Jada Collins joined the ACLU-DC in March of 2021. She is a rising senior at American University and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Justice and Law. Her experience in public interest and social justice work began when she interned with the Pension Rights Center. As an intern, she located lost pension plans on behalf of retired clients looking to draw on their pension earnings. Following this internship, she was offered a position with the Maryland Office of the Public Defender, where she investigated criminal cases and helped formulate defense theories in conjunction with attorneys. These work experiences, combined with her academic coursework, exposed her to injustices such as the absence of information, financial resources, and adequate advocates, deepening her desire to serve communities in need. This desire prompted her application to the ACLU-DC.
Jada hopes to fight against the injustices within our legal system as she aspires to become an attorney specializing in indigent defense, litigating criminal and civil cases. Following the completion of her undergraduate degree, she plans to attend law school.
Outside of work and school, Jada enjoys interacting with her community, as she is a proud resident of Prince George’s County, Maryland. She aspires to serve the greater DMV area as an attorney when she completes law school. During her downtime, Jada enjoys physical activity and partakes in boxing and jiu-jitsu throughout the week.