Lawton Jackson

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Lawton Jackson is a partner with the firm Udall Shumway PLC. Ms. Jackson focuses her practice in education law. In the K-12 setting, she primarily advises and trains in Title IX (Sexual Discrimination), Section 504 (Protections for Students with Disabilities) the IDEA and state and federal compliance matters. In higher education, Ms. Jackson advises and trains colleges on Title IX, Clery Act (Annual Security Report (ASR) compliance, audits and responding to USDOE findings). Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Jackson worked in the public sector, for the Arizona Attorney General’s Office as the Assistant Attorney General representing the Arizona Department of Education, and directly for the Arizona Department of Education where she ran the state-wide Facilitated IEP program (training school districts on compliance and meeting facilitation strategies). Ms. Jackson excels at complex problem solving, negotiating, and representing schools in matters with state and federal oversite agencies, and combines facilitating resolutions with training and education.

Ms. Jackson received her JD from the Sandra Day O’ Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, with a certificate in Biotechnology Law and Genomics (2014). During law school, Ms. Jackson was the Editor in Chief for the Prevail Project: Wise Governance for Challenging Futures, and a legal writing contributor for the Embryo Project Encyclopedia, supported by the National Science Foundation and the Arizona State University, Center for Biology and Society. She graduated with the Pro Bono Distinction for public service.


Practice Areas

  • Education Law


  • J.D., Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, 2014
  • B.S., University of Phoenix, 2010

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

  • Arizona
  • Washington

Professional & Bar Association Memberships

  • State Bar of Arizona
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • National School Boards Association
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