Originally from St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, a daughter of immigrant parents, Jedidah Morrell has always been committed to social justice issues. Prior to law school, she dedicated a year of service at an urban middle school in an underserved community in South Florida as an AmeriCorps member. In her role as president of both the American Constitution Society and Lawyers Guild at Chase College of Law, Jedidah organized a food and clothing drive for the often overlooked Caribbean islands which were devastated by two consecutive hurricanes, established an ongoing event educating and helping students contact their state representatives, and collected letters of encouragement for the children who were affected by the water crisis in Flint, Michigan.
Building on her passion to fight for social justice for the most vulnerable and underserved in our community, Jedidah worked with the Children’s Law Center, the Law and Leadership Institute, and the Kentucky Innocence Project at Chase. She also interned with the American Civil Liberties Union in Puerto Rico where she helped an undocumented immigrant from the Dominican Republic fight deportation while being held at a maximum security facility; a 13-year-old face prosecution as an adult; as well as organize events to educate the public about domestic violence and sexual aggression. While in Puerto Rico, Jedidah honed her Spanish language proficiency in order to expand the reach of her legal skills.
In her final year at Chase, Jedidah worked with the Chase Constitution Litigation Clinic at the Ohio Justice and Policy Center advocating on behalf of prisoners and former offenders including fighting on behalf of adequate medical care for an incarcerated client diagnosed with sickle cell anemia, a genetic blood disorder considered a death sentence for those incarcerated due to the high level of medical care required. She also worked with the newly established Hamilton County Municipal Court Help Center assisting pro se litigants navigate the court system with complex housing issues, prepare for court hearings, draft pleadings, and combat other critical legal needs that determine whether people can stay in their homes and secure their families’ economic future.
After graduation, Jedidah plans to devote her professional life to continue her passion for vindicating the human and civil rights of others fighting on behalf of the citizens of the Caribbean and helping ensure justice for all.