Jenn Rolnick Borchetta
Jenn is a civil rights lawyer with extensive experience managing high profile matters and leading coalitions on local and national reform efforts. As the Managing Director of the Impact Litigation Practice, she develops and leads a civil rights practice within The Bronx Defenders to reform widespread injustices facing low-income people in the Bronx. She builds and litigates a docket that covers varied civil rights issues, including racial and gender equity, economic fairness, immigrant rights, LGBTQ rights, and fundamental freedoms.
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. Among other high profile cases, Jenn served as a lead attorney for the plaintiffs in Floyd v. City of New York, which proved the New York City Police Department’s use of the stop and frisk tactic was unconstitutional and racially discriminatory. Jenn is frequently quoted in the press and has appeared on television and radio.
- The New York Times: Why ‘Stop-and-Frisk’ Inflamed Black and Hispanic Neighborhoods
- The Marshall Project: Your Arrest Was Dismissed. But It’s Still In A Police Database
- Gothamist: How A Sealed Arrest Can Get You Arrested In New York
- Written Testimony to the Committee on Public Safety and Committee on Justice System: Police Discipline
- The City: 20 Years After the NYPD Killing of Amadou Diallo, His Mother and Community Ask: What’s Changed?
- The Appeal: Facing Lawsuit, NYPD Changes How Officers Use Sealed Arrest Data
- NY Daily News: Legal group pushes back against NYPD’s claim it can use info from sealed cases in other investigations
- Politico: Judge orders NYPD to enact pilot program on low-level stops
- NY Daily News: NYPD told to better document more street encounters — the latest chapter from stop and frisk trial that criticized treatment of minorities
- 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