As a young attorney Jennifer provided superior legal representation and counsel to the Mississippi Prevention of Schoolhouse to Jailhouse Coalition and its campaign for systemic educational and juvenile justice reforms. Her efforts resulted in over 75 children being diverted from the criminal justice system to appropriate placement in behavioral health treatment facilities.
Jennifer led an initiative to reduce the use of restraint and seclusion mechanisms in Mississippi public schools. These harmful methods were disproportionately used against vulnerable children with disabilities. As a direct result of her leadership, the MS State Department of Education developed, adopted and implemented a model policy restricting the use of these techniques and replacing them with positive behavioral interventions.
Jennifer once encountered a woman who was being forced to jump hurdles to access basic needs assistance. She worked with the United States Commission on Civil Rights Mississippi Advisory Committee and spearheaded a report and several reforms which addressed the disparities and obstacles faced by women with low incomes and women of color to access child care assistance.