Valerie, Director of the Evelyn Frank Legal Resources Program (EFLRP), also directed the program at Selfhelp Community Services, Inc. from 2002 through its move to NYLAG in April 2013. EFLRP is a comprehensive legal services program that advocates for access to long-term care and other health care services for seniors and people with disabilities through a combination of direct representation, policy advocacy, professional legal education, and online resources through the website NYHealthAccess.org. Earlier, Valerie was a litigator and trainer on Medicaid long term care  for  the Legal Aid Society Brooklyn Office for the Aging and Legal Services for the Elderly in Manhattan (part of Legal Services-NYC) and was a Reginald Heber Smith Fellow at the Legal Aid Society in Minneapolis. She lectures and writes extensively for bar and social services organizations,  has taught adjunct courses at CUNY and Fordham law schools, and has received numerous awards, including the Lawyers who Lead by Example Award from the New York Law Journal (2012), the Felix A. Fishman Award for Extraordinary Advocacy from New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (2011), the President’s Award from the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (2010) and the Access to Justice Award of Project FAIR (2010). She is Co-Chair of the Medicaid Committee of the New York State Bar Association Elder Law Section, and served on the Board of Neighbors Together in Brooklyn. She received her law degree from the New York University School of Law.