child” and (§ 300.344(a)(6)), an attorney’s presence would have the potential for creating an adversarial atmosphere that would not necessarily be in the best interests of the child.