Jaclyn is a third-year law student and a Civitas ChildLaw Fellow at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. She is currently pursuing a career in children’s rights and human rights law. Due to her fellowship with the Civitas ChildLaw Center, Jaclyn has received special training to represent children’s rights and interests. During her first law school internship, Jaclyn traveled to Freetown, Sierra Leone to work with Defence for Children International. This internship sparked a passion in Jaclyn to work on issues relating to international children’s rights especially girls’ education, human trafficking, and juvenile justice. She hopes to work internationally in one of these areas in the future. Since that internship, Jaclyn has held multiple internships in Chicago focusing on education and family law.
In addition to working as the CHRC graduate scholar for the 2018-2019 school year, Jaclyn is actively involved in extracurricular activities with the law school. During the 2017-2018 school year, Jaclyn participated in the Willem C. Vis Moot competition in Vienna, Austria, served as President of Stand Up For Each Other (“SUFEO”- an initiative lead by law students to address issues of discipline in Chicago schools) acted as a senior editor for the Children’s Legal Rights Journal at Loyola, and assisted the childlaw legal writing program as a tutor. Jaclyn is currently serving as a tutor for the Masters of Jurisprudence in Children’s Law and Policy program as well as tutoring the International Arbitration and Contracts for the International Sale of Goods class at Loyola.
Prior to law school, Jaclyn worked with children with special needs in a multitude of areas. She holds an undergraduate degree in Public Relations and Advertising from Minnesota State University Moorhead. In her spare time Jaclyn enjoys traveling and reading non-fiction books.