Walter Anthony Jean-Jacques is a Notre Dame Public Interest Law Fellow at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund in Washington, D.C. where he focuses on racial justice litigation. After his fellowship, he will be clerking in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut in 2022. Mr. Jean-Jacques is a graduate of Notre Dame Law School. While at Notre Dame, he served as the President of the Black Law Students Association, Vice President of Notre Dame’s Exoneration Project, Co-Director of GALILEE: Group Alternative Live-In Legal Education Program, and Co-Director of the inaugural Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the Student Bar Association.
Mr. Jean-Jacques is a recipient of the David T. Link Award for outstanding service in the field of social justice, which is given to a graduating student of Notre Dame Law School. He is an Advisory Board Member of the Klau Center for Civil and Human Rights at the University of Notre Dame. Mr. Jean-Jacques is a recipient of the Equal Justice America and National Lawyers Guild Haywood Burns Fellowships. He worked at the Southern Poverty Law Center, Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, and NAACP Legal Defense Fund during law school.
Mr. Jean-Jacques served on the National Advisory Committee of Equal Justice Works representing the Midwest region from July 2018 to June 2020.
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.