BACKGROUND & ACHIEVEMENTS OF ATTORNEY VARGAS
Attorney Jenny Vargas has an extensive background in the Family Law arena. Most notably, attorney Vargas has dedicated over eleven (11) years to this practice as a legal services attorney. Attorney Vargas is a managing attorney of Legal Advice & Trial or Resolution Associates, spearheading its Family Law department. Attorney Vargas is also a Certified Supreme Court Family Law Mediator. Additionally, Attorney Vargas is a joint founder of Hispano Collaborative Professionals, the nation's first Hispanic collaborative practice group. She currently serves as president-elect of Hispano Collaborative Professionals.
Prior to becoming admitted to the Florida Bar, attorney Vargas obtained a Masters in Child and Family Law from Loyola University School of Law in 2004. Attorney Vargas also obtained a concentration in Family Law and Law & Social Justice when she completed her Juris Doctorate degree from the State University at New York (SUNY) School of Law in 2001. During commencement at SUNY, attorney Vargas was presented with the Maurice Frey Award to recognize her as the only member in her graduating class whose academic performance in the area of Family Law was most exceptional. In her endeavor to become a holistic advocate, attorney Vargas, also obtained a Bachelors in Social Welfare from Adelphi University in 1998 and a Masters in Social Work from New York University in 2002.
Attorney Vargas is currently on the prestigious Florida Bar Standing Committee on Advertising, the General Magistrate Hearing Officer Committee of the Florida Bar, the Non-Attorney Professional Outreach Committe of the Florida Bar, the Domestic Violence Committee of the Florida Bar, the Rules and Forms Committee of the Florida Bar, the Continuing Legal Education Committee of the Florida Bar, the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee of the Florida Bar, and the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee of the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar. Attorney Vargas is also a member of the Hispanic National Bar Association, the Florida Bar Family Law Section, the Broward County Bar Association, Hispanic Lawyers Committee, the Orange County Bar Association Family Law Committee, the Hispanic Bar Association of Central Florida, the Broward County Hispanic Association, the Virgil Hawkins Florida Chapter National Bar Association, the Dade County Bar Association Family Law Committee, the Dominican Bar Association, the Paul C. Perkins Bar Association, the Collaborative Family Law Professionals of South Florida, the Collaborative Family Law Group of Central Florida, the Florida Academy of Collaborative Professionals, and the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals and the international Academy of Collaborative Professionals Uniform Collaborative Law Act Advisory Panel, just to name a few.
A graduate of the University of Virginia and the Florida State University College of Law, Valerie Dominique Blocker has practiced in the area of special education law for over a decade. Inspired by a passion to serve children in need, Valerie began her law practice as a legal services attorney by representing children with disabilities to ensure they receive an appropriate education and services through IEPs and 504 Plans.
Attorney Blocker has dedicated her legal career to representing students experiencing school issues due to disability, gender, race, behavioral issues, and academic issues. Attorney Blocker has advocated for these students to ensure they received the protections afforded to them under various state and federal laws, including the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the American with Disabilities Act.
In addition to representing students in academic and discipline matters, she has provided training and support to clients, community partners, and fellow private attorneys.
Attorney Blocker has also been very involved in School-to-Prison Pipeline advocacy. She has developed a training providing information to youth on how to safely navigate interactions with law enforcement and has also assisted juvenile offenders in expunging their records. Additionally, she has successfully negotiated numerous settlement agreements for clients and her advocacy has been responsible for systemic improvements in many school districts. As a result of her tenacious advocacy and knowledge of education laws, she has been able to make changes to discriminatory policies and procedures.
Attorney Blocker is an active member of the Florida Bar Educational Committee, the Council of Parents Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA), and several bar associations.
BACKGROUND & ACHIEVEMENTS OF ATTORNEY BLOCKER