Professor Jessica Lefort is a clinical assistant professor in the Legal Practice Program. Prior to joining the Law School, she was a deputy defender with the Federal Defender Office in Detroit, representing indigent criminal defendants in federal court in the Eastern District of Michigan and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. She previously was an honors trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, in Washington, D.C., where she prosecuted national and international criminal conspiracies involving price-fixing and bid-rigging, as well as procurement fraud cases involving Iraq and Afghanistan war reconstruction contracts. She formerly served as a law clerk for The Hon. James B. Moran in the Northern District of Illinois, and for Magistrate Judges David R. Grand and Elizabeth A. Stafford in the Eastern District of Michigan.
Professor Lefort received her BA in philosophy from Grand Valley State University and her JD, summa cum laude and Order of the Coif, from DePaul University College of Law, where she was a Dean's Scholar, a Faculty Scholar, and a member of the Law Review. She received a Public Service Award from the law school for her extensive service to the Public Interest Law Association that, among other things, provided scholarships for students pursuing unpaid public interest internships. In law school, Professor Lefort co-edited the Mitigation Compendium for the Death Penalty Defense Team with notable death penalty litigator and former University of Michigan Law School Professor Andrea Lyon.
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