Samara Klein

Professional Profile ó Samara Klein

 

Overview: Samara Klein has more than twenty years of experience as an attorney, leader and advocate in the nonprofit community.

Her work history demonstrates her passion for serving the community and helping individuals and families. She has been a vigorous advocate for special education, healthcare access, and other rights for both adults and children with disabilities. Her unique background as both an attorney and as a nonprofit executive gives her a special edge in understanding how to resolve issues when families and mission-based organizations are faced with challenging bigger and more powerful institutions.

 

Disability Advocate: Ms. Klein has advocated for individuals with disabilities throughout Missouri, in the metro Kansas City area, and in the United States. She has fought for and secured services for children in special education cases under the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act and served as an administrative hearing officer for four years for the State of Missouri in special education cases. She has also successfully helped clients under the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, Mental Health Parity Laws, and the Fair Housing Act.

 

Healthcare Champion: As the executive director and co-founder of a nonprofit organization advocating for health care benefits for children with special needs, she has acquired extensive knowledge of the healthcare system. Ms. Klein served for 11 years as the co-founder and executive director of Reach for Kids, also known as Children's Benefits Services for Families. Under her direction, this organization achieved more than a 90 percent success rate overturning cases in which individuals had previously been denied health coverage.

 

Ms. Klein also helped educate families on how to favorably and expeditiously resolve issues such as obtaining better health insurance benefits for children with disabilities and ensuring their complaints did not get lost in the bureaucratic system. She is experienced in understanding how to coordinate health care services with special education services. She will help small businesses and nonprofits understand and comply with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) at the reasonable fees she charges all her clients.

 

Nonprofit Expert:

                                     Legal and Structural Support

As a lawyer, Ms. Klein has provided many services to nonprofit organizations, and can help your organization with issues such as:

  • Obtaining 501(c)(3)status
  • Writing and revising bylaws
  • Drafting and reviewing contracts
  • Training board members, staff and volunteers on fiduciary duties, lobbying laws, and other legal concerns

These skills are often badly needed by nonprofits that cannot afford to pay big law firms for advice and canít rely on pro bono services for all their legal questions.

 

Ms. Klein is a highly skilled facilitator. This experience can be an especially useful when working with boards, staff, consumers, and the volunteers of nonprofits.


                                                           Policy Reform

Ms. Klein is especially experienced at analyzing, developing and advocating for policies for mission-based organizations. She has experience in both educating policymakers and in direct and grassroots lobbying. She has helped parents organize successfully to improve statewide legislation and to increase the understanding of employers and public administrations so that they are more responsive to people with disabilities.


Education and Bar and Court Admissions: Ms. Klein graduated from the University of Kansas Law School in 1989, has been a member of the Missouri Bar since 1989 and is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri.

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9229 Ward Parkway, St. 370
Kansas City, MO 64114

816-523-4667 ext. 105
816-682-3080

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