Jennifer Baum joined the St. John's Law School faculty in 2008 as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Legal Education and Director of the Child Advocacy Clinic. She became an Associate Professor in 2012 and currently teaches the Child Advocacy Clinic.
Professor Baum’s work focuses on low income children and families, child welfare, juvenile delinquency, and poverty law. She is the founder and director of the Foster Family Support Initiative, a Clinic project which seeks to reduce foster care placement disruptions and promote continuity of care. Professor Baum also co-founded and co-directs the Immigrant Children’s Justice Project, a collaboration between the Law School’s Child Advocacy Clinic and Catholic Charities Community Services, whose aim is to halt the deportation of New York State children to abusive parents abroad.
Before coming to St. John's, Professor Baum was a senior staff attorney at The Legal Aid Society’s Civil Law Reform Unit in New York. She also served in the Society’s Juvenile Rights Division, where she represented children in Family Court dependency, delinquency, and status offender proceedings, as well as in class actions and other impact litigation. Her law reform litigation resulted in the creation of a New York City Administrative Rule ensuring appropriate medical treatment for detained children. Professor Baum currently serves on the Mayor’s Advisory Committee on the Judiciary. She has testified about poverty law and child welfare issues on numerous occasions before the New York City Council and the New York State Assembly, and has presented before the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, the New York State Judicial Institute, the Association of American Law Schools, the National Association of Counsel for Children, and other national and local organizations.
Professor Baum graduated cum laude from Hunter College of the City University of New York in 1987, and with distinction from Brooklyn Law School in 1993. She is admitted to practice before the New York State bar, the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, and is a member of the New York State Bar Association, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, the American Bar Association, and the National Association of Counsel for Children.