Jalila Jefferson-Bullock, M.A., J.D.

Associate Professor of Law

Office: Hanley Hall 321

Phone Number: 412.396.6287

E-Mail Address: jeffersonbulloj@duq.edu

Education: J.D., Harvard Law School
M.A., University of Chicago
A.B., Harvard College

Jalila Jefferson-Bullock, a native of New Orleans, La., is an associate professor at Duquesne University School of Law in PIttsburgh, where she teaches constitutional law courses. Jefferson-Bullock received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and American literature and language from Harvard College, Master of Arts in the humanities from the University of Chicago, and Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School. Prior to this appointment, Jefferson-Bullock taught criminal law and criminal procedure in Phoenix, Ariz., where she was an active member of the law school community. 

Jefferson-Bullock’s research interests include constitutional law, criminal law, criminal procedure, federal sentencing, legislation, and civil rights.  She has published scholarly articles on the politics of disaster in post-Katrina New Orleans, the effects of excessively long federal criminal sentences on families and communities, and compassionate release of terminally ill offenders.  Her most current work refocuses the discussion of various aspects of sentencing law and policy reform on the need to de-emphasize traditional incarceration, while exploring, establishing, and maintaining meaningful, guiding purposes in federal sentencing.  She has presented scholarly research at several conferences, and served on numerous research panels. 

 Before embarking on her career in academia, Jefferson-Bullock enjoyed a varied law practice for 10 years.  She represented plaintiffs at a litigation boutique firm in California, and in large, national class action cases in Louisiana.  In 2005, she opened a successful practice with her sister, specializing in personal injury and general business advices matters.  She also served as a public defender in Orleans Parish Municipal Court, where she represented indigent criminal defendants, in matters ranging from simple misdemeanors to domestic violence.

Jefferson-Bullock believes strongly in public service. She was elected to the Louisiana State House of Representatives in 2003, where she represented a district in her home city of New Orleans.  Respected by her peers and House leadership, she was appointed to the powerful Appropriations Committee, which oversees the state’s budget. Post-Katrina, she was an outspoken champion for the rights of the displaced, most notably, the right to vote.

Jefferson-Bullock continues to serve her community.  Throughout her career, she has been appointed to numerous community boards and commissions and has received several awards and recognitions for community service. Most recently, Jefferson-Bullock was awarded the Living History Award in Phoenix for excellence in jurisprudence. She is a current member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Jack and Jill of America, Inc., and The Links, Inc. 

Constitutional Law (Fall 2018/Spring 2019/Fall 2019/Spring 2020)

Race and American Law (Spring 2019)

Aging Out (offers that theories of punishment do not support the continued incarceration of certain classes of elderly offenders and argues for their early release).

ARTICLES:

  • How Much Punishment is Enough?: Embracing Uncertainty in Modern Sentencing Reform, 24 J. L. & POL’Y 345 [Brooklyn Law] (2016).
  • Taking a Closer Look: A Case for Sentencing Reform, 28 FEDERAL SENTENCING REPORTER 221 (February 2016).
  • Are You (Still) My Great and Worthy Opponent?: Compassionate Release of Terminally Ill Offenders, 83 UMKC L. REV. 521 (2015) (lead article).
  • The Time is Ripe to Include Considerations of the Effects on Families and Communities of Excessively Long Sentences, 83 UMKC L. REV. 73 (2014).
  • The Flexibility of Section 5 and the Politics of Disaster in Post-Katrina New Orleans, 16 J. OF GENDER, RACE & JUST. 825 [Univ. of Iowa] (2013

Living History Award for Excellence in Jurisprudence

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Member

Jack and Jill of America, Inc., Member

The Links, Inc., Member

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Articles

How Much Punishment is Enough?: Embracing Uncertainty in Modern Sentencing Reform

Jalila Jefferson-Bullock, How Much Punishment is Enough?: Embracing Uncertainty in Modern Sentencing Reform, 24 J. L. & Pol'y [Brooklyn Law] (2016).

http://brooklynworks.brooklaw.edu/jlp/vol24/iss2/2/, https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3249056
Taking a Closer Look: A Case for Sentencing Reform

Jalila Jefferson-Bullock, Taking a Closer Look: A Case for Sentencing Reform, 28 Fed. Sent'g Rep. 221 (February 2016).

http://fsr.ucpress.edu/content/28/3/221
Are You (Still) My Great and Worthy Opponent?: Compassionate Release of Terminally Ill Offenders

Jalila Jefferson-Bullock, Are You (Still) My Great and Worthy Opponent?: Compassionate Release of Terminally Ill Offenders, 83 UMKC L. Rev. 521 (2015) (lead article).

https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2662664
The Time is Ripe to Include Considerations of the Effects on Families and Communities of Excessively Long Sentences

Jalila Jefferson-Bullock, The Time is Ripe to Include Considerations of the Effects on Families and Communities of Excessively Long Sentences, 83 UMKC L. Rev. 73 (2014).

https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2564676
The Flexibility of Section 5 and the Politics of Disaster in Post-Katrina New Orleans

Jalila Jefferson-Bullock, The Flexibility of Section 5 and the Politics of Disaster in Post-Katrina New Orleans, 16 J. Gender, Race Just. 825 [Univ. of Iowa] (2013).

https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2455945

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Presentations

Gerrymandering and Conceit: The Supreme Court’s Conflict with Itself

Jalila Jefferson-Bullock, Gerrymandering and Conceit: The Supreme Court’s Conflict with Itself, presentation at Class Crits X Legal Scholarship Conference (November 11, 2018).

Police Use of Lethal Force

Jalila Jefferson-Bullock, Police Use of Lethal Force, presentation at Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Conference (August 9, 2018).

The Power of Movement: The Constitution’s Failure to Protect the Poor

Jalila Jefferson-Bullock, The Power of Movement: The Constitution’s Failure to Protect the Poor, presentation at Lutie A. Lytle Black Women Law Faculty Writing Workshop (July 15, 2018).

Judges’ Perspectives on Judicial Education

Jalila Jefferson-Bullock, Judges’ Perspectives on Judicial Education, presentation at International Conference on Law and Society (June 7, 2018).

Quelling the Silver Tsunami: Compassionate Release of Elderly Offenders

Jalila Jefferson-Bullock, Quelling the Silver Tsunami: Compassionate Release of Elderly Offenders, presentation at Akron Exchange/University of Akron School of Law (April 11, 2018).

Quelling the Silver Tsunami: Compassionate Release of Elderly Offenders

Jalila Jefferson-Bullock, Quelling the Silver Tsunami: Compassionate Release of Elderly Offenders, presentation at Mon River Colloquium (March 23, 2018).

We the People Supreme Court Review

Jalila Jefferson-Bullock, Invited Speaker, We the People Supreme Court Review, Arizona State Bar, Phoenix, AZ, September 2016.

Judges and Therapeutic Jurisprudence

Jalila Jefferson-Bullock, Judges and Therapeutic Jurisprudence, presentation at International Conference on Law and Society, New Orleans, LA June 2016.

Reconsidering Federal Parole

Jalila Jefferson-Bullock, Reconsidering Federal Parole, Lutie A. Lytle Black Women Law Faculty Writing Workshop, Vanderbilt University Law School, Nashville, TN, July 2015.

Aging Out

Jalila Jefferson-Bullock, Aging Out, presentation at Lutie A. Lytle Black Women Law Faculty Writing Workshop, The University of Iowa College of Law, Iowa City, IA, July 2015.

Therapeutic Sentencing: Balancing Retribution and Restoration

Jalila Jefferson-Bullock, Therapeutic Sentencing: Balancing Retribution and Restoration, Legal Scholars Conference, Arizona State University, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Phoenix, AZ, March 2015.

Therapeutic Sentencing: Balancing Retribution and Restoration

Jalila Jefferson-Bullock, Therapeutic Sentencing: Balancing Retribution and Restoration, Annual Scholarship Conference, Central States Law Schools Association, Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Baton Rouge, LA, October 2014.

Supreme Court 2013: An In-Depth Review of the Practical Implications of the Blockbuster Civil Rights Decisions

Jalila Jefferson-Bullock, Invited Speaker, Supreme Court 2013: An In-Depth Review of the Practical Implications of the Blockbuster Civil Rights Decisions, American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Fall Conference, Phoenix, AZ, October 2013. 

Stretching Sentencing Standards: The Time is Ripe to Include Considerations of the Effects on Families and Communities of Excessively Long Sentences

Jalila Jefferson-Bullock, Stretching Sentencing Standards: The Time is Ripe to Include Considerations of the Effects on Families and Communities of Excessively Long Sentences, Lutie A. Lytle Black Women Law Faculty Writing Workshop, UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law, Las Vegas, NV, June 2013.

Stretching Sentencing Standards: The Time is Ripe to Include Considerations of the Effects on Families and Communities of Excessively Long Sentences

Jalila Jefferson-Bullock, Stretching Sentencing Standards: The Time is Ripe to Include Considerations of the Effects on Families and Communities of Excessively Long Sentences, Southeast/Southwest People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of Law, April 2013.

Bridge to Empowerment: Exploring Legal Literacy Paradigms

Jalila Jefferson-Bullock, Bridge to Empowerment: Exploring Legal Literacy Paradigms, International Conference on Law and Society, Honolulu, HI, June 2012.

Equal Access to the Ballot Box?

Jalila Jefferson-Bullock, Equal Access to the Ballot Box?, Southeast/Southwest People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference, Samford University, Cumberland School of Law, Birmingham, AL, March 2012.

Diversity in Legal Education

Jalila Jefferson-Bullock, Diversity in Legal Education, Black Law Students Symposium, Phoenix School of Law, February 2012.

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