Walter Anthony Jean-Jacques is a second-year law student at the University of Notre Dame Law School. He serves as the President of the Black Law Students Association, Vice-President of Notre Dame’s Exoneration Project, and Co-Director of GALILEE: Group Alternative Live-In Legal Education Program. Following his first year of law school, Walter was an Equal Justice America Fellow and National Lawyers Guild – Haywood Burns Fellow at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. in New York City, where he assisted attorneys on issues pertaining to school segregation, affirmative action, and immigration. Walter is also an incoming Spring Law Clerk at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, and Summer Legal Intern at the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Alabama. He also serves on the National Advisory Committee of Equal Justice Works.
Prior to law school, Walter worked for the National Urban League, African American Policy Forum, Brennan Center for Justice, Congressman Donald Payne Jr. through the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, The Century Foundation, and Philadelphia City Council. He has authored articles focused on school discipline policies and affirmative action.
He has a B.A. in Political Science and African American Studies with Honors from Columbia University, and M.S. in Social Policy from the University of Pennsylvania.