Jacqueline Baillargeon

Jackie Baillargeon is the project director of The Guardianship Project (TGP). Prior to joining TGP, Jackie was the director of the Gideon Project at the Open Society Foundations (OSF), where she led the foundation's reform efforts related to the death penalty, juvenile justice, indigent defense, and racial profiling. Prior to OSF, she served as a senior trial attorney on matters related to the rights of institutionalized people at the US Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Special Litigation Section; taught at the law schools of American University and Catholic University; was a staff Attorney at the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless where she represented homeless and near-homeless individuals in administrative, judicial and legislative settings; trained, supervised and counseled private and government volunteer attorneys; provided oversight of class action and impact litigation and engaged in legislative advocacy. Jackie’s first job was as a staff attorney at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia where she represented juveniles and adults in the juvenile, misdemeanor, felony, and appellate divisions.  

Jackie is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Harvard Law School. After law school, she clerked for the Honorable Cecil F. Poole of the United States District Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (San Francisco) and the Honorable William G. Young, the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts (Boston).