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Robin S. Kuykendall

My professional experience centers on education and law, intersecting at special needs advocacy. During my advocacy career, I have successfully advocated for improving educational opportunities for special needs students, their parents, as well as protecting some of their most hard-working Arkansas teachers and guidance counselors. My current advocacy practice is limited to school district and state-level administrative jurisdictions, and I have ample experience in the mediation setting and the courtroom, too. In every case, my goal is to make life better for a child and a family, both now and in the future.

I work hard to keep myself current. In the last year, I have attended many hours of pertinent continuing education workshops and seminars produced by bar associations in Tennessee and Missouri, by MPACT , S.T.E.P., Wrightslaw, and COPAA. These wide-ranging activities prepare me to bring the latest legal strategies and advantages home to my clients. Before entering the University of Tennessee College of Law, I held teaching licenses in Illinois, Michigan, and Tennessee. I earned the Juris Doctor at UT and licensed to practice law in that state since 1998. In 2017, I added Missouri law licensure, by examination. I am not licensed to practice law in Arkansas. Both IDEA and Section 504 permit me to represent and counsel disabled and learning-disabled students in meetings with school districts and at due process hearings before state hearing officers and mediators.

I completed training as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (“CASA”) in Craighead County, Arkansas, and appeared in court for foster children in appointed cases on several occasions. The Arkansas Governor’s and Jonesboro Mayor’s awards for volunteer community service were awarded to me several times. I received the Advocate’s Prize from the University of Tennessee College of Law while a student, as well as awards for legal writing and advanced legal research. Recently, I worked as a pro bono attorney at a Knox County, Tennessee expungement clinic sponsored by UT Legal Clinic, the Beck Cultural Exchange Center, Community Step-Up, and Vet to Vet. I am a member and officer of the Craighead County unit of the NAACP, and a member of Kiwanis Club of Jonesboro.

Testimonials

Having Robin on our team has truly been an answered prayer. She not only knew all the special needs laws and regulations, but took the time to explain them to me in a way I could understand. She is one of the most positive and understanding ladies I’ve ever met in my life. It was immediately obvious to me how much she genuinely loves what she does and devotes herself to each child. She knows that she can truly make a difference that changed not only our children’s lives, but our whole family’s lives for the better. I would not hesitate to recommend her to any special needs family and I feel they need an advocate. She has truly been a blessing.

LK, Special Needs Mother

Working with Robin was a pleasure. I found her to be extremely knowledgeable with a firm understanding of both state and federal regulations and requirements that affect the education of students with disabilities. She is skilled in the area of conflict resolution, providing both support and guidance along with her own professional experience regarding school policies and procedures. Her vast knowledge and experience were a tremendous asset in working collaboratively to meet students’ needs. Her commitment to ensuring all students, regardless of their disabilities, obtain the appropriate supports and educational services required to provide a quality education makes her an extremely effective negotiator.

T.B., Reading Specialist

Working with Robin Kuykendall has been the most uplifting and positive experience for our family. I found her to be extremely knowledgeable with all education, state and federal laws… Her vast knowledge and experience have been a tremendous asset in working collaboratively with the school district to meet our child’s needs. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for an advocate; she treats each case as if it is the only one she is working on.

Ms. X, IDEA Mother