Sonia’s interest in special education law was a natural outgrowth of her work on civil rights issues, which began in college collaborating with NYC politicians on addressing the large influx of non-English proficient students unable to access educational services. She continued to develop her interest in legal issues relating to education by volunteering for advocacy organizations that work with teens experiencing social isolation due to their HIV status, pregnancy, or gender identity.
Sonia graduated from St. John’s University Law School in 1993 and immediately went to work at Advocates for Children, the preeminent organization advocating for and serving students from low-income backgrounds who are experiencing discrimination or struggling in school. At AFC, Sonia worked with a team of attorneys and lay advocates seeking appropriate educational services for students with disabilities who would otherwise go without representation. During her tenure Sonia rose to Supervising Attorney; she trained law students and new attorneys, testified at public hearings, presented educational workshops to community based organizations, and coordinated a nationwide project known as Mobilization for Equity and Excellence in Education.
After starting her family, Sonia transitioned into private practice. She worked at another special education law firm for two years, served her own private clients, and consulted on appeals to higher courts. Sonia joined the Law Offices of Regina Skyer & Associates in 2002, representing clients at impartial hearings and appeals.
Sonia lives in Long Island with her husband and three daughters. She remains passionate about mentoring law students and new attorneys with an interest in special education law.