Jalila Jefferson-Bullock, M.A., J.D.

Jalila Jefferson-Bullock, M.A., J.D.

Associate Professor of Law
School of Law
Law

Room 321, Hanley Hall
Phone: 412.396.6287
jeffersonbulloj@duq.edu
https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/cf_dev/AbsByAuth.cfm?per_id=2206616

Education:

J.D., Harvard Law School
M.A., University of Chicago
B.A., Harvard College
Bio

Jalila Jefferson-Bullock, a native of New Orleans, La., is an associate professor at Duquesne University School of Law in PIttsburgh, where she teaches constitutional law courses. 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.

Expertise

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.

Legal Career

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.

Dedication to Service

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.

Resume

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Courses

FALL 2018
Constitutional Law I (02, 61)

SPRING 2019
Constitutional Law II (02, 61)
Race and American Law (01)

FALL 2019
Constitutional Law I (02, 61)

SPRING 2019
Race and American Law

Affiliations/Awards

Professional Affiliations

State Bar of Louisiana

Association of American Law Schools

  • Treasurer, Section on Aging and the Law

  • Member, Section of Criminal Justice

  • Member, Section on Constitutional Law

  • Member, Section on Africa

Southeast/Southwest People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference

  • Executive Planning Committee (2012-2017)

  • Works-in-Progress Co-Chair (2012-2014)

University Affiliations

School of Law Faculty Senate (2018-Present)

  • Constitution Committee

  • Faculty Conduct Review Committee

Advisory Council on Diversity for the School of Law (2018-Present)

Law School Affiliations

Dean of the School of Law's Diversity Advisory Committee (2019-Present)

School of Law Faculty Recruitment Committee (2018-Present)

School of Law's Black Law Students Association Advisior (2018-Present)

Awards

Living History Award for Excellence in Jurisprudence (Phoenix, AZ, 2015)

Faculty Marshall (Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015)

Black Law Students Association Award for Excellence in Teaching (2015)

Faculty Scholarship Award (2013, 2014)

Scholarly Publications & Presentations

 Articles

The Special Case of COVID-19: Let My People Go: A Call for the Swift Release of Elderly Federal Prisoners in the Wake of COVID-19
Jalila Jefferson-Bullock, The Special Case of COVID-19: Let My People Go: A Call for the Swift Release of Elderly Federal Prisoners in the Wake of COVID-19, 32 Fed. Sent. R. 286 (June 2020).

EDITORS' OBSERVATIONS: The Creation of a Crisis
Jalila Jefferson-Bullock, EDITORS' OBSERVATIONS: The Creation of a Crisis, 32 Fed. Sent. R. 257 (June 2020).

Restoring Dignity in Criminal Punishment
Jalila Jefferson-Bullock, Restoring Dignity in Criminal Punishment, New. Eng. L. Rev. (2020).

Consensus, Compassion, and Compromise?: The FIRST Step Act and Aging Out of Crime
Jalila Jefferson-Bullock, Consensus, Compassion, and Compromise?: The FIRST Step Act and Aging Out of Crime, 32 Fed. Sentencing Rep. 70 (December 2019).

A Little Child Shall Lead Them: Juvenile Justice, Aging Out, and the FIRST STEP Act
Jalila Jefferson-Bullock, A Little Child Shall Lead Them: Juvenile Justice, Aging Out, and the FIRST STEP Act, Vill. L. Rev. (2019).

I, Too, Sing America: Presidential Pardon Power and the Perception of Good Character
Jalila Jefferson-Bullock, I, Too, Sing America: Presidential Pardon Power and the Perception of Good Character, 57 Duq.L. Rev. 309 (2019). https://dsc.duq.edu/dlr/vol57/iss2/6/

Quelling the Silver Tsunami: Compassionate Release of Elderly Offenders
Jalila Jefferson-Bullock, Quelling the Silver Tsunami: Compassionate Release of Elderly Offenders, 79 Ohio St. L.J. 937-990 (2018). https://moritzlaw.osu.edu/oslj/2019/02/03/quelling-the-silver-tsunami-compassionate-release-of-elderly-offenders/ https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3362344

How Much Punishment is Enough?: Embracing Uncertainty in Modern Sentencing Reform
Jalila Jefferson-Bullock, How Much Punishment is Enough?: Embracing Uncertainty in Modern Sentencing Reform, 24 J. L. & Pol'y [Brooklyn Law] (2016). http://brooklynworks.brooklaw.edu/jlp/vol24/iss2/2/, https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3249056

Taking a Closer Look: A Case for Sentencing Reform
Jalila Jefferson-Bullock, Taking a Closer Look: A Case for Sentencing Reform, 28 Fed. Sent'g Rep. 221 (February 2016). http://fsr.ucpress.edu/content/28/3/221

Are You (Still) My Great and Worthy Opponent?: Compassionate Release of Terminally Ill Offenders
Jalila Jefferson-Bullock, Are You (Still) My Great and Worthy Opponent?: Compassionate Release of Terminally Ill Offenders, 83 UMKC L. Rev. 521 (2015) (lead article). https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2662664

The Time is Ripe to Include Considerations of the Effects on Families and Communities of Excessively Long Sentences
Jalila Jefferson-Bullock, The Time is Ripe to Include Considerations of the Effects on Families and Communities of Excessively Long Sentences, 83 UMKC L. Rev. 73 (2014). https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2564676

The Flexibility of Section 5 and the Politics of Disaster in Post-Katrina New Orleans
Jalila Jefferson-Bullock, The Flexibility of Section 5 and the Politics of Disaster in Post-Katrina New Orleans, 16 J. Gender, Race Just. 825 [Univ. of Iowa] (2013). https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2455945

Works-In-Progress

The Myth of Good Character and the Politics of Perception
Jalila Jefferson-Bullock, The Myth of Good Character and the Politics of Perception (argues for a more limiting view of executive power aligned with retributive goals and principles).

The Power of Movement: The Constitution's Failure to Protect the Poor
Jalila Jefferson-Bullock, The Power of Movement: The Constitution's Failure to Protect the Poor (argues that the Constitution does not adequately protect the rights of the poor; focuses on hurricane preparedness, recovery, and the right to travel as specific examples).

Presentations

A Little Child Shall Lead Them
Jalila Jefferson-Bullock, A Little Child Shall Lead Them: Juvenile Justice Aging Out, and the FIRST Step Act, Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting, Washington, DC (January 2020).

Understanding Impeachment
Jalila Jefferson-Bullock, Understanding Impeachment, Duquesne University School of Law, Pittsburgh, PA (December 2019).

Presidential Pardon Power and the Perception of Good Character
Jalila Jefferson-Bullock, Presidential Pardon Power and the Perception of Good Character, LatCrit Legal Scholarship Conference, Georgia State University College of Law (October 2019).

Marijuana Law: Is There a Canon
Jalila Jefferson-Bullock, Marijuana Law: Is There a Canon, Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Conference, Boca Raton, FL (August 2019).

Implicit Bias
Jalila Jefferson-Bullock, Implicit Bias, Pennsylvania Bar Institute Annual Criminal Law Symposium, Harrisburg, PA (June 2019).

Judging in a Time of Politics and Resistance
Jalila Jefferson-Bullock, Judging in a Time of Politics and Resistance, Law and Society Assoiciation Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C. (May 2019).

The Power of Movement: The Constitution's Failure to Protect the Poor
Jalila Jefferson-Bullock, The Power of Movement: The Constitution's Failure to Protect the Poor, presentation at Fourth National People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference (March 24, 2019).

Police Use of Lethal Force
Jalila Jefferson-Bullock, Police Use of Lethal Force, presentation at Fourth National People of Color Conference (March 22, 2019).

Special Investigations and Legal Ethics
Jalila Jefferson-Bullock, Special Investigations and Legal Ethics, presentation at Duquesne University Law Review Symposium (February 8, 2019).

Criminal Justice Reform Consensus?
Jalila Jefferson-Bullock, Criminal Justice Reform Consensus? presentation at Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting (January 6, 2019).

The Legal Consequences of Living a Long Life: The Differential Impact on Marginalized Communities
Jalila Jefferson-Bullock, The Legal Consequences of Living a Long Life: The Differential Impact on Marginalized Communities, presentation at Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting (January 4, 2019).

Gerrymandering and Conceit: The Supreme Court's Conflict with Itself
Jalila Jefferson-Bullock, Gerrymandering and Conceit: The Supreme Court's Conflict with Itself, presentation at Class Crits X Legal Scholarship Conference (November 11, 2018).

Quelling the Silver Tsunami: Compassionate Release of Elderly Offenders
Jalila Jefferson-Bullock, Quelling the Silver Tsunami: Compassionate Release of Elderly Offenders, presentation for University of Toledo College of Law Speaker Series (November 7, 2018).

Quelling the Silver Tsunami: Compassionate Release of Elderly Offenders
Jalila Jefferson-Bullock, Quelling the Silver Tsunami: Compassionate Release of Elderly Offenders, CLE for Duquesne University School of Law CLE Series (November 3, 2018).

Quelling the Silver Tsunami: Compassionate Release of Elderly Offenders
Jalila Jefferson-Bullock, Quelling the Silver Tsunami: Compassionate Release of Elderly Offenders, presentation at Marquette University Works-in-Progress Conference (October 6, 2018).

Police Use of Lethal Force
Jalila Jefferson-Bullock, Police Use of Lethal Force, presentation at Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Conference (August 9, 2018).

The Power of Movement: The Constitution's Failure to Protect the Poor
Jalila Jefferson-Bullock, The Power of Movement: The Constitution's Failure to Protect the Poor, presentation at Lutie A. Lytle Black Women Law Faculty Writing Workshop (July 15, 2018).

Judges' Perspectives on Judicial Education
Jalila Jefferson-Bullock, Judges' Perspectives on Judicial Education, presentation at International Conference on Law and Society (June 7, 2018).

Quelling the Silver Tsunami: Compassionate Release of Elderly Offenders
Jalila Jefferson-Bullock, Quelling the Silver Tsunami: Compassionate Release of Elderly Offenders, presentation at Akron Exchange/University of Akron School of Law (April 11, 2018).

Quelling the Silver Tsunami: Compassionate Release of Elderly Offenders
Jalila Jefferson-Bullock, Quelling the Silver Tsunami: Compassionate Release of Elderly Offenders, presentation at Mon River Colloquium (March 23, 2018).

We the People Supreme Court Review
Jalila Jefferson-Bullock, We the People Supreme Court Review, Arizona State Bar, Phoenix, AZ (September 2016).

Judges and Therapeutic Jurisprudence
Jalila Jefferson-Bullock, Judges and Therapeutic Jurisprudence, presentation at International Conference on Law and Society, New Orleans, LA (June 2016).

Reconsidering Federal Parole, Lutie A. Lytle Black Women Law Faculty Writing Workshop
Jalila Jefferson-Bullock, Reconsidering Federal Parole, Lutie A. Lytle Black Women Law Faculty Writing Workshop, Vanderbilt University Law School, Nashville, TN (July 2015).

Aging Out
Jalila Jefferson-Bullock, Aging Out, presentation at Lutie A. Lytle Black Women Law Faculty Writing Workshop, The University of Iowa College of Law, Iowa City, IA (July 2015).

Therapeutic Sentencing: Balancing Retribution and Restoration
Jalila Jefferson-Bullock, Therapeutic Sentencing: Balancing Retribution and Restoration, Legal Scholars Conference, Arizona State University, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Phoenix, AZ (March 2015).

Therapeutic Sentencing: Balancing Retribution and Restoration
Jalila Jefferson-Bullock, Therapeutic Sentencing: Balancing Retribution and Restoration, Annual Scholarship Conference, Central States Law Schools Association, Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Baton Rouge, LA (October 2014).

Supreme Court 2013: An In-Depth Review of the Practical Implications of the Blockbuster Civil Rights Decisions
Jalila Jefferson-Bullock, Invited Speaker, Supreme Court 2013: An In-Depth Review of the Practical Implications of the Blockbuster Civil Rights Decisions, American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Fall Conference, Phoenix, AZ (October 2013).

Stretching Sentencing Standards: The Time is Ripe to Include Considerations of the Effects on Families and Communities of Excessively Long Sentences
Jalila Jefferson-Bullock, Stretching Sentencing Standards: The Time is Ripe to Include Considerations of the Effects on Families and Communities of Excessively Long Sentences, Lutie A. Lytle Black Women Law Faculty Writing Workshop, UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law, Las Vegas, NV (June 2013).

Stretching Sentencing Standards: The Time is Ripe to Include Considerations of the Effects on Families and Communities of Excessively Long Sentences
Jalila Jefferson-Bullock, Stretching Sentencing Standards: The Time is Ripe to Include Considerations of the Effects on Families and Communities of Excessively Long Sentences, Southeast/Southwest People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of Law (April 2013).

Bridge to Empowerment: Exploring Legal Literacy Paradigms
Jalila Jefferson-Bullock, Bridge to Empowerment: Exploring Legal Literacy Paradigms, International Conference on Law and Society, Honolulu, HI (June 2012).

Equal Access to the Ballot Box?
Jalila Jefferson-Bullock, Equal Access to the Ballot Box?, Southeast/Southwest People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference, Samford University, Cumberland School of Law, Birmingham, AL (March 2012).

Diversity in Legal Education
Jalila Jefferson-Bullock, Diversity in Legal Education, Black Law Students Symposium, Phoenix School of Law (February 2012).

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