National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy

Jennifer Mathis, J.D.

Jennifer Mathis is Director of Programs 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.


Before accepting a position with the Bazelon Center, she 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.