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Jennifer M. Fernandez

Clinical Supervisor and Lecturer

Jennifer Fernandez

Jennifer Fernandez is the Clinical Supervisor and Lecturer in the Civil Practice Clinic.  She teaches and supervises students as they develop core lawyering skills through direct representation of clients from underserved communities in a range of civil litigation matters in state and federal court. 

Before coming to Penn Law, she served as a staff attorney at Queens Legal Services in the Domestic Violence Family Law Advocacy Project and the Tenants Rights Coalition; and at Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem in the Civil Defense Practice.  She has represented individual and group clients in a variety of complex, urgent legal proceedings involving prevention of eviction for families; affirmative litigation for tenant building services; preservation of public benefits and housing; collateral consequences of criminal proceedings; and custody, child support, divorce, and family offense proceedings for survivors of domestic violence.  She clerked for Judge Lawrence H. Ecker of the New York State Supreme Court, Ninth Judicial District.  She has also served as a law clerk at a Manhattan-based employment law firm. 

Her areas of legal expertise and interest include civil litigation, housing law, family law, matrimonial law, education law, and employment law. Continue reading…

Expertise

  • Public Interest

Research Areas

  • Access to Justice

Positions

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Queens College- City University of New York, Department of Sociology (2016-Present)

Staff Attorney, Queens Legal Services (2016-2018)

Assistant Law Clerk to Hon. Lawrence H. Ecker, New York State Supreme Court, Ninth Judicial District (2015-2016)

Staff Attorney, Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem (2013-2015)

New York City Department of Education Special Education Teacher (2007-2010)

Coro Fellow in Public Affairs (2006-2007)

Courses

  • Civil Practice Clinic (Penn Law)
  • Sociology of Law (Queens College-City University of New York)
  • Criminal Justice (Queens College-City University of New York)
  • Sociological Theory (Queens College-City University of New York)

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