Team

 

Leadership

Jennifer Bennett, Esq.

Jennifer Bennett, Esq.

Board of Directors

Gupta Wessler PLLC

Jennifer Bennet is a Principal at Gupta Wessler PLLC, where she heads the firm’s San Francisco office and focuses on cutting-edge public interest and plaintiffs’-side appellate litigation. Before, Jennifer was 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 U.S. Supreme Court victory on behalf of transportation workers fighting forced arbitration in New Prime Inc. v. Oliveira (2019), 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. She is also a member of the advisory boards of People’s Parity Project and the Project on Predatory Student Lending

Lucy B. Bansal, Esq.

Lucy B. Bansal, Esq.

Staff Attorney

Lucy B. Bansal is a Staff Attorney at Justice Catalyst Law, where she uses creative, cross-disciplinary impact litigation to dismantle social and economic injustice. Before joining JCL, Lucy litigated large class and collective actions at Outten & Golden LLP on behalf of workers alleging employment discrimination and wage theft. Lucy earned her J.D. cum laude from the University of Maryland School of Law, and her B.A. from McGill University. She is based in Washington, D.C. and is admitted to practice law in Maryland and the District of Columbia.

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.

Alice Buttrick, Esq.

Alice Buttrick, Esq.

Staff Attorney

Alice Buttrick is a Staff Attorney at Justice Catalyst Law, where she uses complex commercial litigation strategies to advance social and economic justice. Before joining JCL, Alice litigated derivative suits and securities and antitrust class actions on behalf of pension funds and other institutional investors at Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll, PLLC. Alice clerked for the Honorable Gerard E. Lynch on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, as well as the Honorable Stefan R. Underhill of the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut. Alice earned her J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School and her B.A. cum laude from Yale University. She is admitted to practice law in New York.

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 the Access to Justice Lab at Harvard Law School as well as the Cushman and Greene Moral Psychology Lab at Harvard University. She was also a Civil Liberties Intern at the ACLU of New Jersey. 

Emma Clippinger, Esq.

Emma Clippinger, Esq.

Board of Directors

Responsive Policy Project

Emma Clippinger is founder of the Responsive Policy Project, a platform that seeks to transform policy by changing who participates and how. As a policy attorney, Emma focuses on issues related to food, nutrition, and public health. She currently serves as Senior Advisor to the Aspen Institute’s Food and Society Program and was previously a fellow at Harvard Law School’s Food Law and Policy Clinic. Before becoming an attorney, Emma co-founded and directed Gardens for Health, a community-based nutrition non-profit whose supporters include Echoing Green, Ashoka, and the World Food Programme. Emma received her B.A. from Brown University and her J.D. from NYU School of Law, where she was a Root-Tilden-Kern Scholar. She is admitted to practice law in New York.

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

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.

Associate Director

Jacob Lipton is the Associate Director of Justice Catalyst, where he works on a wide range of projects including managing the Fellowship Program. Before joining Justice Catalyst, Jacob was the founding Program Director of the Systemic Justice Project at Harvard Law School. Jacob holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he was co-Editor in Chief of Unbound: Harvard Journal of the Legal Left, and a B.A. in Classics from King’s College London. He serves on the boards of the ACLU of Massachusetts and People’s Parity Project, and is admitted to practice law in Massachusetts.

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 legislative strategies and litigation to fight mass incarceration and protect the rights of the criminally accused. Sarah has worked on projects to bring constitutional challenges to Louisiana’s racially motivated law permitting non-unanimous jury verdicts, increase state public defense funding, and address systemic prosecutorial and police misconduct. Sarah earned her J.D. from New York University School of Law and her B.A. in philosophy from Yale University.

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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