Jennifer Bennett, Esq.
Board of Directors
Gupta Wessler PLLC
Jennifer Bennett 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 is Counsel 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.
Alice Buttrick, Esq.
Alice Buttrick is Counsel 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.
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 and the Cushman and Greene Moral Psychology Lab at Harvard University, and was also a Civil Liberties Intern at the ACLU of New Jersey.
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.
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 gentrification in 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 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 of unfairly depressed nurse wages. Ben is a Senior Fellow at the American Economic Liberties Project and an Advisory Board Member at the Student Borrower Protection Center. 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.
Director of Investigations
Rose Farley is the Director of Investigations 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.
Janet Herold is the Legal Director of Justice Catalyst Law. Prior to joining Justice Catalyst Law, she served as the Department of Labor’s Regional Solicitor for the Western Region, leading creative and groundbreaking litigation addressing a wide array of worker exploitation, including employment discrimination, wage theft, retaliation, and misuse and waste of employee pensions and health funds. Notably, she brought the largest pay discrimination case ever filed by the federal government, anchored and led the DOL’s efforts to redress employee misclassification as independent contractors, and pioneered the use of the early injunction to protect vulnerable and immigrant workers from retaliation and threats of immediate physical harm. Prior to becoming Regional Solicitor, Ms. Herold was Associate General Counsel for the Service Employees International Union, leading the National Wage and Hour Project and serving as litigation counsel to classes of immigrant or vulnerable workers, including developing and bringing groundbreaking litigation securing immediate injunctive relief for misclassified warehouses workers moving goods for Walmart. Both before and while at SEIU, Ms. Herold also maintained a private practice, leading creative class action litigation representing workers seeking redress for severe workplace exploitation, trafficking, and myriad forms of wage theft, including successfully securing utilizing California’s taxpayer redress statute to secure redress for a statewide class of incarcerated workers. Ms. Herold is a graduate of Harvard Law School and the University of Notre Dame with degrees in Mathematics and English.
Jacob Lipton, Esq.
Co-Executive Director, Justice Catalyst
Jacob Lipton is the Co-Executive Director of Justice Catalyst. His work includes philanthropic advising to support justice-focused legal innovation, promoting public interest litigation finance through Catalyst Impact, and administering the Justice Catalyst Fellowship program. Before joining Justice Catalyst, Jacob was Co-founder and 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 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.
Board of Directors
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.
Simi Solanke is a Paralegal Investigator at Justice Catalyst Law. Simi joins Justice Catalyst Law after working in the non-profit and private sector for 15 years. She had spent seven of those 15 years working as a paralegal dedicated to helping immigrants and their families stay together and live out their dreams in the United States. Simi had also worked with the individuals impacted by the criminal justice system to affect policy changes inside and outside detention facilities. She is excited to join Justice Catalyst Law to continue to advocate for racial and socioeconomic equality in marginalized communities.