Jennifer D. Oliva
Jennifer D. Oliva
Visiting Scholar
Spring 2019

Visiting Scholar

Jennifer D. Oliva joins the Petrie-Flom Center from the West Virginia University College of Law and School of Public Health, where she is an Associate Professor. In the College of Law, she teaches torts, evidence, and public health law courses and directs the Veterans Advocacy Clinic.

An honors graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, Professor Oliva was a Public Interest Law Scholar and served as Executive Notes & Comments Editor of The Georgetown Law Journal. Prior to attending Georgetown, Professor Oliva earned a Masters in Business Administration at Balliol College, Oxford University. She was elected as a Rhodes and Truman Scholar while a cadet at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Subsequent to attending law school, Professor Oliva served as a federal appellate law clerk to the Honorable Stephanie K. Seymour on the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and the Honorable Thomas L. Ambro on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Thereafter, she was appointed Deputy State Solicitor of the State of Delaware by then-Attorney General Beau Biden. Professor Oliva has worked in the appellate, white collar crime, and health/FDA law practice groups at national law firms and served as the General Counsel and Vice President of a regional behavioral health care company. She is United States Army veteran and admitted to the bar in Delaware, California, the District of Columbia, and West Virginia. She also is admitted to numerous United States district and appellate courts, including the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims and the United States Supreme Court.

Professor Oliva's professional memberships include the American Association of Law Schools (AALS), American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA), American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics (ASLME), American Public Health Association (APHA), The George Consortium, and the National Organization of Veterans Advocates (NOVA). She currently serves on the board of the ACLU of West Virginia. Her work has been published by or is forthcoming in the Duke Law Journal, Northwestern University Law Review, Ohio State Law Journal, North Carolina Law Review, George Mason Law Review, The Conversation, and the Oxford Human Rights Hub.

During her time at the Petrie-Flom Center, Professor Oliva will research a variety of works-in-progress, including articles entitled Waging Class Warfare: The Battle Against Privatization of the Veteran Health Care Delivery System, an article entitled Public Health Policing, a co-authored article entitled Regulating Expert Evidence, and an interdisciplinary, mixed-methods empirical project, entitled the Justice-Involved Veterans Research Study (JIVRS).