Jennifer Rosen Valverde, Esq., M.S.W., is a Clinical Professor of Law in the Education and Health Law Clinic, and Legal Director of the H.E.A.L. (Health, Education, Advocacy & Law) Collaborative, a medical-legal-social work partnership and joint project with the Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences Outpatient Pediatrics Department. Professor Valverde co-teaches a course on Special Education Law and supervises law and master’s level social work students as they represent low-income parents of children with disabilities in special education and early intervention cases, and their families in a range of legal issues that adversely impact child and family health and well-being.
Before joining the Rutgers clinical faculty in 2001, Professor Valverde represented abused and neglected children as an Assistant Public Guardian in Cook County, Illinois, and infants and toddlers with disabilities as a staff attorney at the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Inc.
Professor Valverde frequently provides training across the State of New Jersey on the early intervention and special education systems, and cross-systems educational advocacy on behalf of children with disabilities in foster care. She has published on these and other topics and presented at local area and national conferences. Professor Valverde received her B.A. in sociology from Wesleyan University in Connecticut, and is a magna cum laude graduate of the Loyola University–Chicago Schools of Law and Social Work.