Dora J. Dome

Dora J. Dome has practiced Education Law for over 23 years, primarily in the areas of student issues and special education. She graduated from University of Hawaii, Richardson School of Law (J.D.) and from University of California, Los Angeles (B.A.).

In 2016, she published her first book, Student Discipline, Special Education Discipline, Anti-Bullying and Other Relevant Student Issues: A Guide For Practitioners, which has been described as a “must-have” for anyone seeking to understand student discipline and bullying. In 2017, Ms. Dome published her second book, Understanding Student Discipline in California Schools: A Parent’s Guide to General and Special Education Discipline, to assist parents in navigating the school discipline process. This book has also been translated into Spanish! In 2020, Ms. Dome published her fourth and fifth books, respectively, Student Discipline Resource Binder: A Comprehensive Guide for K-12 Schools, and Improving Student Achievement Through The Creation of Relationships: A Critical Race Theory Counter-Story. Both books are part of her new series called Tools For The Trade.

Ms. Dome currently provides legal representation to school districts on student issues and develops and conducts professional development trainings for district staff that focus on Bullying and Legal Compliance, viewed through an Equity Lens, in a proactive effort to build staff capacity to address the changing needs of their students.

Admitted to the Hawaii State Bar in 1996, Ms. Dome served as a special education consultant and trainer for the Hawaii State Department of Education and Hawaii State Department of Health for five years. Ms. Dome was admitted to the California Bar in 2003. She worked with the education law firm of Dannis Woliver Kelley, (fka Miller Brown and Dannis) for eight years.

Ms. Dome has studied in the areas of Race and Ethnicity, Critical Legal Studies and Critical Race Theory and has been certified as a Cultural Diversity Trainer by the National Coalition Building Institute (aka NCBI). She has developed and conducted trainings for numerous school districts and school boards in the areas of student diversity and equity, student and special education discipline, harassment/discrimination, bullying, special education, trauma sensitive schools, alternative assessments for African American students, Section 504, and student records.

Ms. Dome also regularly presents at association conferences such as ACSA, CSBA and CASCWA. She participated on the Gay & Lesbian Athletics Foundations (aka GLAF) Keynote Panel on “Race and Racism in LGBT Athletics” and presented at the NCAA Black Coaches Association Annual Conference on “Homophobia in Sports.”

Ms. Dome is a Lecturer at the University of California at Berkeley, teaching Education Law and Policy in Principal Leadership Institute (PLI) Program. She was also an Adjunct Professor at Mills College teaching in the administrative credential program for soon to be administrators.


JD, University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law, 1996.

BA, University of California, Los Angeles, December 1988.
Major: Sociology, Minor: Business Administration Athletic
Scholarship Recipient, Women's Basketball Team

Related Educational Experience

Minority Leadership Training in Disabilities. Hawaii University Affiliated Program, University of Hawaii, Manoa. 1994–1996. 


Attorney. Dora J. Dome Law Offices. California. 2011–Present

Instructor. University of California, Berkeley, Principal Leadership Institute, Graduate School of Education. 2012–Present

Instructor. Mills College, Educational Leadership Program, School Law and Public Policy. 201–2014

Shareholder. Dannis Woliver Kelley (fka Miller Brown & Dannis). California. 2011. 

Paralegal. Law Offices of Laurence F. Padway. California. 2002

Program Specialist for Support Services. Rubicon Programs, Inc. California. 2001–2002.

Attorney. The Law Offices of Dora J. Dome. Hawaii. 1998-2003

Mentor. Department of Health, State of Hawaii. 2001.

Deputy Corporation Counsel. The Department of the Corporation Counsel. Hawaii. 1999–2001. 

Consultant. Department of Education, State of Hawaii. 1997–1998.

Special Education Staff Attorney. The Protection and Advocacy Agency of Hawaii. Hawaii. 1997–1998.

Project Graduate Assistant. Hawaii University Affiliated Program, University of Hawaii, Manoa. 1995–1996.

Volunteer Experience

Board President. Our Family Coalition. California. 2002-2004 

Board Treasurer. National Center For Lesbian Rights. California. 2003-2009 

Attorney Volunteer. Volunteer Legal Services. Hawaii. September 2000-2001. 

Volunteer Guardian Ad Litem. State of Hawaii, Family Court, First Circuit. April 1995-June 1997. 

Law Student Volunteer. Hawaii Lawyer’s Care. Hawaii. July 1995-June 1996. 

Kid’s First Facilitator. State of Hawaii, Family Court, First Circuit. September 1995-1997. 

Professionals for Drug Free Kids. Hawaii State Bar Association. 1996 - 1997

Law Line Committee. Hawaii State Bar Association. September 1997- 2001.

Athletes for the Future. UCLA Minority Student Athletes. 1985-88 

Professional Activities 

Trainer, 1997 IDEA Re-authorization, State-wide Department of Education, 1997

Trainer, Special Education Law in Hawaii: Rights and Responsibilities, December 1997

Member, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Task Force, 1998–2001

Member, IDEA 1997, Hawaii State Implementation Team, 19971998

Member, HAR Chapter 36 Revision Committee, 1998

Member, HAR Chapter 36 Hearing Officer Selection Committee, 1998

Member, State Independent Living Counsel, 19982001

Presenter, ACSA Every Child Counts Symposium, 2005Present

Presenter, ACSA Annual State Conference, 2010

Keynote Speaker, ACSA Annual State Conference, Diversity and Equity Strand Luncheon, 2010

Presenter, CASCWA Annual Conference, 2007, 2009–Present

Presenter, CSBA Annual Education Conference and Trade Show. 2009

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