Edwin D. Colon

Edwin D. Colon

Associate
Milford, Connecticut
Phone:
203-783-1200
Fax:
203-878-2235
Email:

Edwin D. Colon recently joined Berchem Moses PC as an Associate Attorney in the Education Law Department. His practice focuses on the representation of Boards of Education in education issues and student matters including: special education, student discipline, discrimination, harassment, Section 504, ADA, Title IX, restraint and seclusion, student data privacy and general education matters.

Prior to joining Berchem Moses PC, Edwin served as Director of the Immigrant Children's Justice Project at the Center for Children's Advocacy a private non-profit legal organization affiliated with the University of Connecticut School of Law. Edwin focused his practice on the very specific Federal law and Connecticut procedures for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), which helps abused, neglected or abandoned immigrant children, regularize their immigration status. Edwin assisted in drafting legislation codifying the SIJS language into Connecticut law, provided substantive legal training and technical assistance to Connecticut attorneys including appeals, and facilitated training and roundtable discussions on the educational needs of English Language Learners and students with limited and interrupted formal education to boards of education, parents and community organizations. Edwin also directed a School Based Legal Clinic at a high school for seven years where he worked with young children and teen clients to resolve legal issues that prevented them from succeeding in school. In that capacity, Edwin also served as co-counsel on two systemic complaints related to child find violations and the provision of a free and appropriate public education to students with disabilities in a major school district.

In addition to his practice as a lawyer, Edwin has worked with the Annie E. Casey Foundation on issues related to the improvement of foster care practices and with the Department of Children and Families in child abuse investigations. Edwin has held faculty positions at the UConn School of Social Work, Capital Community College and the University of Saint Joseph.

Areas of Practice

  • Education

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court District of Connecticut

Education

  • University of Connecticut School of Law, Hartford, Connecticut
    • J.D. - 2009
  • University of Connecticut
    • M.S.W. - 2003
  • University of Puerto Rico
    • B.A. magna cum laude - 1997

Classes/Seminars

  • Connecticut State University System-Capital Community College
  • University of Connecticut-School of Social Work
  • University of Saint Joseph

Honors and Awards

  • James W. Cooper Fellow, CT Bar Foundation, 2018
  • Distinguished Leader in the Law, CT Law Tribune, 2017
  • New Leader in the Law, CT Law Tribune, 2013
  • Recognition as a Social Work Educator, CT-NASW, 2009

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Connecticut Hispanic Bar Association, Member, Board of Directors
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, Member
  • Connecticut Judicial Branch Access to Justice Commission, Member

Pro Bono Activities

  • Village for Families and Children, Member, Board of Directors

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish