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Jason Fortenberry, Of Counsel

 

As a dedicated civil rights attorney, Jason focuses his practice in the area of Special Education and disability law.  Jason’s passion for helping children and parents motivated his decision to change careers and dedicate himself to empowering his clients to succeed in the Special Education process.  His goal is to give children and parents a voice in what can otherwise be a challenging and confusing process.  Jason’s representation serves as a consistent reminder of the congressional mandate for meaningful parental participation because parents are experts when it comes to their own child.  They may not be able to make a diagnosis, but they are the only ones who can tell if the education plan is working or workable.  Jason strives in his practice to ensure that parents not only have a seat at the IEP table, but also a voice.


Accomplishments

Education

  • J.D., Rutgers University School of Law - Camden
  • B.S., Management Information Systems, University of Alabama

Court Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • Supreme Court of New Jersey
  • District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • Third Circuit Court of Appeals

Experience

Jason’s special education career began out of law school when he served for three years as a staff attorney for the New Jersey Office of Administrative Law.  In this capacity, Jason provided recommendations for case dispositions in special education matters.  With this training and perspective into the judicial decision-making process, Jason moved into active litigation as an attorney for the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia (PILCOP).  At PILCOP, Jason was a very well-respected attorney for individual parents and children involved in Special Education disputes.  He maintains a commitment to public service as demonstrated by his extensive history of community involvement, including his efforts to establish a Human Relations Commission in Conshohocken, where he continues to serve as a commissioner to assist in dealing with discrimination.

Jason graduated from Rutgers School of Law where he was an aspiring public servant. He served as a Marshall-Brennan Fellow, taught a course in Constitutional Law at Camden High School, and was a weekly financial literacy tutor at Hopeworks ‘N Camden.  Jason was a recipient of the Mary Philbrook Public Interest Award.

As a law student, Jason served as a summer intern for the Honorable Marlene F. Lachman of the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County and as a judicial extern for the Honorable Gloria M. Burns, Chief Judge, United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey. Prior to finding his calling as a Special Education attorney, Jason worked for several years in the information technology field following his undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama.

Jason lives with his wife Carolyn, a therapist with Life Counseling Services, and their son in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania.

Honors

Rutgers University School of Law - Camden
  •       Mary Philbrook Student Public Interest Award
  •       Dean’s Pro Bono Publico Award for Exceptional Service
  •       Leonard Zack Award for Academic Achievement

Professional Affiliations

  • Commissioner - Human Relations Commission in Conshohocken, PA
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