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HL.jpgKathryn M. Rattigan (left), chair
Michael J. Barrows (right), vice chair

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Deborah Wheaton Hemdal, Esq. has a solo law practice in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts.  Her work focuses mainly on family law and special education issues. She works primarily with families with disabled children, both minors and adults. Hemdal is an adjunct instructor in the Rabb School of Graduate and Professional Studies at Brandeis University. She is also an adjunct instructor with the legal studies program at Newbury College.
Hemdal’s volunteer activities reflect her commitment to the disabled and rights for all. She serves as chair of the Human Rights Committee for the Horace Mann Educational Association, and she also volunteers the Rotary Club of Shrewsbury and serves as a town meeting member in Shrewsbury. Hemdal co-authored an article for the Health Law Section in the January/February edition of the Massachusetts Lawyers Journal entitled “Software Companies versus Doctors: Who Owns Electronic Health Records?” She recently presented at seminars on “Lawfully Managing Student Records Without Violating Privacy Rights” and “Disciplining Students with Behavioral Issues” for the National Business Institute Inc. She also presented a webinar for the Rabb School at Brandeis University on “Who Has Access to Your Medical Records.”
Hemdal holds a BA degree (Government) from Cornell University; an MA (Political Science) from Binghamton University, and a JD from Western New England University. She is licensed in both Massachusetts and Connecticut.


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