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Denise Dimson Rekem
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With great dedication and passion, Judith Weinstock, Esq., has successfully advocated on behalf of individuals with special needs so they are provided the services, programming, special instruction, interventions, accommodations, and protections they are entitled to under the law.   An experienced attorney, Ms. Weinstock has practiced special education and special needs law since 2017.  Prior to that she practiced environmental law representing nonprofit organizations for seven years and was also a commercial litigation associate at the Philadelphia law firm of Cozen O’Conner.  


Ms. Weinstock is a graduate of Rutgers School of Law earning High Honors and was a judicial law clerk for the Honorable John J. Hughes (Ret.), Magistrate Judge, United States District Court, District of New Jersey, and the Honorable Gary S. Stein (Ret.), New Jersey Supreme Court.  


An educator herself, Ms. Weinstock was a Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor of Law at Rutgers School of Law-Newark, Environmental Law Clinic, and an Adjunct Instructor at Fairleigh Dickinson University.  She also served as the Interim Director of Environmental Law Programs, Center of Environmental Legal Studies, at Pace University School of Law in White Plains, New York.


Ms. Weinstock has twice attended Camp Sunshine, a retreat for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.  She has formed close relationships with families from diverse backgrounds working together to navigate the medical, educational and emotional challenges that come from having a child with a serious illness.  She also served as the Chairperson of the Community Partnership Committee for the Riverdale Nursery School and Family Center, a preschool committed to serving a diverse population including children with developmental delays.


Ms. Weinstock represents children and their families in the areas of special education, early intervention, transition, bullying, adult services, residential placements, and guardianships. 



  • New Jersey State Bar Association

  • New Jersey State Bar Association School Law Special Committee

  • New Jersey Special Education Practitioners Group

Community Activities


  • Volunteer Lawyers for Justice

  • Former Chairperson of the Community Partnership Committee for the Riverdale Nursery School and Family Center.

  • Volunteer, Conservative Synagogue Adath Israel of Riverdale, Green Infrastructure Project.

  • Former Member and Team Captain, Justice Stewart G. Pollock Environmental Inn of Court, 2014-2015

  • Judge, The Jeffrey G. Miller Pace National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition, 2010-2014

Bar Admissions


  • State of New Jersey

  • State of Pennsylvania

  • United States District Court, District of New Jersey

Presentations & Publications



  • “Navigating Autism Services and Interventions from EI to an IEP.”  Parent Connections Presentation, Navigating Autism. (March 23, 2023).

  • “Extended School Year (ESY) Services and Compensatory Education: What Parents Need to Know." Co-presenter Denise Rekem, Esq. ASAH Parent Advocacy Series (March 14, 2023).

  • “Navigating the IEP Process.” Virtual Special Needs Workshop. Navigating Autism. (October 20, 2022).

  • “Empowering Parents & Guardians to Effectively Advocate For Their School Age Children on the Autism Spectrum”, Co-presenter Denise Rekem, Esq. ASPEN’s Virtual Fall Conference, Autism Through the Lifespan. (October 24, 2021).

  • “A Legal Perspective: Students’ Rights to Special Education, Including Transition Services, The Importance of Measurable Goals and The Impact of Covid”, Co-presenter Denise Rekem, Esq., Pre-Employment Transition Service, Transition Tuesdays Webinar Series, National Center for Disability Education & Training, The University of Oklahoma (May 18, 2021)

  • “Preparing for the 2021-2022 School Year: IEPs, 504s, Assessments, Compensatory Education and the Continuing Impact of Covid-19”, Parles Rekem LLP Webinar (April 28, 29, May 13, and 17, 2021)

  • “The Rights of Students with Disabilities During Covid-19”, with Lisa Parles, Esq., The Alliance of Private Education Schools of New Jersey Webinar (November 10, 2020)

  • “Return To School-Special Education Update”, co-presenter Denise Rekem, Esq., Parles Rekem LLP Webinar (August 27, 2020)

  • ​​“Accessing Education Services During the Covid-19 Crisis”, co-presenter Denise Rekem, Esq. National Council on Severe Autism Webinar (April 14, 2020)

  • “Practical Strategies for Collaborating with Your School District to Develop An IEP That Appropriately Addresses Your Student’s Needs”, Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital, Hackensack Meridian Health, Hackensack New Jersey (October 17, 2019)

  • Created and presented an environmental clinical legal education-training program in Samara, Russia through the Office of Global Educational Programs, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, United States Department of State.  May 2004

  • Designed and taught environmental regulations course for students earning a Master of Science degree at Fairleigh Dickinson University, Teaneck, NJ. 2004-2005.​

  • Presented at New Jersey Environmental Summit, 2003.



  • Compensatory Education and the COVID-19 Pandemic," Denise Dimson Rekem, Judith Weinstock and Joanne Butler. New Jersey Lawyer Magazine, April 2022

  • “Need to Know:  Special Education Services During Covid-19 Q&A”,  Parles Rekem LLP Newsletter, August 2020.

  • “FAPE in the Time of Corona”, Parles Rekem LLP Newsletter/Website, August 2020.

  • "The Role of the Environmental Judiciary," Journal of Court Innovation, New York State Judicial Institute and Pace Law School, Vol. 3, No. 1, Winter 2010, Issue Editor.

  • GreenLaw, Journal of the Pace Environmental Law Program, Vol. 13, No. 2, Winter 2010, Editor.

  • Taking Action in New York on Climate Change: 2011 Update Report, The Current Status of the Recommendations Proposed in the 2009 Report by the New York State Bar Association’s (NYSBA) Task Force on Global Warming, prepared for the NYSBA January 2011, submitted to the New York State Climate Action Council, Co-editor.

2010 - present

2010 - present

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