Meet NCLEJ’s newest experts!
We are excited to introduce you to our newest fellows Jordan Berger and Jarron McAllister and Staff Attorney Linda Morris who each joined NCLEJ this Fall. We’re proud to have their expertise and know how fueling our fight for workers’ rights, the right to housing, and disability rights.
Jordan Berger is a disability rights advocate. Her passion for advocacy comes from growing up disabled in the Midwest and fighting for education access as a young woman. A graduate of NYU School of Law, Jordan joins NCLEJ to leverage disability laws to make over-complicated benefits systems and processes more accessible to help ensure that people’s basic needs are being met.
Before law school, Jarron McAllister worked as a legal assistant for the Flint water class action legal team in his hometown of Flint, Michigan. Jarron now joins NCLEJ on a fellowship from Penn Law to protect workers’ rights and public benefits law. Jarron will boost our efforts to improve state unemployment insurance systems around the country that are disproportionately failing Black and brown workers during the pandemic. Jarron will also partner with advocates in the What’s Next coalition to create and enforce stronger worker protections during the pandemic and beyond.
Linda Morris is a grassroots organizer and lawyer who values legal strategies that center directly impacted communities, coalition-building, and tackling the root causes of oppressive systems.
Previous to joining NCLEJ, during the COVID-19 pandemic, she coordinated the ACLU’s efforts to prevent mass evictions, addressing gender and race disparities in evictions. Now with NCLEJ, Linda will work with organizers, advocates, and community members to fight debt-based driver’s license suspensions and dismantle other barriers to racial and economic justice. Outside NCLEJ, Linda organizes with Tsuru For Solidarity, a grassroots project of Japanese American activists working to end state and racial violence through direct actions and cross-community healing circles grounded in their history of incarceration and family separation in U.S. prison camps for Japanese Americans during WWII. In collaboration with many groups, Tsuru For Solidarity successfully shut down the highway to Fort Sill, Oklahoma, after the Trump administration announced plans to use the military base to incarcerate migrant children.
Dennis D. Parker
National Center For Law and Economic Justice