Joy B. Tolliver, celebrated as a Diverse Attorney of the Year by the New Jersey Law Journal, brings over 15 years of expertise in Labor and Employment Law and School Law to her role as a seasoned litigator and Of Counsel to the Souder, Shabazz, and Woolridge law group. Her distinguished career includes a tenure at Weiner Lesniak, where she represented both public and private K-12 schools and municipalities, advising on various education and labor/employment issues. Joy’s commitment extended to higher education, serving as General Counsel and Vice President for colleges and universities in New York and New Jersey.

An accomplished educator, Joy has imparted her knowledge at the graduate and undergraduate levels for over a decade and is currently an Adjunct Professor at Rutgers Law School. Recognizing the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion, she founded Solutions for Antiracism, Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity (SADIE), LLC, a consulting firm that fosters inclusive organizational cultures.

Joy’s voice resonates beyond the courtroom as a prominent public speaker and panelist at various professional, academic, and community events. Her academic journey began at Dwight-Englewood School, followed by earning her Bachelor of Science in Psychology, cum laude, from Fordham University, with a minor in Spanish. She then achieved her Juris Doctor from Rutgers Law School.

Actively involved in shaping the future of higher education, Joy serves on the Executive Board of Trustees at Houghton University as Chair of the Enrollment Committee and Assistant Board Secretary. She also contributes to her alma maters, participating in the Alumni Advisory Council at Fordham University and co-chairing the Alumnae Advisory Board at Rutgers Law School.