Jeff Simon L’22
Jeff Simon is passionate about improving pathways to opportunity and human flourishing in marginalized communities through law and public policy. He is pursuing a joint JD/MPA degree at Penn Law and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.
Jeff has committed himself to a lifetime of public service. Prior to starting his degree program, Jeff taught chemistry and forensic science for three years at Passaic High School in Passaic, New Jersey, through Teach For America. He then served for four years as a Program Manager at iMentor, a nonprofit that matches high school students with mentors and supports them on the path to college completion. Jeff supported a caseload of students and mentors through the college admissions and financial aid process. He received a B.S. in Chemistry at the University of Michigan and a M.S. in Chemistry from Stanford University.
During his time at Penn Law, Jeff has volunteered with the Youth Education Project, in which he is preparing a high school government class for a moot court competition. He also currently serves as a 1L board member for the Penn Law Immigrant Rights Project, and he will be assisting a client applying for a U-Visa. After law school, Jeff hopes to provide deportation defense and other free legal assistance to immigrants, especially youth, in combination with higher education advising. After years of providing such direct legal services, he hopes to work with communities and political leaders to advance public policies that expand pathways to citizenship and maximize opportunities for young people to pursue the life paths they desire. He strongly believes that relationships, whether with students or legal clients, are a powerful means of equalizing opportunity and maximizing flourishing for people in marginalized communities.