Where are you from?
When did you join ArchCity Defenders? Why?
I taught high school in St. Louis and in the summer of 2013, when I was thinking about law school, I volunteered with ACD. I loved the work and after that I knew that it was what I wanted to do. I was fortunate to be able to join ACD once I graduated in from law school.
What is your background (work and education)?
Bachelors Degree in Art History, Criticism and Conversation from Fordham University in 2008 and a JD from the St. Louis University School of Law in 2017.
In between – worked as a case manager at The Center for Community Alternatives, as a math teacher in New Orleans, and as an English teacher in St. Louis.
What do you do at ArchCity Defenders?
Civil Rights/ Systemic Litigation
What words would you use to describe ArchCity Defenders?
Scrappy and client-centered.
Favorite client memory/win you’ve had?
Some of my favorite memories at ACD are driving through clients’ neighborhoods with them and learning, both good and bad, how these neighborhoods and the greater St. Louis region has shaped their lives. I’m constantly inspired by our clients’ optimism and hope despite tremendously difficult lived experiences.
Fun/personal fact you want to share.
I was the intramural ping pong champion of my high school.
Editor’s Note: Jack was also the winner of ACD’s inaugural staff-intern ping pong tournament in the summer of 2018. Unfortunately, he lost his title to an intern in 2019.