Jennifer Merrigan

Improving Representation for Wrongfully Convicted and Sentenced Youth

Jennifer Merrigan currently serves as a Stoneleigh Fellow with Phillips Black. In this role, she is collaborating with a team at Phillips Black and the Conviction Integrity Unit at the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office to improve the representation of wrongfully convicted and sentenced youth.

Jennifer is a co-founding principal attorney at Phillips Black, a non-profit law practice focused on post-conviction defense, consulting with counsel in death penalty and death by incarceration cases, conducting post-conviction clinical trainings, and developing research on the administration of criminal justice. She opened Phillips Black’s Philadelphia office in 2014. In addition, Jennifer is an adjunct law professor at Washington University School of Law and Saint Louis University School of Law. Previously, she served as an Assistant Federal Defender in the Capital Habeas Unit in Delaware. She is a frequent presenter on capital defense and has co-authored numerous law review articles.

Jennifer holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from DePaul University and a JD from the University of Missouri at Kansas City.

Stoneleigh Fellow

2022 – 2025

Phillips Black


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