Juvenile Law Center

Executive Director
Deputy Director and Chief Counsel
Associate Director
Child Welfare Policy Director
Senior Supervising Attorney
Staff Attorney
Staff Attorney
Staff Attorney
Staff Attorney
Zubrow Fellow
Zubrow Fellow
Juvenile Life without Parole Fellow
Stoneleigh Emerging Leader Fellow
Development Associate
Litigation Paralegal
Development Associate
Youth Advocacy Program Manager
Marketing Manager and Digital Strategist
Development Director
Youth Advocacy Program Manager
Director of Communications
Director of Operations
Operations Manager
Co-Founder and Executive Director Emeritus

Jennifer Pokempner, Esq.

Child Welfare Policy Director

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. She co-authored with Professor Dorothy Roberts of the Northwestern School of Law an article entitled "Poverty, Welfare, and the Meaning of Disability," which appeared in the Spring 2001 issue of the Ohio State Law Review. 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.

As a law student, Jenny worked for Community Legal Services and Juvenile Law Center in Philadelphia. Ms. Pokempner is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and University of Pennsylvania Law School. At Juvenile Law Center, Jenny focuses on issues relating to teenagers and young adults who are in foster care and are transitioning out of the child welfare system. As well, Jenny is working on increasing the supports available for homeless teenagers.

Articles and Publications by Jennifer

Jennifer Pokempner, "Transition Planning for Youth with Disabilities from the Child Welfare System to Adulthood, 2nd Edition," 2015.

Jennifer Pokempner, Kacey Mordecai, Lourdes Rosado, Diyva Subrahmanyam, "Promoting Normalcy for Children and Youth in Foster Care," 2015.

Jennifer Pokempner, "Transition Planning for Youth with Disabilites in the Child Welfare System: Guides for Youth and Professionals," 2013.

Alice Bussiere, Jennifer Pokempner, and Jennifer Rodriguez, "Update: 'Fostering Connections to Success: Extending a Social Safety Net for Youths Facing Homelessness and Poverty,'" in Clearinghouse Review, Vol. 44, No. 11-12, March-April 2011.

American Bar Association Commission on Youth At Risk, "Charting a Better Future for Transitioning Foster Youth: A Report From a National Summit on the Fostering Connections Act (Chapter on 'Housing and Placement')," 2011.

Jennifer Pokempner, "Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act: Frequently Asked Questions on the Provisions Designed to Impact Older Youth and Young Adults," 2010.

Lucy Johnston-Walsh, Susan Kinnevy, Alan M. Lerner, Jennifer Pokempner, "Assessing the Quality of Child Advocacy in Dependency Proceedings in Pennsylvania," 2010.

American Bar Association Commission on Homelessness and Poverty and National Network for Youth, "Runaway and Homeless Youth and the Law: Model State Statutes" (Katie Meyer, Amy E. Horton-Newell, and Casey Trupin, eds.), 2009.

Alice Bussiere, Jennifer Pokempner, and Jennifer Rodriguez, "Fostering Connections to Success: Extending a Social Safety Net for Youths Facing Homelessness and Poverty," in Clearinghouse Review, July-August 2009.

Alice Bussiere, Jennifer Pokempner, and Jennifer Troia, "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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