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ROBIN P. KELLER, ESQ.
MANAGING PARTNER
 

Experienced in all phases of 504 and IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) proceedings from initiating a referral for special education services to attendance and 

advocacy at Planning and Placement Team meetings, Individualized Education Plan revisions, Mediations Resolution Sessions, Due Process Hearings, and filing of State and Federal Complaints. Robin also has extensive experience in representing students in school disciplinary, expulsion, and dismissal hearings and in residency or transportation disputes.

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Prior to establishing her education law practice, Robin was a commercial litigator at Robinson & Cole, LLP where she gained extensive experience taking and defending fact and expert depositions, motion practice, and preparing cases held in state and federal courts. She has successfully represented many clients in administrative hearings, formal and informal mediations, arbitrations, and at trial.

 

Robin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in microbiology from Clemson University and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Connecticut of School of Law.

 

Robin has dedicated a significant portion of her law practice to assisting parents and guardians of Connecticut's underserved and most vulnerable children. Sliding scale fees are offered to those families found eligible using the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Poverty Guidelines. Ms. Keller also serves as a pro bono cooperating attorney for the Center for Children's Advocacy (www.CCA-CT.org) representing children in Lower Fairfield County. She is an active member of COPAA (“Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates”), and SEEK (“Special Education Equity for Kids of Connecticut”), both organizations inclusive for advocates, attorneys, parents and professionals focused on positive educational outcomes for children with disabilities.

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JENNIFER STEINER
NON-ATTORNEY SPECIAL EDUCATION
LEGAL ADMIN, A
DVOCATE 

JENNIFER STEINER, ADMINISTRADOR LEGAL Y DEFENSOR

 

La defensora de los padres Jennifer Steiner recibió su licenciatura en Educación de la Universidad Estatal de Illinois y durante siete años enseñó ciencias en la escuela secundaria. Durante ese tiempo, Jen comenzó a trabajar en su maestría en educación especial. Después de que a su hijo le diagnosticaran autismo a la edad de dos años, Jen comenzó su educación informal en educación especial. Jen ha continuado sus estudios en educación especial a través de la capacitación en defensa de COPAA ("Consejo de Padres Abogados y Defensores"). En mayo de 2020, Jen completó (“SEAT”) 1.0, un curso de tres meses, en defensa de la educación. Ahora está inscrita en el seminario avanzado SEAT 2.0. Se espera la certificación en mayo de 2021. Durante los últimos dos años, Jen ha brindado activamente asistencia administrativa legal a Robin y apoyo sustantivo en asuntos de clientes.

 

Jen participa activamente en la comunidad y forma parte del Comité Asesor de Padres de Educación Especial de la Junta de Norwalk (N-SpedPAC), el Consejo de Gobierno Escolar y la Asociación de Padres y Maestros en la escuela primaria de su hijo.

appropriate educational services, and accommodations for their children with special educational needs. Jen received her Bachelor’s degree in Education from Illinois State University and for seven years afterwards, taught middle school science.  During that time, Jen began working on her master’s degree in special education. After her son was diagnosed with autism at the age of two, Jen began her informal education in special education. Jen has continued her education in special education through completion of COPAA's (“Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates”) basic and advanced advocacy training, known as SEAT 1.0 and SEAT 2.0.  For the past three years, Jen has actively provided Robin support on client matters and for the past two years, has provided direct special education advocacy to parents of children with special needs. 

 

Jen is active in the community having served on the Boards of Norwalk Special Education Parent Advisory Committee (N-SpedPAC), School Governance Council, and the Parent Teacher Association at her child’s elementary school.

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Darcy Hempstead
NON-ATTORNEY SPECIAL EDUCATION
TRANSLATOR/ADMINISTRATOR

A native of Nicaragua, Darcy came to the United States when she was ten years old.  She attended Silvermine elementary 

and West Rocks Middle School and graduated from Norwalk High School in 2013. Darcy attended classes at Norwalk Community College in Child Development while working at Stew Leonard’s before full-time employment as a home childcare provider (Nanny) for two families.

Darcy is familiar with the Special Education process and attends PPT meetings to support her brother, a student with autism, at Norwalk High School.

Darcy joined Keller Law as a Bilingual Administrator, fluent in Spanish. Darcy provides LatinX parents native language communication of their parental concerns and assists parents and guardians by interpreting and translating school-based terminology on forms, reports, and

evaluations.  She works alongside the Keller Law team, ensuring LatinX parents’ concerns for their child’s education are understood and represented by Keller Law.  

 

Darcy lives in Norwalk with her husband and son. Her interests include spending time with her family, quiet meditative walks in the woods, and living the American dream.

DANI COHEN
NON-ATTORNEY SPECIAL EDUCATION
ADVOCATE & IEP CO
MPLIANCE

Dani’s training and experience in special education is extensive.  She began her special education career as a K-12 special education teacher

in New York and then Connecticut in both private and public schools.  Her 13+ years of experience include serving in a large public school district as IEP Compliance, ensuring that IEPs were constructed to meet the needs of the student and that they adhered to state and federal special education law policies and procedures. Dani has worked with district administrators on the PPT processes, components of IEPs, procedures for meetings, and legal documents to be included. She constructed and delivered district-wide professional developments in Special Education, Executive Functions, and SRBI (Scientific Researched Based Interventions. Dani has chaired PPT meetings, counting into the thousands, and had the responsibility of reviewing all documents for accuracy and fidelity. Dani served in the capacity of Assistant Director of Pupil Personnel Services providing the oversight of the IEPs, programming, professional development, and continued compliance of IEPs.

 

Dani’s understanding of an individual student’s learning style, coupled with her knowledge of best practices and evidence-based research-based programs and IEP compliance, provides invaluable support, insight, and advocacy opportunities to parents of children with special learning and behavioral needs.

 

Dani has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rollins College, and a Master’s degree in childhood education and a Master’s degree in Special Education from Hunter College and College of Saint Rose. Currently, Dani is completing her doctoral programming in Educational Leadership at the University of Bridgeport with a dissertation focusing on childhood trauma and ADHD. Dani also has her certification in special education from both NY and CT.

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DAVID HEUVELMAN
QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL LEGAL INTERN, SECOND YEAR

David is well versed on special education needs and the importance of collaboration with school districts. For the past several years, David has

been a chosen leader on numerous special education committees and parent advocacy groups in the Norwalk community. David's community outreach has extended to being a current Norwalk Common Council representative. Through personal experiences with his son, David has committed to establish equity and identify solutions that work for all children. David has devoted to a change of career furthering his knowledge base as a second-year law student at Quinnipiac University Law School.

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 LAUREN BARETTA

QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL

LEGAL INTERN, SECOND YEAR 

Lauren is passionate about community outreach and advocating for students with special needs.  Upon graduating from

Connecticut College, she worked as a paraprofessional and literacy tutor with special education students at both the elementary and middle-school levels. In 2020, she received a competitive Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) grant in Malaysia and supported Malaysian high-school students for several months. Lauren is now a second-year law student at Quinnipiac University Law School, Vice President of the Public Interest Law Project, and a Staff Member of the Quinnipiac Health Law Journal.

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