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#CovLatinx Spotlight Series: Jazzirelle Hill

September 20, 2019

Jazzirelle Hill’s practice focuses on complex civil litigation and white collar defense matters. Ms. Hill has experience representing major companies in federal civil litigation, disputes before international tribunals, and both civil and criminal investigations by the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Hill clerked for The Honorable Raymond A. Jackson of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

As a lawyer at Covington, how has your cultural background influenced the manner in which you approach your work?

My background has influenced my work on both commercial and pro bono matters in that I am able to bring a cultural intelligence that allows me to connect with clients. For example, I travelled to South America for meetings with a Spanish speaking client we represented in an arbitration, and I was able to be a bridge to help connect our English speaking expert witnesses and the client. As another example, I represent a client from El Salvador in a Special Immigrant Juvenile Status pro bono matter. This matter involves sensitive family issues, and my cultural competency allowed me to develop a trusting working relationship with the client. I am not fluent in Spanish, but my proficiency has come in handy in many instances and my Spanish-speaking clients appreciate my effort to communicate in their native language.

What role do specialty bar associations play in the career development of their members?

Specialty bar associations play an important role in the development of their members. I have been involved with the Hispanic Bar Association of DC (HBA-DC) since I was a first year law student and ultimately served as a member of the board of directors, which was an excellent opportunity for me to develop my leadership skills. HBA-DC provides valuable professional development through programming for legal professionals at all stages of their career such as law student focused programming, the Latina Leadership Academy, and trainings focused on different sectors of the law. HBA-DC provides a great opportunity to create contacts throughout the legal field. Through HBA-DC I was able to meet other Latino attorneys, judges, and law students. I was even introduced to Covington through a law student resume workshop which HBA-DC has hosted at the firm for several years.

What advice would you give your younger self, with regard to your legal career?

As a first generation college and law school graduate, I have faced many firsts in life that my family has not experienced. I would advise my younger self to never be afraid to be the first to do anything and to go forth boldly and confidently because you are setting the stage for many to come after you.

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