• Invited by DADS to participate as a member of its regulatory Work Group convened to retool the regulations associated with Medicaid bed allocations in Texas, 2010-Present.
• Selected as Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, a philanthropic organization dedicated to supporting programs that encourage fair and equal justice, ethical practice of law, and legal assistance for needy and underserved populations in Texas, 2010-Present.
• Named "Rising Star" by Texas Monthly Magazine in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 (associated with the annual "Super Lawyers" edition).
• Graduate of the Power Pipeline program, 2008 (associated with Leadership Texas, a program of the Foundation for Women’s Resources, the longest-running leadership program for women in the U.S.).
Jennifer's practice focuses on assisting builders, developers and operators of nursing homes in Texas who need help navigating issues related to licensure and certification of their new development projects. Working on a daily basis with representatives of the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services ("DADS"), Jennifer enjoys opportunities to facilitate clients’ needs by working with, not against, the Department and its staff members in the spirit of cooperation and mutual resolution.
This most often includes Medicaid bed waivers (applications and oppositions), transactions involving the sale and purchase of Medicaid beds, high occupancy increases, low occupancy decertifications and replacement requests, bed assignments and changes in floor plans, as well as regulatory deadlines associated with new construction. Jennifer is honored to have been invited by DADS to participate as a member of the State’s regulatory Work Group convened in 2010-2013 and again in 2015 to help develop ongoing regulatory changes to the Medicaid bed rules.
• 2015-Present - Facilitator for The Institute for Racial Sobriety, certified to conduct "Racial Sobriety" workshops for schools, churches, civic groups, etc. that wish to improve racial harmony awareness and accountability in their communities.
• 2005–Present - Board Member, Executive Committee Member, and Treasurer for the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition. TCJC was recognized by Philanthropedia’s national panel of more than 100 industry experts as a "2011 Top Non-Profit" among other non-profits around the country for the success and relevance of TCJC’s criminal justice reform efforts. TCJC is dedicated to fair and equal treatment for all people affected by the Texas youth and adult criminal justice systems, with an emphasis on policy reform, legislative action, and community-based programs to aid and empower individuals and families who are most often disenfranchised or disproportionately impacted by the current youth and adult systems. For more information about TCJC’s award-winning efforts and initiatives, please visit www.criminaljusticecoalition.org
• 2011-2016 - Volunteer within the juvenile justice system working with incarcerated youth.
• 2005-2011 - Member of the Certification Committee for the Southwest Minority Supplier Development Council; this committee meets monthly to review applications by minority-owned businesses in central, south and southwest Texas who want to participate in the business sector as an entity formally certified by the SMSDC. For more information, visit http://smsdc.org
• Texas, 2000
• B.S., Biology, University of Houston, 1994
• M.S., Cellular and Molecular Biology, University of Houston, 1997
Master’s Thesis: The Effects of Dissociation on Neural Specification and Determination
in Xenopus Ectoderm
• J.D., cum laude, University of Houston, 2000
Journal of International Law
Order of the Barons
Dean’s scholarship 1997-2000
Instructor for Kaplan’s LSAT preparation course 1998-2000