Jalila Jefferson-Bullock comes to Pitt Law from Duquesne University, where she is an Associate Professor of Law. Her teaching experience includes courses in Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, and Criminal Procedure. Jefferson-Bullock’s research interests include constitutional law, criminal law, criminal procedure, federal sentencing, legislation, and civil rights. Her current work focuses on sentencing law and policy reform and the need to de-emphasize traditional incarceration.
Before entering academia, Jefferson-Bullock enjoyed a varied law practice for ten years. She represented plaintiffs at a litigation boutique firm in California, and in national class action cases in Louisiana. In 2005, she opened a successful practice with her sister, specializing in personal injury and general business 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 was elected to the Louisiana State House of Representatives in 2003, where 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 received her JD from Harvard Law School, her MA in the Humanities from the University of Chicago, and her BA from Harvard College.
Jefferson-Bullock will teach Criminal Law at Pitt Law.