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Jim Davy

Civil Rights Attorney


Jim joins Equal Justice Under Law from the Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project and the Lewisburg Prison Project, where he litigated class action and individual civil rights claims on behalf of prisoners and other detainees, on issues including inadequate medical care, physical and sexual assaults, use of “dry cells,” and bars to family visitation. Previously, Jim clerked for the Honorable L. Felipe Restrepo, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, where he also assisted returning citizens as part of Judge Retrepo’s Reentry Court.

Jim graduated from Georgetown University Law Center, cum laude, in 2015. In between graduating law school and clerking, Jim was a law fellow at the National Education Association, engaging in litigation and advocacy on behalf of teachers across the country.

His past roles and volunteering have sharpened his interest in pursuing racial and economic equity in criminal justice. Outside of work, Jim has served as co-chair of the Young Friends of the Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project—where he has also worked on mitigation materials for former juvenile lifers’ re-sentencing hearings—and sits on the legal committees of the ACLU affiliates in Pennsylvania and Delaware. During law school, Jim also worked in Georgetown’s Institute for Public Representation clinic on behalf of families trying to to make prison phone calls more affordable, and spent his second summer interning at the Southern Poverty Law Center, advocating for sentencing reform to benefit prisoners serving long terms because of a “three strikes” law.

Outside of work, Jim enjoys cooking for large groups of people, reading contemporary fiction, and cycling.