Jodi Bender, a partner at Duffee + Eitzen L.L.P., represents clients in all types of family law matters such as divorce cases including simple or complex, property division, child custody cases, modifications, termination and adoptions, enforcement actions, and drafting pre and post-nuptial agreements. Jodi’s practice involves both litigation and participation in the collaborative or cooperative process. Jodi has been practicing law in the Dallas/ Fort Worth area since graduating summa cum laude from Texas A&M University School of Law. Earlier in her career, Jodi worked as both a teacher and an administrator in various educational settings, including public school districts, private schools, and university campuses. After graduating from law school, Jodi’s practice focused on representing clients in all types of school law matters. Jodi’s extensive background working with children and families compliments her practice as a Dallas/Fort Worth family attorney and makes her a compassionate advocate for her clients.

In addition to representing clients in family law matters, Jodi also represents parents and students seeking resolution to school-related issues, including those involving student discipline, Section 504, and special education pursuant to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (“IDEA”). Jodi’s advocacy includes protecting the right of disabled students to receive a Free Appropriate Public Education (“FAPE”) through her representation of parents and students at Admission Review and Dismissal (“ARD”) Committee meetings, mediation, and Due Process hearings.

Jodi is an accomplished speaker and author of numerous publications, including:

Published Works: Co-author “An Overview of Federal Disability Laws” Chapter in Contemporary Issues in Higher Education Law (2nd Ed.), published by the Education Law Association, 2011 Comment, Snowflakes in Texas? Enacting Legislation to Allow for Embryo Adoption, 16 Tex. Wesleyan L. Rev. 3, 2010.

Seminars Presented: The Texas Open Meetings Act, Region XI Education Service Center, 2010 Meaningful Grievances, Region XI Education Service Center, 2011 Sexual Harassment, Bullying, Social Networks, Client Workshop, 2011 Discipline Procedures for Special Education Students and Documentation of ARD Meeting Deliberations, Client Workshop, 2012 Legal Issues for Education Foundations, Board 2 Board, 2012 Bullying, Client Workshop, 2012 Real Housewives of Texas County: When Citizens Turn Your Job into Reality T.V., TASA/TASB State Convention, 2012 The School-to-Prison Pipeline, Education Law Association Regional Conference, 2013.