Jenn Rolnick Borchetta
As Deputy Director of the Impact Litigation Practice, Jenn Rolnick Borchetta develops and leads civil rights and class action lawsuits to reform the systemic and structural inequities affecting clients of The Bronx Defenders. Prior to joining The Bronx Defenders, Jenn represented plaintiffs in federal and state court litigation across the United States, working to hold police accountable for misconduct, to protect freedom of protest and voting rights, and to combat racial and gender discrimination. Jenn served as a lead attorney for the plaintiffs in the lawsuit Floyd v. City of New York, which proved the New York Police Department’s use of the stop and frisk tactic was unconstitutional and racially discriminatory. Her litigation victories also include, among others, adducing evidence to hold high level state officials accountable for the repeated sexual abuse of a juvenile detained by the state and securing a $1.9 million settlement; and serving on the litigation team in Wiwa v. Shell Oil, a case alleging that the oil company was complicit in human rights abuses against indigenous people in Nigeria. Her writings on civil rights have been published in The New York Times, Salon, and The Daily News. She has appeared to discuss racial equity and democracy issues on television and radio broadcasts, including on MSNBC and Al Jazeera America, and she has been quoted many times in print media. Jenn was named a Rising Star in civil rights by Super Lawyers Magazine. She received her J.D. from Boston University School of Law and her B.A. from Rutgers University.
- Boston University Law Review: Curbing Collateral Punishment in the Big Data Age
- The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, WNYC, others cover filing of class action
- The New York Times: Don’t Let the Police Wreck Stop-and-Frisk Reforms
- When Race Tips the Scales in Plea Bargaining
- A Critical Civil Rights Tool Is on the Chopping Block