Law Graduate, Criminal Defense Practice
Janissia Orgill was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She attended Mark Twain for middle school and Poly Prep for high school. In 2011, she graduated from Northwestern University with a B.A. in History and African American Studies. Janissia worked as a paralegal for two years while preparing for law school. Janissia attended American University Washington College of Law (WCL), graduating in 2016 with her juris doctor degree.
While at WCL, Janissia was a member of the Mock Trial Honors Society, where she competed as a general member and served as Vice President of Recruitment. Janissia also was a Dean’s Fellow for the Trial Advocacy Department at WCL. She was also active in WCL’s Black Law Student Association, where she held the position of treasurer. She also served as Chief Justice on the WCL’s Student Bar Association Court of Appeals. Janissia discovered a passion for criminal defense and developed that passion by representing indigent clients while in law school. She worked as a law clerk at Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia and the Office of the Alexandria Public Defender. During the summer of her 2L year, Janissia worked at Neighborhood Defender Services as a Summer Fellow for the National Association for Criminal Defense Lawyers. Janissia also participated in the Criminal Justice Clinic her 3L year, working with the Maryland Office of the Public Defender, representing clients in Montgomery County.
After going to school in Illinois and Washington, D.C., Janissia is excited to finally be back home in Brooklyn, doing the work that she loves for the city she loves.