Shelley Geballe, J.D., M.P.H.
Distinguished Senior Fellow
Attorney Geballe is the Distinguished Senior Fellow at Connecticut 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 an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Yale School of Public Health (where she teaches courses in Public Health Law and Health Disparities and directs the Health Policy Practicum) and a Clinical Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School where she co-teaches the Legislative Advocacy Clinic.
Over her time with CT Voices, Attorney Geballe's research and writing has focused on state and federal tax and budget policy, family economic security, child welfare and juvenile justice, and children's health and mental health. She has served in a number of appointed positions in the state, including currently the Advisory Committee of the Office of the Child Advocate. She has been a consultant in a variety of international contexts (e.g., on the non-profit sector at Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, China, on HIV/AIDS law at the University of Pretoria in South Africa, and on 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 with the Connecticut ACLU, 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 Connecticut Public Health Association (C-E. A. Winslow Award), the CT Bar Association, American Academy of Pediatrics - Connecticut Chapter, 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 Geballe, Associate Dean and Lecturer at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and they have three sons, three daughters-in-law, five grandsons and two granddaughters.