Jennifer A. Holmes serves as Senior Counsel at LDF, where she works on cases that advance racial justice in the areas of educational equity, economic justice, and voting rights. Jennifer was trial counsel on behalf of a coalition of Harvard student and alumni groups in SFFA v. Harvard , an ongoing lawsuit in which LDF is fighting to preserve the ability of colleges and universities to use race-conscious admissions to diversify their student bodies. Jennifer was also part of the litigation team in Jones v. DeSantis, which challenged a Florida law that barred people with felony convictions from voting due to unpaid fines and fees. Jennifer also helps develop LDF lawsuits that promote fair housing and economic security to strengthen Black communities, including a lawsuit against the City of Cleveland for its discriminatory water billing policies and a lawsuit challenging a predatory home purchase scheme by a private company in Detroit. Jennifer has also authored amicus briefs filed in the U.S. Supreme Court.
Prior to LDF, Jennifer was an associate at Covington & Burling, LLP. She previously served as a law clerk to the Honorable Nicholas G. Garaufis on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.
A native of Washington, D.C., Jennifer received her J.D. from Stanford Law School and her B.A. from Yale University with distinction in Political Science. She is a member of the bars of the District of Columbia, New York state, and the U.S. Supreme Court.