Lila H. Swann
Special Education Advocate & Attorney
As simple as it sounds, I chose to become a lawyer to help parents like you and to make a difference, no matter how small. When you are feeling overwhelmed with trying to advocate for your child’s education, I hope you reach out to me so we can work as a team for your child. I truly want to help your child reach his/her potential.
When you become our client, my strategy is to always look at your child’s individual needs from all perspectives, weigh those factors against the law, and provide you guidance on the best course of action.
My dedication to special education and helping special needs children is a result of my family. My aunt, who has Down’s Syndrome, was born in the early 60’s. Everyday I watched my family vigorously advocate for her and her friends. I now want to help you do the same for your child. I am a member of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates and have received additional special education advocacy training through Wrightslaw, William and Mary Law, and the Arc.
I’m a native of Eastern North Carolina – Morehead City, to be exact. A coastal town similar to Beaufort. I was lucky to have a mom and grandparents who provided me a wonderful childhood. Many days were spent enjoying the saltwater and sandbars of Bogue Sound.
Following college I worked in television news and radio, then transitioned into owning a large format printing and marketing business. Years of business ownership helped develop my negotiation skills and ability to view the big picture which I now bring to helping you reach favorable outcomes with your child’s school district.
After years of contemplating law school, I made one of the best decisions and attended Charleston School of Law, in Charleston, SC. As odd as it may sound, I enjoyed law school immensely. As a law student, I was selected as a member of Law Review and as a Presidential Honors Scholar. I also achieved recognition on the Dean’s List several semesters.
The Lowcountry of South Carolina has always been a special place as my grandmother was born and raised in Summerville, where my mom was born also. I am thrilled to finally call the South Carolina Lowcountry home.
Outside of helping families like yours, I enjoy the salt air and marshes of Beaufort, exploring the wonderful areas of Charleston, being entertained by my lovable dogs – Clifford and Murff, and learning to play the piano again.
When helping you navigate special education and IEPs for your child, I understand I work for you. You will feel important. You will receive prompt communication. And, you will always be supported.
- Charleston School of Law, cum laude,
Presidential Honors Scholar,
Charleston Law Review
- The University of North Carolina at Wilmington, BA
- South Carolina
- North Carolina
- Changing Times, Changing Minds: The Importance of Higher Constitutional Protection for Intellectually Disabled Citizens.