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Tamara Roff has over 15 years of experience working as an attorney fighting for appropriate educational opportunities for children with special needs. She has represented the families of hundreds of children in a variety of capacities, including advocacy at IEP meetings, mediation and representation throughout the impartial hearing process. Tammi has also represented parents in appeals to the New York State Review Officer and federal court. She represented the parents in the landmark decision Mr. and Mrs. A v NYCDOE, which ensured that families with limited financial resources could seek direct tuition funding of an appropriate private school placement from their local school district when the school district failed to offer their child a free and appropriate public education. Prior to becoming an attorney, Ms. Roff worked with individuals with disabilities in a variety of capacities and settings. She has managed group homes, coordinated the clinical care of a region of group homes, and conducted clinical assessments. Tammi has provided individual therapy to adults with developmental disabilities and conducted clinical intake assessments at a not-for profit clinic for the developmentally disabled. She has experience in developing and administering applied behavioral analysis programs to children with autism, both in school and home settings. She also taught legal, psychology and writing courses as an online instructor for the University of Phoenix. Tammi has guest-lectured at a variety of agencies that provide special education and/or advocacy services. She earned her Juris Doctor Degree from City University of New York School of Law and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Binghamton University, and a Master of Arts Degree in Psychology from Queens College. Tammi lives on Long Island with her husband, her two children, and her two bulldogs, Walter and Ruth. Tammi enjoys traveling and spending time with her family at the beach.
Tuneria Taylor has 9 years of experience working as an attorney in the field of special education law. Ms. Taylor earned her J.D. from Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University and is admitted to practice in New York. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Law from Binghamton University. Throughout law school, she served as a student associate for the Center for Children, Families and the Law at Hofstra University. Through the Center, Tuneria assisted children and families involved with the legal system through community service, public policy and research projects. She also completed a clinical program with the Child Advocacy Clinic at Hofstra, where she advocated on behalf of youth in special immigrant juvenile matters and child maltreatment cases in the Queens, Nassau and Suffolk Family Courts. During the summer of 2009, Tuneria interned at the Children’s Law Center, where she assisted with the representation of the interests of children at the heart of child maltreatment, guardianship, custody and visitation disputes in Brooklyn Family Court. Tuneria represents parents at impartial hearings, appeals, guardianship proceedings and is admitted to practice in the Southern District of New York. Born and raised in Brooklyn, she currently resides there with her husband and son. Tuneria enjoys spending time with her family and friends and traveling to visit family in the Bahamas, spending time boating and fishing.
Lauren A. Goldberg entered the world of special education law in 2009 through a legal internship at a well-known New York City law firm. However, Lauren’s interest in special education law began years earlier, while she worked as a 1:1 reading instructor at Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes. Lauren’s students inspired her to attend law school to become an advocate for those with learning differences. Lauren’s legal career has focused almost exclusively on representing students and their families at IEP meetings, mediations, resolution sessions, impartial due process hearings, and in administrative and federal court appeals. Lauren has also been a featured speaker in multiple parent workshops and presented at a nation-wide conference for special education attorneys. She is admitted to practice law in the States of New York and Oregon, as well as in the District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Lauren received her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School and, prior to then, her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, summa cum laude, from Adelphi University Honors College. A native New Yorker, Lauren now lives with her husband and pet rabbit, Bella Bunny, in Portland, OR. She loves traveling and comes back to New York regularly to both represent clients and see family and friends.
Prior to becoming an attorney, Jennifer Rentrope was a special education teacher with the New York City Department of Education. There, she worked with students of varying abilities, as well as students with autism. Jennifer is currently working towards certification as a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst.
Malkie Scher is a recent graduate from The Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University, where she earned her Juris Doctor Degree, and is currently awaiting admission to the New York State Bar. She has been passionate about helping the special needs community since she was a child, spending many of her weekends and free time volunteering and helping out at the local group home run by Ohel Bais Ezra. Prior to graduating from law school, Malkie worked and volunteered at numerous organizations dedicated to helping the special needs community. She worked as a caretaker at multiple group homes, and for three summers, worked as a camp counselor at Camp HASC, a sleep-away summer program for children and adults with developmental and physical disabilities. She also provided individualized care for children with disabilities within their homes, assisting them with different aspects of their daily routines. Additionally, she worked as an assistant teacher at the Kulanu Academy, a high school for children with learning disabilities and other special needs. Malkie holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Media Studies from Queens College, enjoys travelling, eating a flavorful steak, and spending time with family and friends.
Felipe Rendón is a new associate to our firm and brings with him over eight years of legal experience and civil rights advocacy. Prior to joining our firm, Felipe was an Assistant Attorney General with the Oregon Department of Justice where he represented the Department of Human Services in juvenile dependency proceedings. While in law school, he externed for the Honorable Darleen Ortega of the Oregon Court of Appeals and served as a Legal Intern and Legislative Aide for an Oregon State Representative. He has a long history of civil rights advocacy with various nonprofits including the Urban League of Portland and Outserve/SLDN (now known as the Modern Military Association of America), where he advocated for the civil rights of marginalized communities in Oregon and U.S. Service Members nationwide. Felipe earned his Juris Doctorate from Willamette University College of Law and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics from New York University. He is licensed to practice law in Oregon and is pending admission to the bar in New York. Felipe was born in Colombia and raised in New York. He and his wife recently moved back to New York after spending some time living in Florida and Oregon. They now happily reside in Long Island along with their three cats and their Great Pyrenees, Murphy. He loves pizza and the occasional long walk on the beach.
Sami Martin holds her M.A. and M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary in New York City. Prior to joining the Firm as the Administrative Assistant, Sami worked for a company dedicated to helping New Yorkers receiving public assistance find employment. She also worked as a reporter for an online news site and is a published author. Sami recently ran her first 5K and has always enjoyed watching “The Golden Girls” and “Murder, She Wrote.”