Jennifer Oliva, DE 95, Selected as 2019 Skelton Award Winner

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The Truman Foundation will present the 2019 Skelton Award to 1995 Delaware Scholar, Jennifer Oliva, in a ceremony during the opening week of Truman Summer Institute in June, 2019. 

Jennifer OlivaJennifer D. Oliva is an Associate Professor at West Virginia University in the College of Law and School of Public Health. In the College of Law, she teaches torts, evidence, and public health law courses and directs the Veterans Advocacy Clinic. Professor Oliva was selected as the College of Law’s Professor of the Year in 2018.  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, among other things, 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 current serves on the board of the ACLU of West Virginia. Her work has been published by or is forthcoming in the Northwestern University Law Review, the Ohio State Law Journal, the North Carolina Law Review, the George Mason Law Review, the West Virginia Law Review, The Conversation, and the Oxford Human Rights Hub. Professor Oliva will spend the Spring 2019 as a visiting research scholar at The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School.