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Shelley Geballe, J.D., M.P.H.

Distinguished Senior Fellow

Shelley Geballe, J.D., M.P.H.

Attorney Geballe is the Distinguished Senior Fellow at CT Voices for Children. A Co-Founder of CT Voices, she served as Voices' President from its start in 1995 until October 2008. She also is a Lecturer in the Yale Medical School (Department of Epidemiology and Public Health) where she teaches a course in Health Disparities and a Clinical Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School where she co-teaches the Legislative Advocacy class.

Attorney Geballe's research and writing at CT Voices has focused on state and federal tax and budget policy, family economic security, child welfare and juvenile justice, children's health and mental health and K-12 education. She also currently serves in a number of appointed positions in the state, including the Advisory Committee of the Office of the Child Advocate and the Commission on Child Protection. She has been a consultant in a variety of international contexts, most recently about the non-profit sector at Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, China, on the HIV/AIDS law at the University of Pretoria in South Africa and public health law at the Union School of Public Health in Beijing, China.

Prior to co-founding CT Voices, Attorney Geballe practiced civil rights law, serving as counsel in a variety of federal class action cases, including representing the state's abused and neglected children in a systemic class action challenge to CT's foster care system, children with HIV/AIDS who were excluded from the New Haven public schools, women incarcerated in CT's prison system, and CT inmates living with HIV disease. She also taught Federal Civil Rights Practice at the University of Connecticut Law School. Her publications include Geballe, Gruendel, & Andiman (eds.), Forgotten Children of the AIDS Epidemic (Yale University Press, 1995).

For her work on behalf of CT's young people and their families, Attorney Geballe has been honored by many organizations including the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy (John Filer Award), the CT Bar Association, the CT Psychological Association, the National Association of Social Workers (CT Chapter), the National Organization for Women (CT Chapter), Casey Family Services, the CT Youth Service Association, the CT Association of Mental Health Clinics for Children, the CT Community Providers Association, the CT Probate Court Assembly, Gateway Community College, the Bridgeport Child Advocacy Coalition, and United Way of Greater New Haven.

Attorney Geballe received her law degree from Yale Law School (1976) and her public health degree from Yale Medical School (1995). She is married to Gordon T. Geballe, Associate Dean of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and they have three sons, three daughters-in-law, three grandsons and a granddaughter.