Our Staff

Beth Cruz, Esq.
Education Attorney

Phone: (615)880-3710 | Email: BethCruz@jis.nashville.org

Beth is the team leader for Education Rights Project and provides legal representation to families in school meetings and discipline appeals. Beth is also engaged in state and local policy work to improve educational outcomes for Nashville’s students with disabilities.


Carrie Mason, Ph.D., Esq.
Education Attorney and Guardian ad Litem

Phone: (615)880-3709 | Email: CarrieMason@jis.nashville.org

Carrie utilizes her expertise in special education to provide legal representation to our clients in school, as well as through her work as an Educational Surrogate and as a Guardian ad Litem representing the best interest of her clients.


Lydia Burris, LMSW
Social Worker

Phone: (615)862-8996 | Email:

Lydia provides educational advocacy to parents of students with disabilities in meetings and links families to appropriate resources to address the families’ needs. Lydia also coordinates any program case referrals.