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Special education lawyer becomes administrative law judge

An attorney from Ayden who represents disabled students became a state administrative law judge on Monday.

Stacey Bice Bawtinhimer was appointed by Chief Administrative Law Judge Julian Mann III. She will focus on cases involving children with special needs in education, along with other assignments.

Bawtinhimer, 55, has been in private practice in her own law firm since 1991. She typically represented clients before the Office of Administrative Hearings involving special education.

She has handled appeals up to the U.S. Supreme Court, and has been a guest lecturer.