Jennifer Barnes

Director of the Externship Program

Jennifer Barnes is an advocate for equal justice both in the classroom and the courtroom, where she trains and supervises student lawyers, and in the community, where she donates her time to the help low-income individuals obtain legal services. As Externship Director, she annually supervises more than 250 externs in nonprofit agencies and judicial placements. Under her leadership, the Civil Justice Clinic received the top award from the Volunteer Lawyers Program for providing legal services to Arizonans who were victims of foreclosure rescue scams.

Professor Barnes serves on the Board of Directors of the William E. Morris Institute for Justice, a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the rights of low-income Arizonans, and is past co-president of the Board of Directors of Community Legal Services, an Arizona not-for-profit law firm that promotes equal access to justice for all. She was awarded the prestigious YWCA 2011 "Education Leader Award" during its annual Tribute to Women. Professor Barnes also recently was named one of the Top 50 Pro Bono Attorneys in Arizona, and she received the “Outstanding Teaching Award” from the graduating class of 2004. Before joining the College in 2001, Professor Barnes was a trial attorney for 14 years.


Assistant: Carolyn Landry

Curriculum Vitae

B.S., University of Wisconsin at La Crosse

J.D., Arizona State University