Jonathan Feldman is a Visiting Clinical Professor, who will direct the Cornell Legal Aid Clinic in the fall of 2013. He has 25 years of legal experience, 23 of them as a public interest lawyer. After graduating from Oberlin College and New York University School of Law, he served as a law clerk to the Hon. James T. Giles, a federal district court judge in Philadelphia. He then worked for the Education Law Center in Newark, New Jersey, and the Community Service Society in New York City, focusing on impact litigation concerning civil rights, including equitable school funding and voting rights.
Since 1997, he has worked in the Rochester office of the Empire Justice Center. At Empire Justice, he concentrates largely on special education cases and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) cases, on behalf of individual clients and in systems-change litigation. Notable cases include class action lawsuits against the Rochester City School District and the Greece Central School District, brought on behalf of all students with disabilities in those districts.
In addition to practicing civil rights law, he has taught and published in the field. In 2007, he served as a visiting assistant professor at Syracuse University College of Law, where he was acting director of the Disability Rights Clinic. He has also taught Education Law as an adjunct professor, both at Seton Hall University School of Law, and more recently at the University of Rochester's Graduate School of Education. He has published several law review articles, which have appeared in such journals as Rutgers Law Journal and California Law Review. He is a co-author of Education Law (Fifth Edition), a textbook which is scheduled to be published in September of 2013.