Jonathan Feldman

General Counsel

(518) 438-8046 ext. xxxx

Jonathan Feldman is General Counsel for PLS.  He worked for the Empire Justice Center for 24 years – as a Senior Attorney from 1997-2018, and as Legal Director from 2019-2022.  His primary focus has been civil rights, especially education law.  He has litigated impact cases in the areas of special education, bilingual education, school desegregation, and equitable school funding.  He has taught education law at Seton Hall Law School and the University of Rochester, and has co-authored two editions of the textbook, Education Law (Routledge: 2014 and 2021).

He has also taught legal ethics, legal writing, and clinical courses at Cornell Law School and Syracuse University College of Law.  During the 1990s, he worked for the Education Law Center in Newark, NJ, and the Community Service Society in New York City.  A graduate of Oberlin College and NYU Law School, he clerked for the Hon. James T. Giles, a federal district judge, and the first African American to be named partner at a major Philadelphia law firm (1975).

On the side, he plays in blues and jazz groups (piano and vocals).  Jonathan Feldman Trio on Spotify; Jonathan Feldman channel on YouTube.