When a child in Kristina’s family suffered a traumatic brain injury twenty years ago, Kristina’s family turned to Regina Skyer after his school denied him necessary services and accommodations. In watching the Skyer Law team successfully advocate for this student, Kristina’ passion for education law was sparked.
In high school, Kristina began working with YAI/ National Institute for People with Disabilities. She started out as a volunteer respite specialist and worked her way up to becoming the assistant supervisor of a social-skills program for children and adults with disabilities. While an undergraduate at Brooklyn College, she played an active role in advocating for students’ rights through an internship with the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU), working on cases regarding student bullying, mental health, and disciplinary policies.
While at CUNY School of Law, Kristina represented students facing school suspensions through the Suspension Representation Project and participated in the school’s first-ever law clinic devoted to students with disabilities. She was awarded the Public Service Merit Scholarship in recognition of her work on behalf of students with special needs. While in law school, Kristina was a legal intern for a major New York special education law firm, working both on cases involving the NYC Department of Education and the NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities.
Kristina is pleased to have now joined Skyer Law, the firm that first inspired her legal career in special education. A Brooklyn native, she remains engaged in local community-service projects supporting students with special needs.