Caryl Andrea Oberman
Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, 1974
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1976
United States Supreme Court 1980
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit 1981
Syracuse University (B.A. with Honors in Political Philosophy, 1971)
Villanova University School of Law (J.D., 1974)
Pennsylvania Bar Association, Chair, Special Education Committee, Education Law Section
Montgomery Bar Association
Honors and Awards
Pennsylvania Super Lawyer in School and Education
Exceptional Needs Foundation Miracle Workers Award 2004
Caryl has always been motivated by a passion for justice and a belief in the transformative power of education. For almost four decades, her practice has concentrated on the legal needs of persons with disabilities and their families, and of gifted students. She has lectured and published extensively in the areas of civil rights, education rights, and estate planning, especially for families of children with disabilities.
Formerly law clerk to the Hon. Merna B. Marshall (Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas), director of the Legal Department of Philadelphia Association for Retarded Citizens, senior staff attorney at the Education Law Center and litigation consultant at the Disabilities Law Project, she founded the Law Offices of Caryl Andrea Oberman in 1985 to serve the legal needs of Pennsylvania’s children and adults with disabilities and their families.
Caryl currently is a hearing officer for the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation and the Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services, and has served on numerous boards in the areas of disability and education. She has been an adjunct professor of School Law in the graduate education programs of Arcadia University, Holy Family University, Cabrini College and Antioch University. She is a member of the Montgomery County and Pennsylvania Bar Associations, serving on the Legal Services for Exceptional Children Committee and the Civil and Equal Rights Committee. She is a member of the Executive Board of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Education Section, and chairs that section’s Special Education Committee.