Women's Law and Public Policy Fellowship Program Staff
Jill C. Morrison is the Executive Director of the Women's Law and Public Policy Fellowship Program (WLPPFP), and Leadership and Advocacy for Women in Africa (LAWA) Program. She also teaches the LAWA seminar, where each of the LLM candidates develops a thesis focusing on a particular human rights issue. Jill returns to the program after thirteen years with the National Women's Law Center, where she began her work as a 1998-1999 WLPPF under the sterling leadership of Mary Hartnett, who remains in the Fellowship family as an advisory board member. At the Center, Jill developed an expertise in the reproductive health law and policy. She developed legal theories to protect and advance access to comprehensive reproductive health services, and to protect the rights of vulnerable pregnant and parenting women.
Prior to joining the Center, Jill served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Sterling Johnson Jr., Eastern District of New York. She also spent a year at the Women's Law Project as a Philadelphia Bar Foundation Fellow, and in private practice with Ballard, Spahr, Andrews & Ingersoll. At Yale Law School, Jill was an editor of the Yale Journal of Law and Feminism and President of the Black Law Students' Association. She received her undergraduate degree in Journalism from Rutgers University.
Jill currently serves on the Advisory Board of Law Students for Reproductive Justice, and as Vice Chair of the Board of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice. As the Director of the Program, she brings her unique perspective as a former fellow, along with extensive knowledge of Washington's vibrant public interest community and a passion for mentoring law students and new attorneys.
Benedicta Darteh, a May 2018 JD Candidate, has served at the Women's Law & Public Policy Fellowship Program's Program Associate since her 1L year. As a JD, Benedicta was disappointed to learn she couldn't actually be a Leadership & Advocacy for Women in Africa Fellow, but has found a way to lend her talents and life-long interest in community service to WLPPFP. Born and raised in Ghana, Benedicta has demonstrated commitment to African women's human rights, and spent her first Winter break assisting a LAWA Alumnae in Accra. She has also interned with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. In addition to ensuring the smooth functioning of the Women's Law & Public Policy Fellowship Program, Benedicta especially enjoys assisting the LAWA Fellows with their writing and presentation skills. Benedicta is a member of the Black Law Students Association, and the Christian Legal Society, as well as a Human Rights Associate Fellow.