MIHO MURAI, Esq. is a solo practitioner in Los Angeles, California where she represents families in education law (including special education, school discipline, bullying, retaliation for educational advocacy, discrimination, and Section 504 plans), regional center services, immigration law, adoptions, guardianship, juvenile delinquency, and dependency (children in foster care). Her passion and commitment to these vulnerable youth derive from her experiences as a teacher and community activist.
Miho received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a Specialization in Chicana/o Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles. Upon graduating, she taught for four years as a bilingual elementary school teacher in South Central Los Angeles. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she served on the Student Success Team, a committee designed to assess and recommend individual student modifications in the general education program. She also created and instructed, in Spanish, a school-wide parent class that provided reading and writing strategies to be implemented at home. After the passage of Proposition 227, and witnessing its negative effects on her students, she decided to pursue her life-long dream of attending law school.
Miho graduated from the University of California, Hastings College of Law, with a Concentration in Public Interest Law. While in law school, she had the honor of externing for the late Honorable Robert M. Takasugi, United States District Court, Central District. She also worked at numerous non-profit organizations, including Legal Services for Children, National Center for Youth Law, Asian Law Caucus, and
Miho has been a member of the California State Bar for over twelve years. She has significant litigation experience as a former Deputy Trial Counsel for the Office of the Chief Trial Counsel of the State Bar of California (prosecuting attorneys for misconduct), as a staff attorney for Sacramento Child Advocates (representing children in the foster care system), and as a staff attorney for Public Counsel Law Center (representing students in special education, school discipline, and other education related issues).
Miho is fluent in both English and Spanish. She is a member of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Los Angeles County, the Asian Pacific American Women Lawyers Alliance, the Southern California Special Education Task Force, the California Foster Youth Education Task Force, the California Association for Parent-Child Advocacy, the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, the Japanese Speaking Parents Association with Children with Challenges, the National Lawyers' Guild of Los Angeles, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and the Southern California Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. In July 2010, she was selected to be a member of the Office of Administrative Hearings, Special Education Advisory Committee for the 2010-2012 fiscal years. She was reappointed to the position for the 2012-14 fiscal year. Miho currently serves as the co-liaison for the 5th Grade Creative Essay Contest for the writing prompt, "Why I am Glad that America is a Nation of Immigrants," which is sponsored by the Southern California Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Miho is also a member of the Los Angeles Juvenile Court Education Panel, where she is regularly appointed to represent students with disabilities who are in the foster care system or who have an active delinquency case. Finally, Miho is a pro bono attorney for the Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project of Catholic Charities, where she represents detained youth in both state and immigration court, and for Talk About Curing Autism (TACA), where she assists families with children with disabilities.
In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, dancing, teaching, creative writing, and volunteering. She is also a writer for the Examiner.com as the South LA Special Needs Examiner.
For more information on Miho Murai, please go to: www.linkedin.com/in/mihomurai. You can also view free immigration videos that were co-developed and co-instructed by Miho at http://www.lawtake.com/index.php/listing/index/attorney/id/61/. Check back regularly as she intends to create videos on education law.