Jill A. Collins

Associate Director of Student Affairs

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Jill Collins is originally from Allentown, Pennsylvania, but has called Boston her official home since 2006. Jill received her B.A. in political science from Boston College, magna cum laude. She went on to receive her JD from the University of Notre Dame Law School, cum laude. During her time in law school, Jill was active in the Public Interest Law Forum, as well as with the Legal Aid Clinic focusing on general poverty law matters. Outside of the law school building, Jill spent most of her 2L and 3L time living and working in an undergraduate women’s dorm as an assistant rector (a.k.a. assistant hall director). In that role, Jill counseled students on a wide range of issues and oversaw hall government, in addition to overseeing hall staff and disciplinary issues in conjunction with the rector.

Following graduation, Jill joined the Individual Clients Department at Day Pitney LLP (formerly Day, Berry & Howard LLP), and spent the next six years focusing on estate planning, estate administration, trust administration, and tax-exempt law. While at Day Pitney, Jill served as a mentor to summer associates and newer associates, and ran the Boston office summer program in 2008. She also became a mentor to a law student through the Boston Lawyers Group mentoring program.

Re-entering higher education and working directly with students was a major (though mostly secret) goal of Jill’s during her years in private practice. Jill couldn’t have imagined a more perfect position than this to combine her desire to work with students and her experiences as a practicing attorney.

Outside of the office, Jill loves to bake and cook (and eat!), watch bad television, take long walks along the beaches in Southie with her two little boys, and ski and travel when possible. These days Jill isn’t collecting too many frequent flyer miles, but feel free to ask her to reminisce about her semester in Quito, Ecuador (and related travels to the jungle, Machu Picchu, the Galapagos Islands, and gorgeous, undeveloped beaches) or her love of exceptional croissants that developed after a long weekend in Paris.

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