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Jennifer M. Gilroy Ruiz

New York City Law Department
Deputy Chief, Family Court Division
New York, NY, USA

Jennifer Gilroy Ruiz is Deputy Chief of the NYC Law Department’s Family Court Division.  Ms. Gilroy Ruiz oversees the operations of the Division’s Juvenile Delinquency and Interstate Child Support Units in the family courts located in the five boroughs of New York City.  She manages a staff of more than 100 lawyers, support professionals and students.  In addition, Ms. Gilroy Ruiz works closely with state and city agencies that affect the practice of the Division.  These agencies include NYC Department of Probation, Administration for Children’s Services, Mental Health Services, and Police Department; NYS Office of Child Support Enforcement and Office of Children and Family Services and several non-governmental and community based organizations.  Ms. Gilroy Ruiz oversees the training in the Division and also conducts trainings of lawyers and support staff.  She has also lectured at the County Attorneys Association of NY (CAASNY); the New York Prosecutor’s Training Institute (NYPTI) the New York State Judicial Training institute; Practising Law Institute  (PLI) and the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Prior to her current position Ms. Gilroy Ruiz served for 9 years as the Borough Chief of the Queens office of the Family Court Division of the New York City Law Department.  Ms. Gilroy Ruiz has also served as an Assistant District Attorney in Kings County, an Assistant Corporation Counsel and as a Court Attorney to a Family Court Judge.

Ms. Gilroy Ruiz has also served as an officer in the Queens County Bar Association where she was Vice President in 2015.  She oversaw the Juvenile Justice Committee and has served on the Judiciary, New Member and Academy of Law committees of the Bar Association.  Ms. Gilroy Ruiz is a graduate of St. Francis College and St. John’s University School of Law and she has worked an adjunct professor at both the undergraduate and law school levels.


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