Meet Robin, Jen, and Erika

ROBIN P. KELLER, ESQ. 

Experienced in all phases of 504 and IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) proceedings from initiating a referral for special education services to attendance at Planning and Placement Team meetings, Individualized Education Plan revisions, Mediation, Resolution Sessions, Due Process Hearings, State and Federal Complaints. Robin also has extensive experience in representing students in school disciplinary, expulsion, and dismissal hearings.

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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.

JENNIFER STEINER, LEGAL ADMINISTRATOR AND ADVOCATE

Parent Advocate Jennifer Steiner received her bachelor’s degree in Education from Illinois State University and for seven years 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 COPAA (“Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates”) advocacy training. In May of 2020 Jen completed (“SEAT”) 1.0, a three-month course, in education advocacy.  She is now enrolled in the advanced seminar SEAT 2.0.  Certification of completion is expected in May of 2021. For the past two years, Jen has actively provided legal administrative assistance to Robin and substantive support on client matters.

 

Jen is active in the community serving 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.

ERIKA HERNANDEZ, BILINGUAL ADMINISTRATOR

Native of Monterrey, Mexico, Erika holds a Bachelor of Psychology from Universidad de Monterrey. Currently, she is working towards a Specialization in Social Emotional Learning from the University of Colorado-Boulder. 

 

Throughout the years Erika has dedicated her time as a volunteer in multiple nonprofit organizations including Dress For Success (Louisville, KY) as a career center advisor and service of the Mexican community at the Consulate of Mexico in Austin, TX in the Department of Protection.

 

Erika joins Keller Law as a Bilingual Administrator, providing support to families whose first language is Spanish. Erika provides to the LatinX community someone fluent in their language capable of accurate interpretation and understanding of parental concerns; as well as translation of school-based terminology on forms, reports, and evaluations. Erika works alongside Robin and Jen, ensuring LatinX parental concern for their child’s education are understood and represented by Keller Law.  

 

Erika lives in Norwalk CT with her husband and two children.   She is an active member of her children’s parent-teacher associations.