Jennifer Barnes is an advocate for equal justice in the classroom and the courtroom, where she trains and supervises student attorneys, and in the community, where she assists individuals without adequate resources to obtain legal services.
In July 2017, Professor Barnes was appointed as an associate clinical professor and director of the Civil Litigation Clinic, which opens in January 2018. She will teach a seminar course and manage student and faculty caseloads, supervise student attorneys representing clients in housing, employment, and consumer fraud cases, evaluate and assign client intakes, and oversee clinic staff.
Professor Barnes was a trial attorney for 14 years. She and her law partner’s largest verdict was $8.25 million, which involved a wrongful death and a plaintiff who sustained catastrophic injuries. Professor Barnes joined her alma mater as a visiting professor in 2001. Under her direction, the former Civil Justice Clinic received the top award from the Volunteer Lawyers Program for providing legal services to Arizona victims of foreclosure equity scams.
As director of the Academic Success Program since 2013, Professor Barnes has supervised all law students on academic probation, including teaching Legal Analysis and presenting panel discussions to first-year students about how to succeed in law school.
Throughout her career, Professor Barnes has demonstrated her superior education and leadership skills, having been awarded the prestigious YWCA “Education Leader Award” during its Tribute to Women and named one of the Top 50 Pro Bono Attorneys in Arizona. She further received the “Outstanding Teaching Award” from the 2004 law school graduating class.
Professor Barnes serves on the board of directors of both the William E. Morris Institute for Justice and the Arizona Legal Center, and is a past president of Community Legal Services. She is a member of the Clinical Legal Education Association, the Association of Academic Support Educators, and the Association of American Law Schools.