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Karen M. Selby

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Practice Areas

  • Employment Law
  • Family Law
  • Estate Administration
  • Estate Planning

Biography

As an attorney and former human resources professional, Karen M. Selby was a self-proclaimed "lawyer living in an HR world."  Karen has served as the regional manager for human resources for a major publicly traded utility where she directed four regional human resources offices with oversight responsibility for labor and employee relations matters, including internal investigations and union negotiations.  Karen also worked as the director of labor and employee relations for the largest mental health hospital in the State of New Jersey, where she was responsible for the grievance and disciplinary process and represented the facility in administrative law hearings and arbitrations.

For the bulk of her career, Karen served as a Deputy Attorney General for the State of New Jersey.  In this capacity, she represented the Governor's Office of Employee Relations in grievance arbitrations and Public Employment Relations Commission hearings.  She also maintained a prominent appellate caseload representing such entities as the Department of Personnel and the Department of Labor.

Before joining the Attorney General's Office, Karen worked as a Staff Attorney for Camden Regional Legal Services, where she defended the homeless and fought for the rights of Camden's most vulnerable citizens in family court.

Karen received her Juris Doctorate from Howard University School of Law.  She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers University.

Education

  • Howard University School of Law, Washington, District of Columbia
    • J.D.
  • Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts
    • Honors: With High Honors
    • Major: Political Science
    • Major: History
    • Major: Africana Studies

Bar Admission

  • New Jersey, 1996
  • District of Columbia, 2012
  • Maryland, 2018

Pro-Bono Activities

  • DC Bar Pro Bono Bankruptcy Clinic
  • Maryland Pro Bono Resource Center Estate Planning Clinic

Professional Associations

  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Maryland Bar Association

Past Positions

  • Pepco
  • State of New Jersey, Deputy Attorney General
  • Camden Regional Legal Services, Staff Attorney

Fraternities or Sororities

  • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.