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Jacob Boyer L’17

While at Penn Law, Jacob has become deeply involved in Philadelphia’s public interest community. For two years he directed the school’s Pro Bono Pardon Project, and has worked in Community Legal Service’s Public Housing Unit (where he met his soon-to-be wife), the Federal Community Defender’s Capital Habeas Unit, and with the Defender Association of Philadelphia as a clinic student. Additionally, he spent his third year in law school representing a man sentenced to life in prison on a federal appeal before the Third Circuit.

Jacob arrived at Penn following two years with a Chicago-based civil rights litigation firm. His work there involved a diverse caseload encompassing disputes over wages and hours, workers’ visas, and constitutional rights violations. The majority of his time was dedicated to a federal lawsuit brought on behalf of 12 Mexican nationals arrested as part of an illegal immigration raid on a Nashville apartment complex. He also spent four months after college graduation working on a small, family-run, organic farm in Patagonia.

Following graduation, Jacob will be clerking for a year on U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit followed by a year on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.