have significant experience. See, e.g., Marisol A., 111 F. Supp.2d at 388 (holding that, in the absence of evidence demonstrating a high level of experience, an hourly rate of $75 per hour is reasonable for paralegal services); Williams v. New York City Hous. Auth., 975 F. Supp. 317, 323 (S.D.N.Y. 1997) (approving an hourly rate of $75 per hour for paralegals in a civil rights action); Wilder v. Bernstein, 975 F. Supp. 276, 282 (S.D.N.Y. 1997) (acknowledging that the prevailing rate for paralegals in civil rights cases in 1997 was between $60-75 per hour). Because plaintiffs have provided no information regarding the level of experience of the paralegal that assisted with the fee application, an hourly rate of $75 is appropriate.
2. Number of Hours
The documentation submitted by plaintiffs reflects that plaintiffs' counsel spent a total of 15.2 hours*fn8 on the instant fee application, broken down as follows: 6.8 hours spent by Mayerson, 7.9 hours spent by Oren, and .5 hours spent by a paralegal. The work on the fee application included a complaint, affidavit, and memorandum of law; an initial case conference; a settlement conference with the magistrate judge; correspondence and telephone conferences with the Court; correspondence and telephone conferences with opposing counsel; and a conference with the clients. See Slip Listings. The Board argues that this amount of time is excessive, considering plaintiffs' counsel "recycled" the papers they had filed in the R.E. case. See Def. Mem. at 22-23; Notice of Motion and Mayerson Aft. in R.E., Ex. 2 to Bowe Dec.; Memorandum of Law in R.E., Ex. 3 to Bowe Dec. Although the papers filed in this action are almost identical to those filed in R.E., 15 hours is not excessive to litigate a matter in federal court.
The Board argues that the court should reject plaintiffs' fee application because plaintiffs have failed to provide contemporaneous time or billing records to support their claim. See Def. Mem. at 20 (noting that plaintiffs submitted only a "Slip Listing" printout, with no accompanying bills for the alleged work). There is no evidence to suggest that because plaintiffs' counsel entered their time into a computerized billing system rather than on individual time sheets, it was not contemporaneous.
The Board additionally argues that the entries are plagued by the same lack of specificity as the entries regarding the underlying hearing. See Def. Mere. at 20-21. However, the only example provided by the Board — an entry that describes the activity billed as "case conference related" — has already been deleted from the bill. See supra n. 8. The entries in the Slip Listings are sufficiently descriptive of the work performed. See, e.g., Slip Listing, Nos. 564 and 6513, Ex. 4 to Mayerson Aft. (describing the activity billed as "legal research on attorneys fees for autism" and "prepare federal complaint for atty fees"); Slip Listing, Nos. 8223 and 7899, Ex. 5 to Mayerson Aft. (describing the activities billed as "draft letter to Judge re: settlement options" and "tc w/client re: federal case appearance for mediation"). Thus, there is no basis upon which to deny or reduce the lodestar amount, which is $3,780.*fn9
Plaintiffs request $218.15 to cover disbursements for photocopying, Federal Express, and filing fees. See Slip Listing Nos. 7311, 7280, 7398, 7297, Ex. 4 to Mayerson Aff.; Slip Listing No. 7750, Ex. 5 to Mayerson Aft. This amount is reasonable. Thus, a total of $3998.15 is awarded to plaintiffs to cover the fees and costs for the instant fee application.
For the foregoing reasons, plaintiffs' application for attorneys' fees and costs is granted in the amount of $10,664.73 for the underlying administrative proceeding and $3,998.15 for the instant fee application, for a total award of $14,662.88. The Clerk of the Court shall enter judgment accordingly and close this case.