About Jennifer

When you need a family law attorney, you need someone who understands. You need someone who cares. You need a strong advocate. Helping people is my life’s work. I am devoted to helping you comprehend, confront and resolve your legal challenges.

Education

Temple University Beasley School of Law
Philadelphia, PA
J.D. 2006

University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
M.S.W. 2003

Pennsylvania State University
State College, PA
B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies 2001

Bar Admissions

United States Supreme Court

Pennsylvania

Work Experience

Berner Klaw & Watson LLP/Berner & Klaw
Philadelphia, PA 2015-Present

Practice includes all aspects of family law in Pennsylvania, including custody, child support, divorce, domestic violence, grandparent disputes, health care directives, LGBTQ families, order modifications, paternity, parental relocation and spousal support.

The Law Offices of Jennifer Dumin
Philadelphia, PA 2013-2015

Practice included all aspects of family law in Pennsylvania, including custody, child support, divorce, domestic violence, grandparent disputes, health care directives, LGBTQ families, order modifications, paternity, parental relocation and spousal support.

District Council 33 Legal Services Plan
Philadelphia, PA 2006-2013

Maintained an independent caseload of 275-315 clients with a variety of issues, such as divorce, child custody, child support, domestic violence, adoption, wills and health care directives. Handled all aspects of case management, such as interviewing and advising clients, developing case theory, researching legal issues, preparing documents, responding to discovery requests, negotiating and drafting agreements and representing clients at conferences, master’s hearings and trials.

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, Civil Division, First Judicial District
Philadelphia, PA 2006-2007

Conducted legal research, drafted memoranda, orders and opinions in civil matters, including medical malpractice, product liability, automobile accidents and defamation. Advised supervising judge on the Pennsylvania Rules of Evidence and the Medical Care Availability and Reduction of Error (MCARE) Act. Assisted in jury selection process.

Internships

Center for Lesbian and Gay Civil Rights
Philadelphia, PA 2004

Legal Clinic Advocate. Conducted intake interviews with clients and assessed merits of potential cases. Performed legal research on topics such as second parent adoption, employment discrimination and name and gender changes. Assisted in case preparation and drafted legal documents.

Temple University Law Education and Participation Program (LEAP)
Philadelphia, PA 2004

Instructor. Prepared and delivered classes on restorative justice and trial skills in order to prepare Philadelphia public high school students to participate as “attorneys” in alternative disciplinary programs known as “teen courts” in their schools, in which alleged offenders are put on trial before a jury of their peers.

ACLU of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 2002-2003

Legislative Intern. Wrote briefs on legislative policy issues for distribution to elected officials. Prepared and delivered to legislators in Harrisburg information on issues such as criminal justice, death penalty, discrimination, freedom of speech, LGBT rights, privacy rights, reproductive freedoms and voting rights.

University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 2001-2003

Graduate Associate. Counseled students on balancing educational objectives with personal needs. Organized various educational, cultural, and recreational programs for students, faculty and staff.

The Center for Family Services
Camden, NJ 2001-2002

Advocate for Services Empowering Rape Victims (SERV). Provided counseling and support to victims of sexual assault. Created and presented programs on abuse, domestic violence and acquaintance rape in various settings including primary schools, colleges, detention centers and religious institutions.

Social Worker for HomeBase. Provided individual and group therapy for 16-19 year-old clients. Taught life-skills such as managing anxiety, building healthy relationships and general social skills.

Bar Association Activities

Member, Pennsylvania Bar Association, Family Law Section

Member, Philadelphia Bar Association, Family Law Section

Lectures / Trainings / Consulting / Publications

Gender Markers Still Miss the Mark
The Legal Intelligencer (online Family Law column, October 2016)

What Is My Date Of Marriage? (co-presenter)
The Nicholas Cipriani American Inn of Court (September 2016)

What Did I Commit to:  A Celebration or a Marriage?
The Legal Intelligencer (online Family Law column, September 2015)

Paternity and Parentage in Same-Sex Marriages
Jennifer Dumin, Lisa Shapson
The Legal Intelligencer (Family Law Supplement, July 2015)

“Superstition-Based Injustice in Africa and the United States: The Use of Provocation as a Defense for Killing Witches and Homosexuals”
Wisconsin Women’s Law Journal 2006

Boards / Memberships / Community Service

Volunteer Lawyer, Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program

Director of ALLIES, Pennsylvania State University

Mentor, Philadelphia Graduation Coach Campaign

Peer Reviewer, McGill Law Review

Awards

PA Super Lawyer: Rising Stars Edition 2016-2017*
Super Lawyers®, part of Thomson Reuters

Pro Bono Roll of Honor 2015, 2016 (exemplary pro bono work)
First Judicial District of Pennsylvania

Henry J. Richardson III Award 2006 – International Human Rights
Temple University Beasley School of Law

Ruth Bader Ginsburg “Pursuit of Justice” Writing Competition Award 2006
Philadelphia Bar Association

*Chosen by nominations from PA Lawyers, research of periodicals, databases and interviews. All nominees’ background and experience are researched as well.