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Walter A. Jean-Jacques, MSSP’17

  • JD Candidate

Walter Anthony Jean-Jacques is from Newark, New Jersey and an alumnus of Columbia University and University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice with a Bachelor of Arts degree in African-American Studies with Honors and Political Science and Master of Science in Social Policy. While at Columbia, Walter interned with the National Urban League, Brennan Center for Justice, African American Policy Forum, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, and United States House of Representatives. After graduating from Columbia University, Walter was a 6th grade English and Social Studies Teacher for Baltimore City Public Schools, Criminal Defense and Civil Litigation Paralegal for Gerald B. Lefcourt P.C., and K-12 and Early Education Policy Intern for The Century Foundation. While completing his Master of Science in Social Policy degree at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice, Walter was a Graduate Public Policy Fellow for Philadelphia City Council. Currently, Walter will be graduating from Notre Dame Law School in May 2020.

While at Notre Dame, Walter was a National Lawyers Guild Haywood Burns Fellow and Equal Justice America Fellow at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. during the summer after his first year of law school. The following summer, Walter served as a summer law clerk at the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Alabama in their Children Rights Department. Additionally, Walter serves on the Board of Directors and National Advisory Committee of Equal Justice Works.  Walter recently won a Bank of America Foundation Fellowship to work on racial justice litigation pertaining to Education, Criminal Justice Reform, Political Participation, and Economic Justice at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. in Washington, D.C. He will begin his post-graduation Bank of America Foundation Fellowship after graduating from Notre Dame Law School. After his fellowship, Walter will be clerking for Judge Victor A. Bolden of the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut.

While at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice, I was able to obtain data analysis, policy advocacy, legislation writing, and social policy economic skills through my course load as a Master of Science in Social Policy student. The workload has helped me with the rigor of law school so far, especially with having the opportunity to take a course at Penn Law School through one of my electives last year as a MSSP student. Also, it allowed me to have a skill set, which separated me from other candidates to obtain my upcoming position as a legal intern for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.

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