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Stacey Betts


Stacey W. Betts, Esquire has practiced law since 1990. Her legal career began with a law school clerkship with the Honorable Clarence J. Newcomer in the Federal District Court for the Eastern District located in Philadelphia, PA.

Upon admission to the Pennsylvania Bar, Stacey developed a general law practice that centered on family law (divorce, support, custody, PFA, grandparents rights), personal injury cases, estate planning and business law.  She worked first as an associate with the Lancaster law firm of Shirk, Reist, Wagenseller and Shirk and later as a founding partner of Kenelm L. Shirk, III Law Office.

Stacey now is “of counsel” to Nicholas Ermolovich, Esquire and continues to handle cases involving all aspects of family law, personal injury and estate administration.

For the past ten years, Stacey has also focused on Special Education law. Familiar with IDEA, Section 504, and FERPA, she is experienced in navigating the special education system within public schools. She counsels and represents families with students of all ages who have special needs to ensure that they receive proper educational services. Working cooperatively with a school district to help resolve issues that arise when educating a child with special needs, Stacey attends IEP, 504 and other team meetings to discuss specially designed instruction and other accommodations for the special needs student.

Keeping informed of new developments in Special Education law is essential, and Stacey stays current through her membership in The Council of Parent Attorney and Advocates (COPAA). She also serves on the Board of Directors of Parent Education Network (PEN), an organization which educates parents about all aspects of caring for a child with special needs.

This area of emphasis in Special Education law literally hits home with Stacey, as three of her five children are with special needs. She has shared her knowledge and chronicled her experiences, both personal and professional, by co-authoring two books: Yoga for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Asperger Syndrome in the Inclusive Classroom; Advice and Strategies for Teachers. Both books have been distributed throughout the world and are translated into several languages.

Stacey earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree at Drexel University and a Juris Doctorate from Temple University School of Law. She is admitted to practice in all Courts in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and she is a member of the Pennsylvania and Lancaster Bar Associations.

Outside the law office, Stacey is an avid devotee and daily practitioner of yoga, in both the asana and pranayama forms of the discipline. When scheduling permits and family priorities allow, Stacey attends yoga conferences and retreats.

Admitted to practice

Federal District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania

All Courts of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Professional Experience

Of Counsel:   Nicholas Ermolovich, Attorney at Law

Partner:  Kenelm L. Shirk, III Law Office

Associate Attorney:  Shirk, Reist, Wagenseller & Shirk


Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,

Juris Doctor, 1990

Clerkship, Federal District Court, Eastern District with Honorable Judge Clarence


Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Bachelor of Science, 1985

Professional Affiliations

Counsel of Parent Attorney and Advocates

Board of Directors, Parent Education Network


Asperger’s Syndrome In The Inclusive classroom; Advice and Strategies for Teachers (2007).
London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Yoga for Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders:  A Guide for Parents and Caregivers (2006).
London:   Jessica Kingsley Publishers.