Jennifer Solidum Rose

  • Lecturer in Law


  • JD UCLA School of Law


Jennifer Solidum Rose has worked tirelessly as an advocate and attorney to address the intersections of gender-based violence, civil and immigrant rights and other social justice issues for over twenty years. As the Gender Equity Specialist at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, she provides advocacy, consultation and training for students, staff and faculty with respect to gender discrimination and gender violence, including sexual harassment, sexual violence, and stalking on campus, and is also responsible for implementing policy and procedures regarding issues of compliance and safety. Since 2004, Ms. Rose has also taught the Family Law Clinic at the William S. Richardson School of Law where she focuses on domestic violence and civil issues. For this work, she received the “Adjunct Professor of the Year” award in 2005 and 2006, and in 2011, she was also honored by the law school’s Advocates For Public Interest Law organization as the recipient of the inaugural “Advocates for Public interest Law Faculty Award” for her commitment and work in supporting public interest law through her clinic and extracurricular programming for law students.

Ms. Rose began her legal work on social justice issues as a law student at UCLA School of Law, where she developed culturally specific “know your rights” workshops for Head Start mothers and pregnant and parenting teenagers regarding paternity, family law issues, and domestic violence. She is now a national trainer and consultant on domestic violence, family law, and cultural sensitivity issues in serving survivors of abuse, and has been asked to speak at local and national events and conferences regarding gender violence issues. Since 2007,

Ms. Rose has also served as faculty for the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges where she has provided national judicial training on civil protection order and custody/visitation issues as they intersect with domestic violence. In 2008, she was selected as faculty for the American Judges Association. Ms. Rose has also co-authored a chapter in the textbook, Social Work with Immigrants and Refugees: Legal Issues, Clinical Skills and Advocacy (2008), addressing clinical and legal issues for social workers and advocates who serve newcomers and immigrants experiencing sexual violence, human trafficking and intimate partner abuse.

A long-time consultant for Futures Without Violence (formerly “Family Violence Prevention Fund”), Ms. Rose currently serves on their national advisory committee to advance sound policy on gender violence on college campuses. Funded by AVON Foundation, the project seeks to develop a model policy addressing the intersections of sexual violence, stalking, and domestic and dating violence. Previous projects with Futures Without Violence include technical assistance for the United States Pacific Territories towards addressing domestic and sexual violence in Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and American Samoa.

Ms. Rose’s community work is currently focused on increasing linguistic and cultural access for immigrant populations and community-driven preventative strategies for changing social norms regarding sexual violence and intimate partner abuse. She assisted in the legislative policy effort to create a state law on language access and she is a volunteer for the Hawaii Immigrant Justice Center at Legal Aid Society of Hawaii and Kokua Kalihi Valley Comprehensive Health Clinic. Through her participation as a board member of Hawaii Women Lawyers, Ms. Rose has developed and facilitates community service projects that provide training and awareness on gender violence, civil legal issues and access to justice for marginalized populations. Ms. Rose also sits on the Judiciary's Committee on Equality and Access to the Courts and the Hawai‘i State Commission on Access to Justice's "Overcoming Barriers to Access" committee, and chairs the Diversity, Equality and Access to the Law Committee of the Hawai‘i State Bar Association. She is also an active member of the advisory board of National Asian Pacific Islander Institute on Domestic Violence.

Ms. Rose is a former director at the Domestic Violence Action Center in Hawai‘i where she worked from 1997-2007, first as a managing attorney, and later as a director of community engagement programs to increase access for immigrant and marginalized populations. While there, she founded one of the country’s few culturally-based intervention efforts supporting the leadership of Filipino survivors of intimate partner abuse and creating community ownership of intimate partner abuse.

For her advocacy supporting and advancing gender equity for future generations, Ms. Rose was recognized by The Patsy Takemoto Mink Education Foundation for Low-Income Women and Children and the Hawai‘i State Senate and House of Representatives in March 2012. Ms. Rose also received the Hawaii State Bar Association’s 2011 “Champion of Social Justice”, recognizing courageous work towards social justice in the face of public controversy, for her advocacy on access to justice issues and gender violence and discrimination, and she was honored by the Honolulu City and County’s Committee on the Status of Women, naming her one of “Honolulu’s Most Inspiring Women” of 2011. In 2006, she was awarded the Hawai‘i Women Legal Foundation’s “Rhoda Lewis Award” for outstanding public interest work for a female lawyer.

Ms. Rose is licensed to practice law in Hawai‘i and California.