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Jenna Prochaska

Title/s:  Clinical Teaching Fellow, Health Justice Project

Office #:  Corboy 714

Phone: 312.915.6438

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About

Jenna Prochaska is a clinical teaching fellow in the Health Justice Project, where she supervises student case work through an interdisciplinary medical-legal partnership and teaches seminars on lawyering skills and the intersection of poverty, health, and the law.

Jenna brings to her work with the Health Justice Project a broad range of public interest legal experience in Chicago, with a particular focus on poverty law and health care access. At Legal Aid Chicago, Jenna represented low-income Chicagoans in eviction, bankruptcy, consumer fraud, debt collection, and other housing and consumer matters. Prior to that, at the ACLU of Illinois, Jenna worked to protect and expand access to reproductive health care through litigation, legislative and regulatory advocacy, and community education, and at the Shriver Center on Poverty Law, Jenna engaged in focused advocacy to reform policies that harm low-income tenants. While at the Shriver Center, Jenna helped to develop cutting edge fair housing litigation and legislation, collaborating with movement partners and lawmakers, leading to the enactment of a law protecting domestic violence survivors and individuals with disabilities from being evicted based on 911 calls.

Jenna was drawn to clinical teaching after her own clinical education experience. She served as a teaching assistant and student attorney at the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, a student-run legal services office. In this role, Jenna represented low-income clients in housing and public benefits matters and facilitated a Post-Foreclosure Eviction Defense Clinic to help tenants understand their rights and assert legal defenses in court. Through this experience, Jenna witnessed how clinical teachers can help their students to develop the necessary skills to be effective, persistent, and compassionate legal advocates for low-income communities.

Degrees

BS, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2010
JD, Harvard Law School, 2014

Program Areas

Health Justice Project
Advanced Health Justice Project