If you’re lucky, a sweep starts with a flier. A copy-paper-sized posting informs residents of a homeless encampment that they have three days to go somewhere else — … read more
Jay Willis is an Associate in the Environmental and Natural Resources practice group. Jay focuses his practice on federal environmental compliance and litigation, including representation of clients in multiparty allocation and cost recovery actions under CERCLA.
Before joining Riddell Williams, Jay was an associate at K&L Gates in Washington, D.C., where his practice focused on administrative enforcement, litigation and public policy matters. Jay has also completed internships with the Office of Senator Dianne Feinstein, the Office of Congresswoman Barbara Lee and the New York City Law Department. Prior to law school, he conducted case intake for a boutique employment litigation law firm in Washington, D.C. Jay is also a former contributor to SCOTUSblog.
Author of “Sweeps Trample the Rights and Lives of the City’s Homeless” (May 2016) (PDF)
Author of “Everett’s Anti-Camping Law Criminalizes Homelessness” which first appeared in the Everett Herald on February 5, 2016
Panelist, “New Residential Mortgage Rules Affecting the Origination and Closing Processes,” Pennsylvania Bar Institute CLE (July 22, 2015)
Dean’s Scholar Prize, Harvard Law School, Spring 2013 (Legal History: American Legal Education)
Dean’s Scholar Prize, Harvard Law School, Spring 2011 (Legal Research & Writing)
Jay received his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2013. In law school, he served as National Campaign Chair for the HLS Democrats and as a Project Director for the HLS Mississippi Delta Project. Jay received a B.A. in Social Welfare from the University of California, Berkeley, with High Honors and High Distinction, in 2009.
Jay Willis's NEWS, EVENTS, AND PUBLICATIONS
Information Gathering in Environmental Litigation: Recent Amendments to Federal Discovery Rules Highlight Importance of Public Records Requests
Introduction December 2015 amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP) made some of the most significant changes in decades to the rules governing civil discovery. Experts … read more
Key Takeaways Six West Coast cities have sued the Monsanto Company to recover costs of cleaning up waterways contaminated by polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs. The municipalities have alleged … read more
How should the Pacific Northwest’s rapidly-growing communities respond to rising levels of homelessness, inequality and poverty? They certainly have options available: They can fund more shelter beds, or … read more
Emerson Hilton and Jay Willis, two experienced associates, have joined Riddell Williams. Emerson Hilton joins the Environmental practice group with over four years of experience. He focuses his … read more