Jihan Carswell is a Bridgeport, Connecticut native and activist. She attended the City College of New York where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts and Psychology. There, she was a member of the Harlem Repertoire Theatre, Vice President of the African Dance Association and Treasurer for the New York Public Interest Research Group. She was able to take advantage of the many study abroad programs in which she was exposed to multiple languages and cultures. With her education and world experience, she worked for community and art centers such as Hall Neighborhood House and the Music and Art Center for Humanity as an instructor, director and program coordinator. Such institutions nurtured the importance of art expression for inner city children. She has also worked for the Bridgeport Department of Education teaching dance, creative writing, body movement and theatre.
After many years of working creatively in the Art industry, she made a career switch, becoming a legal assistant for Carswell Law Offices, LLC, a general practice in her hometown. For the past seven years, she has worked as a paralegal/legal assistant aiding with a variety of cases including personal injury, family, worker’s compensation, estate planning and criminal pardons. Jihan has been inspired by her mother, who having been an attorney for 30 plus years, participates in extensive pro-bono work. Similarly, Jihan has assisted with community outreaches such as The Show Love Movement ,The Bridgeport Rescue Mission, Dress for Success/ Stephanie’s Closet and has also established a population re-entry program for convicted felons, called Bridges. This program assists with pardons/expungements, job searches and placement, the interview process and much more. It is through these endeavors that she has gained a sense of the rewarding feeling community advocacy has to offer.
Jihan, while juggling motherhood, is currently a 2L at New England Law | Boston, where she is concentrating on Client Advocacy. She is the 2018-2019 Black Law Students Association President, as well as an intern for Metropolitan Mediation Services. Given the turbulent social climate and the ongoing disparagement in the black community, Jihan was compelled to attend law school in order to become a zealous advocate and a facilitator of change. She plans on bringing the skills and knowledge she attains back to her community to help implement and promote social empathy, diversity, and justice.