Felipe De Jesús Hernández

Felipe De Jesús Hernández

Felipe De Jesús Hernández is a litigation associate in the Los Angeles office of Munger, Tolles & Olson.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Hernández was a Harvard Law Review Fellow in the MacArthur Justice Center’s Appellate and Supreme Court Program, where he brought constitutional appeals and cert petitions to end solitary confinement. He also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Roger L. Gregory of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the Honorable Raymond A. Jackson of the United States District Court, Eastern District of Virginia.

Mr. Hernández earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School where he was recognized with the Justice Cruz Reynoso Community Service Award and the Irving Oberman Memorial Writing Prize for Law & Social Change. He was named Law Scholar of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund. While in law school, he served as managing editor for the Harvard BlackLetter Law Journal and executive editor of online content for the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. He was a student attorney and co-director of the Family Law Practice Group at the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, a board member of the Harvard Law Defenders, and a founding board member of the First Class Law Students Association.

Before attending law school, Mr. Hernández earned his M.S. in evidence-based social intervention and policy evaluation from the University of Oxford, United Kingdom, and an M.S. with distinction, in education, policy, and international development from the University of Bristol, United Kingdom. He previously worked on educational equity and policy at Improve Your Tomorrow Inc. and at the California State Senate. He earned both a B.A., magna cum laude, in political science with honors and a B.Mus., cum laude, in guitar/lute with honors from the University of California, Irvine where he was recognized as a Truman Scholar (CA ’12), Fulbright Scholar (’13), and Marshall Scholar (’15).

In 2023, he was appointed to serve on the Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Appellate Panel for the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Publications

  • “Extrajudicial Segregation: Challenging Solitary Confinement in Immigration Prisons,” Harvard Law Review Forum, Vol. 137:175, February 2024.
  • “Respondiendo a los efectos sistémicos de la colonialidad, supremacía blanca y opresión del poder jurídico bruto: Aportes contra-disciplinarios de la teoría crítica del derecho” in Teoría Crítica del Derecho y Justicia Social en las Américas, Hugo Rojas Corral y Sheila Vélez Martínez eds. (Tirant lo Blanch, 2024) (with Margaret E. Montoya).
  • “Critical Race Theory: Inside and Beyond the Ivory Tower,” UCLA Law Review, Vol. 69, Disc. 118 (2022) (with Melanie Fontes and Li Reed).
  • “Not a Matter of If, But ‘When’: Expanding the Immigration Caging Regime Regardless of Nielsen,” Notes, Harvard Latinx Law Review, Vol. 22 (2019).
  • “Abolishing the Toxic ‘Tough-on-Immigration’ Paradigm,” Harvard Kennedy School Journal of Hispanic Policy, Vol. 31 (2019).

Publications

  • “Extrajudicial Segregation: Challenging Solitary Confinement in Immigration Prisons,” Harvard Law Review Forum, Vol. 137:175, February 2024.
  • “Respondiendo a los efectos sistémicos de la colonialidad, supremacía blanca y opresión del poder jurídico bruto: Aportes contra-disciplinarios de la teoría crítica del derecho” in Teoría Crítica del Derecho y Justicia Social en las Américas, Hugo Rojas Corral y Sheila Vélez Martínez eds. (Tirant lo Blanch, 2024) (with Margaret E. Montoya).
  • “Critical Race Theory: Inside and Beyond the Ivory Tower,” UCLA Law Review, Vol. 69, Disc. 118 (2022) (with Melanie Fontes and Li Reed).
  • “Not a Matter of If, But ‘When’: Expanding the Immigration Caging Regime Regardless of Nielsen,” Notes, Harvard Latinx Law Review, Vol. 22 (2019).
  • “Abolishing the Toxic ‘Tough-on-Immigration’ Paradigm,” Harvard Kennedy School Journal of Hispanic Policy, Vol. 31 (2019).