Jennifer A. Holmes serves as Assistant 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 also helps develop LDF lawsuits that promote fair housing and economic security to strengthen communities of color and has authored amicus briefs filed in the U.S. Supreme Court.
Prior to LDF, Jennifer was an associate at Covington & Burling, LLP, where she represented primarily pharmaceutical companies and sports teams, while maintaining a robust pro bono portfolio that included criminal defense, economic justice, and immigrants’ rights. 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 Supreme Court.