Boston University School of Law

Jennifer A. Serafyn

Lecturer in Law
Assistant United States Attorney in the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Massachusetts

B.A., Boston College
J.D., Boston University


Jennifer Serafyn is an assistant United States attorney in the Civil Division of the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Massachusetts. As an assistant, Jennifer both prosecutes cases on behalf of the United States and defends the government, its agencies and employees in cases brought in federal court. Jennifer has handled all aspects of litigation, including depositions, discovery, evidentiary hearings and trial. She has investigated and/or litigated cases involving the civil commitment of sexually dangerous persons under the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act, the False Claims Act, the Federal Tort Claims Act, the Freedom of Information Act and the Clean Water Act. Jennifer is a member of the office's Civil Rights Enforcement Team and has investigated or prosecuted cases under the Fair Housing Act, the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Jennifer has been a lecturer at the law school, teaching in the First Year Legal Research and Writing Program for five years; she currently teaches a seminar on government lawyering. Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney's Office in 2008, Jennifer worked as an associate in the Labor and Employment group at Seyfarth Shaw LLP, where her practice focused on defending employers in discrimination lawsuits and wage and hour class actions, and was an associate in the Commercial Litigation group at Riker, Danzig, Scherer, Hyland and Perretti LLP in Morristown, New Jersey.

Jennifer received her J.D. from the law school in 2001 with a concentration in Litigation and Dispute Resolution. During law school, she participated in the Homer Albers moot court competition, where she received the Best Brief award. She served as president of the Public Interest Project and received a public interest grant, which she used to fund a summer internship at the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights. Jennifer also was a member of the American Journal of Law and Medicine and participated in the criminal clinic. Upon graduation, Jennifer received the Spencer R. Koch Memorial Award for Alumni Service and the Faculty Award for Community Service. Jennifer received her B.A. in English from Boston College. She spent her junior year abroad at Oxford University where she received a Full Blue award as a member of the Oxford University Varsity Women's Basketball Team.

Jennifer is a member of the Federal Bar Association, the Boston Bar Association and the National Association of Assistant United States Attorneys. She was selected to the Boston Bar Association's Public Interest Leadership Program and was elected to a five-year term on the Massachusetts Democratic Party's Judicial Council. She previously served on the board of Opera Boston and is an active volunteer in Discovering Justice's Kids, Courts and Citizenship program.

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