December 14, 2019

Jennifer Junger

Jennifer focuses her practice on commercial litigation. At George Washington University Law School, Jennifer was selected to participate in the Family Justice Litigation Clinic, where she was certified by the D.C. Court of Appeals to appear in court on Family Law matters. During law school, Jennifer served as a clerk for the Senate's Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, as well as for the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section of the Department of Justice. Jennifer also worked as a law clerk for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida.

What was your most rewarding experience in law school?

As a participant in GW Law School's Family Justice Litigation Clinic, I guided self-petitioners through Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) petitions. VAWA was implemented to protect victims of domestic abuse from having their spouses use their immigration status to control, manipulate and abuse them. Lack of legal status is often used as a tool of power and control in abusive relationships, particularly if the person's status depends on their relationship to their U.S. citizen or lawful resident abuser. I represented pro bono clients in gaining eligibility to work in the United States, which is the first step for them to gain legal status in the U.S. independent of their abusers.

What volunteer work has made you especially proud?

Between college and law school I served as a Teach for America Corp member. I taught special education and algebra to high school students in a low-income and under-resourced neighborhood. Teach for America's goal is to change the world of education by putting engaging, dedicated, and motivated people into schools that need help. Even though I did not remain in education, my experience teaching had as large an impact on me as it did on the students I taught. My students are in college now, and I keep in touch with many of them. Continuing to mentor them and seeing their accomplishments as young adults is something that I am very proud of. 

Articles in the National Law Review database by Jennifer Junger