Joan Heishman Proper

Joan Heishman Proper

Location:
Manassas, Virginia
Phone:
703-291-6660
Fax:
703-574-8920
Email:

Joan Heishman Proper represents clients in education, family and juvenile law matters through legal advocacy, dispute resolution mechanisms and litigation.

Prior to law school, Ms. Proper was a teacher for nine years, first in the Diocese of Arlington and then in Fairfax County Public Schools. While she was a general education teacher, she taught students with a wide variety of special education needs.

In addition to her other areas of practice, Ms. Proper is also certified as a Guardian ad litem for children and incapacitated adults in guardianship, conservatorship and family law matters.

Areas of Practice

  • Special Education Law (Infant and Toddler through High School)
  • Education Law (PK-12)
  • Student Discipline (PK-12)
  • Guardianship & Conservatorship
  • Family Law
  • Divorce & Separation
  • Custody
  • Child Support

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia, 2007
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, 2009

Education

  • George Mason University School of Law, Arlington, Virginia
    • J.D. cum laude - 2007
  • University of Virginia
    • M.Ed. - 2002
    • Major: School Administration and Supervision
  • Virginia Tech
    • B.A. - 1994
    • Major: Liberal Arts and Sciences

Classes/Seminars

  • Discipline and Expulsion, A Practical Legal Guide, National Business Institute, 2019
  • How the 504 Plan Process Works and 504 Plan Eligibility, National Business Institute, 2018
  • A Survey of the Issues in Education Law that all Attorneys Need to Know, Virginia CLE, 2017
  • The ABC's of IEPs, Arc of Loudoun, 2016
  • The ABC's of IEPs, Arc of Prince William, 2015
  • Guardianship, Conservatorship and Less Restrictive Alternatives, Arc of Loudoun, 2014 and 2016
  • FAPE: Evaluations and Eligibility, National Business Institute, 2014 and 2015
  • Ethics in Special Education Law, National Business Institute, 2012

Honors and Awards

  • Virginia Business Magazine, Legal Elite, 2012, 2013, 2017
  • Northern Virginia Magazine, Top Lawyer, 2015

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Virginia State Bar, Member
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • Virginia Women Attorneys Association, Member
  • Fairfax Bar Association, Member
  • Prince William County Bar Association, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • William B. Reichhardt & Associates, Associate
  • William B. Reichhardt & Associates , Law Clerk
  • Fairfax County Public Schools, Teacher
  • Diocese of Arlington, Teacher

Pro Bono Activities

  • Arc of Greater Prince William, Volunteer
  • Prince William Bar, So You're 18 Program
  • Arc of Loudoun, Volunteer