Jennifer Mathis is Deputy Legal Director and Director of Policy and Legal Advocacy at the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law. She supervises the Center's policy advocacy and also engages in litigation to advance the rights of individuals with psychiatric disabilities. Jennifer's work is aimed primarily at promoting community integration and affording people with psychiatric disabilities the opportunity to have the same kinds of lives as people without disabilities. Jennifer helped coordinate the amicus briefs filed in the Supreme Court in the Olmstead case, and has litigated integration cases in states across the country. Her work also focuses on employment, housing, education, voting, and parental rights of individuals with psychiatric disabilities.
Jennifer left the Bazelon Center for one year to serve as special assistant to EEOC Commissioner Chai Feldblum in 2010-2011; in that role, she helped draft regulations implementing the ADAAA (ADA Amendments Act of 2008). Before joining the Bazelon Center, Ms. Mathis conducted litigation involving ADA, Section 504, the Fair Housing Act, and Title XIX claims with the Disabilities Law Project (Pittsburgh, PA). She also practiced with a private firm, where she pursued litigation on a broad array of civil rights issues. Mathis holds an A.B. from Harvard University, a M.A. in Social Studies Education from New York University, and a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center.