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Jennifer Nagda

Lecturer in Law

Jennifer Nagda


Jennifer Nagda is Policy Director for the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights, where her work focuses on child-parent separation, children’s rights, and developing a best interests standard for unaccompanied immigrant children. She is also an adjunct lecturer-in-law in the Interdisciplinary Child Advocacy Clinic at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law’s Gittis Center for Clinical Legal Studies. From 2008-2012, Jennifer served as a staff attorney and then Associate Director of the Young Center. Jennifer was previously an attorney at the Midwest Regional Office of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), where she litigated immigration, education and employment discrimination cases. She also clerked for the Honorable James B. Zagel of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Prior to law school, Jennifer was the Associate Director of what is now the CityBridge Foundation in Washington DC, and also worked for the Corporate Executive Board and Advisory Board companies. Jennifer received her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School and her undergraduate degree from Duke University. Her article, “Best Interests of the Child Standard: Bringing Common Sense to Immigration Decisions,” was recently published in Pioneering Change: Innovative Ideas for Children and Families, Big Ideas, First Focus (2015).


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