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Team

 

Leadership

Jennifer Bennett, Esq.

Jennifer Bennett, Esq.

Board of Directors

Public Justice

Jennifer Bennett is a Staff Attorney at Public Justice, a national public interest law firm dedicated to combatting social and economic injustice through high-impact litigation. Jennifer litigates precedent-setting appeals challenging predatory corporate conduct and government abuses. Her practice involves a wide range of issues, including civil rights, workers’ rights, consumer protection, court secrecy, and forced arbitration. Jennifer has briefed and argued cases in state and federal appellate courts across the country. Her recent work includes a First Circuit victory on behalf of truck drivers fighting forced arbitration, a Fifth Circuit victory on behalf of a father killed by Texas jailers, and a Ninth Circuit victory challenging corporations’ ability to seal court records that might reveal misconduct or even dangerous product defects that could threaten public safety. Jennifer earned her J.D. from Yale Law School and her B.A. summa cum laude from Yale University. She clerked for the Honorable Marsha Berzon of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the Honorable Jesse Furman of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, and the Honorable Vince Chhabria of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Craig Briskin, Esq.

Craig Briskin, Esq.

Senior Counsel

Craig Briskin is Senior Counsel at Justice Catalyst Law, where he focuses on innovative approaches to antitrust law to empower underserved people and promote more just and equitable markets. Before joining JCL, Craig was a partner with Mehri & Skalet in Washington, D.C., where he litigated antitrust and consumer protection class actions. Craig is a graduate of Harvard Law School, and he is admitted to practice in New York, Massachusetts and the District of Columbia.

Jessenia Class

Jessenia Class

Operations & Program Associate

Jessenia Class is an Operations & Program Associate at Justice Catalyst Law. Jessenia graduated from Harvard College with an A.B. degree in Psychology and English, a certificate in Latin American Studies, and a citation in Spanish. Prior to Justice Catalyst Law, she worked as a research assistant in both the Access to Justice Lab at Harvard Law School and the Cushman and Greene Moral Psychology Lab at Harvard University as well as interned at the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey. 

Lindsay Cornelio

Lindsay Cornelio

Director of Operations

Lindsay Cornelio is the Director of Operations at Justice Catalyst Law. Prior to joining JCL, Lindsay was a community center director with the Coalition for Hispanic Family Services. Lindsay received her master’s degree in Global Affairs from New York University, where she conducted research on the psychosocial dynamics of gentrification in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Lindsay was also a project consultant at the United Nations Women, the Peace Project Inc. and New York University. Prior to receiving her M.S., Lindsay spent several years as an ESL teacher in Argentina and Chile, as well as in the U.S.

Benjamin Elga, Esq.

Benjamin Elga, Esq.

Executive Director

 

Benjamin Elga is the founding Executive Director of Justice Catalyst and Justice Catalyst Law, where he works on a wide array of projects, with a focus on impact litigation and innovation in legal practice. Previously, Ben worked to bring antitrust and consumer class actions at Cuneo Gilbert & LaDuca, including litigation that resulted in the recall of thousands of defective cars and the return unfairly depressed nurse wages. Ben is a Senior Fellow at the American Economic Liberties Project. Before attending Harvard Law, he was an agriculture volunteer with the Peace Corps in Senegal and worked on several state-wide political races. He is admitted to practice law in Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York.

Rose Farley

Justice Outreach Program Coordinator

Rose Farley is the Justice Outreach Program Coordinator at Justice Catalyst Law. Prior to joining Justice Catalyst Law, Rose worked as a licensed Private Investigator in the state of Vermont, building upon her experience as a Fellow Investigator at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. Rose graduated from Mount Holyoke College, where she earned a B.A. in Political Science and Sociology.

Jacob Lipton, Esq.

Jacob Lipton, Esq.

Board of Directors

Systemic Justice Project at Harvard Law
Jacob Lipton is the Program Director of the Systemic Justice Project, a policy innovation collaboration at Harvard Law School devoted to working with students to identify injustice, design solutions, promote awareness, and advocate reforms to policymakers, opinion leaders, and the public.Jacob has presented on legal education and systemic justice at the Harvard Advanced Leadership Institute, the National Workshop for Bankruptcy Judges, the Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching Annual Conference, and the Law and Boundaries Annual International Conference. Jacob graduated from Harvard Law School, where he was co-Editor in Chief of Unbound: Harvard Journal of the Legal Left and Vice President of Harvard Law School Students for Sustainable Investment, and the captain of the Harvard Law School soccer team. Before law school he read Classics at King’s College London and spent two years in Freetown as the Special Advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Government of Sierra Leone. He is currently working with Jon Hanson on a research project that attempts to reimagine law, the legal profession, and legal education in ways that would help them better achieve systemic justice.
Kathleen Morris

Kathleen Morris

Senior Fellow

Kathleen Morris is a Senior Fellow at Justice Catalyst, researching law, democracy, localism, and federalism. She is a Professor of Law at Golden Gate University, where she specializes in Federal and State Constitutional Law, State and Local Government Law, Public Lawyering, and Legal Education. From 2003-2012 Professor Morris served as a deputy city attorney for San Francisco, where she was a lead counsel in several dozen cases, including the defense of then-Mayor Gavin Newsom’s decision to allow same-sex couples to marry and the city’s challenges to California’s marriage laws. In 2006, she and now-Dean Heather K. Gerken co-founded Yale Law School’s San Francisco Affirmative Litigation Project. At Golden Gate Law School, Professor Morris created the Cities Law & Policy Project, an ongoing collaboration between the law school, its students, and urban law and policy leaders to create an open-source online owners manual for innovative city government. Professor Morris has a law degree from Berkeley Law School; a Masters degree in Politics from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland; and a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from California State University, Northridge. After law school she served as a law clerk to Sidney R. Thomas, Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Sarah O'Brien, Esq.

Sarah O'Brien, Esq.

Board of Directors

Orleans Public Defenders
Sarah O’Brien is a Staff Attorney at Orleans Public Defenders in New Orleans, Louisiana. In addition to representing poor people accused of crimes at the trial court level, Sarah works in the Special Litigation Division developing strategies and litigation to fight mass incarceration and protect the rights of the criminally accused by effecting changes in Louisiana’s criminal justice system and criminal law jurisprudence. Sarah has worked on projects aimed at securing constitutional protections for mentally ill and intellectually disabled people accused of crimes, bringing constitutional challenges to Louisiana’s racially motivated law permitting non-unanimous jury verdicts, increasing state public defense funding through litigation and legislative advocacy, developing educational resources to assist public defenders in maintaining up-to-date knowledge of changes in state and federal criminal case law, and addressing systemic prosecutorial misconduct. Sarah earned her J.D. from New York University School of Law and her B.A. in philosophy from Yale University.

Kelly Jo Popkin, Esq.

Legal Fellow

Kelly Jo Popkin is a Legal Fellow at Justice Catalyst Law, where she works on impact litigation related to public health. Prior to joining Justice Catalyst, Kelly Jo worked as a litigation fellow at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, focusing primarily on federal and state litigation challenging anti-choice extremism, Medicaid cuts, and targeted regulation of abortion providers (“TRAP” laws). Prior to this fellowship, Kelly Jo served as a James Vorenberg Equal Justice Fellow at Planned Parenthood of California, where she assisted the General Counsel in drafting and passing legislation to protect abortion providers from security breaches and invasions of privacy. Kelly Jo also served as the United States Policy and Advocacy Fellow at the Center for Reproductive Rights, assisting the Washington D.C. office in its lobbying efforts to lift public insurance coverage bans on abortion, provide free over-the-counter contraception, and address clinic violence targeting abortion providers and clinic patients. At Harvard Law School, Kelly Jo was a student attorney at the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation, where she worked with CHLPI students and staff to draft a successful motion for a preliminary injunction against a state Medicaid agency, file a Supreme Court amicus brief in the Zubik case, and submit a complaint to the Office of Civil Rights detailing HIV discrimination in the ACA marketplace. She also worked as a student attorney at the Family Law and Domestic Violence Division of the Legal Services Center, providing representation for child custody disputes, child support proceedings, and other direct legal assistance to survivors of gender-based violence.  Prior to law school, Kelly Jo worked and volunteered at four New York City-based nonprofits providing social and legal assistance to survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. Kelly Jo is a graduate of Harvard College, with a degree in Visual and Environmental Studies, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, with a masters in public health, and Harvard Law School.

Brian Shearer, Esq.

Brian Shearer, Esq.

Legal Director

Brian Shearer is Justice Catalyst Law’s Legal Director, where he uses impact litigation and innovative legal practice to advance economic and social justice. Prior to coming to Justice Catalyst, Brian worked for 7 years at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), where he worked on a wide variety of consumer protection issues but focused on student loans, debt collection, payday lending, UDAP, and administrative law. In 2017, Brian was CFPB Director Cordray’s Senior Advisor on all policy issues. Before attending American University Washington College of Law, he was a paralegal for an immigration law firm in Los Angeles. He is admitted to practice law in Virginia.

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