Tiffany Winters Kesslar joined Brustein & Manasevit, PLLC in July 2006. Ms. Kesslar represents clients regarding Federal grants management compliance and assists her clients with both fiscal and programmatic aspects of federal education programs, including the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), amending the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Ms. Kesslar also actively represents clients in the resolution of adverse audit findings and compliance under the Office of Management and Budget’s Uniform Grants Guidance (UGG) and other federal administrative regulations, such as the General Education Provisions Act (GEPA) and the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR).
Ms. Kesslar regularly serves as a keynote speaker on federal education grants compliance. Ms. Kesslar has developed and conducted trainings, webinars, and audio conferences on federal grants management and the fiscal and programmatic requirements of various federal programs. Ms. Kesslar also conducts mock monitoring and internal control reviews of State agencies, local educational agencies, institutions of higher education and nonprofits for fiscal and programmatic compliance with federal administrative requirements. Additionally, Ms. Kesslar serves on the Board of Directors for the National Grants Management Association.
Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Kesslar served as a law clerk at the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. Ms. Kesslar graduated cum laude from Clemson University and received her Juris Doctorate from the Catholic University Columbus School of Law. Ms. Kesslar is a member of the U.S. Supreme Court bar and the District of Columbia bar.
Monica Munin joined Brustein & Manasevit, PLLC in February 2017. Ms. Munin assists clients with compliance under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Ms. Munin actively represents charter schools located in the District of Columbia in due process litigation. In addition, Ms. Munin represents clients in matters related to the Office of Civil Rights.
Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Munin was a legal intern at Friendship Public Charter School where she assisted on special education due process cases and audited the charter school’s compliance with IDEA, which included developing strategies and tools to improve the school’s compliance. Ms. Munin was also a Judicial Intern at the Prince William County General District Courthouse and a legal intern at Workplace Fairness. During law school Ms. Munin was an accomplished Moot Court competitor and founding member of George Mason Law School’s Latino Law Student Association.
Ms. Munin graduated from George Washington University with a Bachelor’s Degree in International Affairs in 2010 and received her J.D. from George Mason University Law School in May 2016. Ms. Munin is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia. Ms. Munin is a native spanish speaker.