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Dr. Elijah Anderson



Michael Caven


Phillip Cuffey



Kathleen Kirkpatrick, Esq.


Dr. Carlton Payne


Jennifer Pokempner, Esq.


Dr. Joseph Radelet



Jennie Sikes, Esq.


Colleen Williams


Dr. Jason Wingard




Jennifer Pokempner


Jenny Pokempner joined Juvenile Law Center in 2001 as a Skadden Fellow. She had previously served as a law clerk to the Honorable Andre M. Davis, District Court of Maryland. Ms. Pokempner has worked extensively with children in Baltimore, including at the Harlem Park Middle School, and for organizations such as Teach Baltimore. Prior to attending law school, Jenny worked as a paralegal in the child advocacy unit at the Legal Aid Bureau in Baltimore City. Ms. Pokempner is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and University of Pennsylvania Law School. She was recently awarded the distinguished young alumni award at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.


Jenny is now the Supervising Attorney for JLC’s Youth in Transition Project. She focuses on issues relating to teenagers and young adults who are transitioning out of the child welfare system. Jenny conducts trainings for older youth about their rights in the substitute care system and as they leave care. Jenny also runs a legal clinic at Covenant House of Pennsylvania, which is a shelter for homeless youth.

Jenny teaches Parent, Child, and the State at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Temple Law School. Jenny was the lead author of the following publications: DEPENDENT YOUTH AGING OUT OF FOSTER CARE IN PENNSYLVANIA: A JUDICIAL GUIDE (Pokempner and Rosado, 2003), KNOW YOUR RIGHTS: A GUIDE FOR YOUTH IN SUBSTITUTE CARE (KidsVoice, Pennsylvania Youth Advisory Board 2006); “Adolescents, the Foster Care System, and the Transition to Adulthood: What Legal Aid Lawyers Need to Know” in CLEARINGHOUSE REVIEW (July/August 2005).

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