Jamila Jefferson Jones

Adjunct Faculty
Visiting Professor of Law
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Professor Jamila Jefferson-Jones teaches courses in Property, Real Estate Transactions and Professional Responsibility. Her scholarship reflects her intellectual interest in theories of property and ownership as well as in property and wealth attainment by communities and groups on the margins of society. Her recent work has three strands: (1) the interplay between and among sex, race, status and property; (2) the intersection of property and criminal justice theory; and (3) the regulation of the housing sector of the sharing economy. Prior to entering academia, Professor Jefferson-Jones practiced law at firms in the District of Columbia and in her home town of New Orleans. Her areas of practice included business counsel, transactions, real estate and insurance matters, as well as civil and commercial litigation. She has also served as a staff attorney in the Orleans Public Defenders office. Professor Jefferson-Jones is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. At Harvard Law School, she was an executive editor of the Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review and delivered the graduate English oration at the university’s 346th commencement.

Courses Taught:

  • Special Topics: Fair Housing
  • Property


J.D., Harvard Law School, 1997; A.B., Harvard University, 1994. 

Selected Publications

Can Short-Term Rental Arrangements Increase Home Values?: A Case for Airbnb and Other Home Sharing Arrangements The Cornell Real Estate REview, Vol. 13, June 2015
Airbnb and the Housing Segment of the Modern 'Sharing Economy': Are Short-Term Rental Restrictions an Unconstitutional Taking? Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly, Vol. 42, 2015
Shut Out of Airbnb: A Proposal for Remedying Housing Discrimination in the Modern Sharing Economy Fordham Urban Law Journal, Vol. XLIII, 2016
The Exchange of Inmate Organs for Liberty: Diminishing the 'Yuck Factor' in the Bioethics Repugnance Debate Journal of Gender, Race and Justice, Vol. 16, No. 105, 2013

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