Jean Zachariasiewicz is a litigator who focuses her practice on civil rights law, including fair housing, disability rights, police misconduct, and prisoner rights. She also has experience in constitutional litigation, class actions, and contract negotiations. Jean represents clients in state and federal court, as well as state administrative bodies and has appellate experience, having argued in the Fourth Circuit and the Maryland Court of Special Appeals. Jean works to ensure that her clients’ stories, experiences, and concerns are heard and respected, whether her client is a powerful corporation or a prisoner.
Prior to joining the firm, Jean was a civil rights litigation associate at a Washington, DC law firm and served as the Francis D. Murnaghan, Jr. Appellate Advocacy Fellow at the Public Justice Center, where she practiced appellate litigation in the areas of civil rights and poverty law.
After law school, Jean clerked for the Honorable Myron Thompson on the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama and for the Honorable Fortunato Benavides on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
During law school, Jean served as Notes & Submissions Editor of the Columbia Human Rights Law Review and as president of the Public Interest Law Foundation. Jean also interned at several organizations dedicated to education and civil rights, including Neufeld, Scheck & Brustin, a civil rights firm in New York that focuses on wrongful conviction, police misconduct, and prison suits.
Prior to law school, Jean was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ukraine and then worked at Peace Corps headquarters in Washington, DC.
- Columbia University Law School, J.D., 2010
- University of Virginia, B.A. with distinction, 2001
- New York
- District of Columbia
- Public Justice Center, Board Member
- Francis D. Murnaghan, Jr. Appellate Advocacy Fellowship, Board Member/Treasurer
- National Fair Housing Alliance, Member
- United Workers Housing Roundtable, Member
- On April 7, 2016, Jean led a fair housing training for lawyers and staff of Maryland Legal Aid, covering Fair Housing Law Overview, Reasonable Accommodation and Modification, a Fair Housing Act Damages exercise, and an Overview of the Duties of State and Local Jurisdictions to Affirmatively Further Fair Housing, Columbia, MD.
- On April 8, 2016, Jean gave a presentation on Fair Housing, Persons with Disabilities, and Service and Assistance Animals at the Tampa Bay Fair Housing Consortium’s 2016 Fair Housing Symposium: Shared Opportunity in Every Community, Clearwater, FL.
- “The Refusal to Insure Section 8 Properties Has Disparate Impact Consequences,” Civil Rights Insider, Winter 2017.
- “Not Worth the Risk: The Legal Consequences of the Refusal to Insure Properties with Section 8 Tenants,” Banking & Financial Services Policy Report, November 2014, Vol. 33, No. 11, pp. 19-29.
- April 25, 2018, The Daily Record, “State, Deputies Reach $1.9M Settlement Over Death of Disabled Frederick Man.”