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About Jalila Jefferson-Bullock

Jalila Jefferson-Bullock, a native of New Orleans, La., is an assistant professor at Duquesne University School of Law, where she teaches Constitutional Law. Jefferson-Bullock received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and American literature and language from Harvard College, Master of Arts in the humanities from the University of Chicago, and Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School. Prior to this appointment, Jefferson-Bullock taught Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure in Phoenix, Ariz., where she was an active member of the law school community. 

Jefferson-Bullock’s research interests include constitutional law, criminal law, criminal procedure, federal sentencing, legislation, and civil rights.  She has published scholarly articles on the politics of disaster in post-Katrina New Orleans, the effects of excessively long federal criminal sentences on families and communities, and compassionate release of terminally ill offenders.  Her most current work refocuses the discussion of various aspects of sentencing law and policy reform on the need to de-emphasize traditional incarceration, while exploring, establishing, and maintaining meaningful, guiding purposes in federal sentencing.  She has presented scholarly research at several conferences, and served on numerous research panels. 

Before embarking on her career in academia, Jefferson-Bullock enjoyed a varied law practice for 10 years.  She represented plaintiffs at a litigation boutique firm in California, and in large, national class action cases in Louisiana.  In 2005, she opened a successful practice with her sister, specializing in personal injury and general business advices matters.  She also served as a public defender in Orleans Parish Municipal Court, where she represented indigent criminal defendants, in matters ranging from simple misdemeanors to domestic violence.

Jefferson-Bullock believes strongly in public service. She was elected to the Louisiana State House of Representatives in 2003, where she represented a district in her home city of New Orleans.  Respected by her peers and House leadership, she was appointed to the powerful Appropriations Committee, which oversees the state’s budget. Post-Katrina, she was an outspoken champion for the rights of the displaced, most notably, the right to vote.

Jefferson-Bullock continues to serve her community.  Throughout her career, she has been appointed to numerous community boards and commissions and has received several awards and recognitions for community service. Most recently, Jefferson-Bullock was awarded the Living History Award in Phoenix for excellence in jurisprudence. She is a current member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Jack and Jill of America, Inc., and The Links, Inc.

Positions

Present Faculty Member, Duquesne University School of Law
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2017 Assistant Professor, Arizona Summit Law School
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