24 Oct Lindsay Harrison ’00
Lindsay Harrison is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of the law firm Jenner & Block. She assists corporations and individuals with federal and state appellate and U.S. Supreme Court litigation, as well as in federal and state trial courts and arbitrations.
A 2003 cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School, Harrison first worked at Jenner & Block as a summer associate while earning her law degree. During that period, she worked on Lawrence v. Texas (2003), the landmark case that overturned the 1986 Supreme Court Bowers v. Hardwick decision criminalizing same-sex sexual conduct. She went on to successfully argue several cases before the Supreme Court, most notably Nken v. Holder (2009) and Welch v. United States (2016). Not only did the 2009 case mark the first time she had ever argued before any appellate court—it also set a legal precedent, changing the deportation stay standard in federal court. In Welch v. United States, she helped end mandatory minimum sentences, which the Supreme Court found in violation of the Constitution.
Harrison graduated summa cum laude from USC with a double major in political science and gender studies from the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, and a minor in cinema-television from the USC School of Cinematic Arts.
In 2017, she received a Distinguished Alumni Award at USC Lambda’s 25th Anniversary Gala.