Jey Rajaraman has over 18 years of experience and commitment to promoting access to justice for families and children. Most recently she served as a management consultant at the newly created Family Integrity and Justice Works (FIJW) at Public Knowledge. She was Chief Counsel of the Family Representation Project at Legal Services of New Jersey (LSNJ) and before that worked in the Office of the Public Defender.
Jey's entire career and much of her non-career life has been dedicated to eliminating justice gaps for families and children that live in poverty in New Jersey and across the nation. Throughout the years, she has litigated on behalf of parents and children in the child welfare field, established antiracism initiatives to reduce racial disparities in state systems while managing a multidisciplinary team of attorneys, social workers, and parent allies.
Jey has filed numerous emergent appellate applications and has had the opportunity to argue before the Appellate Division and the New Jersey Supreme Court. Additionally, she was the co-chief section counsel of LSNJ's Youth Law Project, which provides legal advice and information to New Jersey youth. As part of her work at LSNJ, she argued before the New Jersey Supreme Court and co-authored several of LSNJ's amicus briefs, such as in DCF v. S.C.
In addition to direct client work, Jey has written articles related to child welfare, poverty, and racism intersections with child welfare and foster youth issues for the public (Looking Out) and a legal services community publication (LSNJ Report). She teaches appellate advocacy at Seton Hall Law School as an adjunct professor. A graduate of Mount Holyoke College, Jey received her JD from Seton Hall University School of Law.