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Jennifer C. Braceras

former Civil Rights Commissioner

Jennifer C. Braceras writes about politics, law, and culture. Her columns and essays have appeared in a variety of publications, including the Boston Globe, the Boston Herald, National Review Online, the Wall Street Journal, and The Weekly Standard. Jennifer has appeared as a commentator on politics and legal issues on ABC News, CNN, FOX News, New England Cable News (NECN), and National Public Radio.

After graduating magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Jennifer worked in Washington, D.C., where she served as a researcher at the Republican National Committee and a staff assistant in the Office of Vice President Dan Quayle.

Jennifer went on to graduate cum laude from Harvard Law School, where she served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review. After law school, she served as a law clerk to Judge William G. Young of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts and to Judge Ralph K. Winter of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Jennifer then practiced law for four years with the Boston firm of Ropes & Gray where she specialized in employment litigation and counseling.

In 2000 Jennifer left private law practice to pursue independent research at Harvard Law School and serve as Senior Fellow for Legal Policy with the Washington, D.C.-based Independent Women’s Forum (IWF). That same year, the Boston Globe hired Jennifer to write weekly political columns during the fall election season. For her work at the Globe, particularly her insightful legal and political commentary, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly recognized Jennifer as one of the state’s most influential Lawyers of the Year.

In 2001 President George W. Bush appointed Jennifer to a six-year term on the United States Commission on Civil Rights. During her service as a Commissioner (a part-time post), she continued to work as a freelance columnist and taught civil rights courses as an adjunct member of the faculties of Boston College Law School and Suffolk University Law School. Since 2006, she has served on the Board of Trustees the University of Massachusetts, her alma mater.

In addition to writing, Jennifer is a full-time hockey mom. She lives near Boston with her husband and four children.

Publications and Multimedia
Is There a War on Women? - Podcast
Civil Rights Practice Group Podcast
May 30, 2013
Ledbetter and Beyond: Does the Media Oversimplify Gender Issues? - Event Audio/Video
Civil Rights Practice Group and the Committee for Justice
October 11, 2012
Shakespeare and the Art of Judging - Event Audio/Video
Boston Lawyers Chapter
June 12, 2007
Affirmative Action & Gender Equity: New Rules Under Title IX?
Civil Rights Practice Group Newsletter - Volume 3, Issue 1, Spring 1999
May 01, 1999