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Jennifer Schultz

Campaign Cycle: 2017
Office: Common Pleas Court
Details
First Name
Jennifer
Last Name
Schultz
Status
Defeated
Campaign Cycle
2017
Office
Common Pleas Court
Sitting Judge
No
Party
Democrat
Phone
267-449-5656
Email Address
jenn4judge@gmail.com
Website
http://www.jenn4judge.com
Ballot Position (CP)
21
Ballot Position (MC)
0
Button #
32
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Questionnaire
What has been the general nature of your practice?
My entire career has been in the non-profit sector, presently with Community Legal Services. We do not charge clients for our work. I represent homeowners facing foreclosure, and consumers struggling with debt collectors, student loans, and other matters. I have developed a niche practice helping people buying houses through installment sales agreements, also known as "rent-to-own."
Why do you consider yourself qualified to be judge?
I have devoted my career to giving a voice to those who don't have one. I am a supporter of the Civil Gideon movement, which strives to provide free attorneys in cases where basic human needs are at risk, such as housing or child custody. I have an extensive background in civil litigation. I have represented thousands of clients in my 14 years practicing law.
What is it about our criminal justice system that inspires you?
Innocent until proven guilty. It's so simple, but it's so vital.
What about our current criminal justice system do you believe needs to be reformed?
The collateral consequences of convictions can be serious and long-lasting. Post-conviction, people can face barriers to employment, housing, etc. We should work to ease a person's reentry into a community after they have paid their debt to society.
As a judge, what would your sentencing philosophy be?
You can't use a rubber stamp in sentencing. Each case and each defendant is unique. All the circumstances need to be considered.
Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night thinking about a case and wishing you had handled something differently? If so, please describe one situation.
The cases that give me the most pause are those where I have not yet found a solution to my client's problem. I always look to craft a result that provides a comprehensive solution and one that will put a client on a better path for their life moving forward. Sometimes, that isn't possible, but that is always my aim.
Who are your role models and why?
Senator Elizabeth Warren. She fights for ordinary people. She has a strong voice, and she isn't afraid to use it. She always speaks out against those who seek to disempower the people. She hasn't done one big thing, but it's all the little things day after day, year after year, that add up to big change.
What is your favorite book, movie, or tv show of all time and why did it speak to you so much?
Erin Brockovitch - She's living proof that anyone can make a difference.
Name a song that you were obsessed with as a teenager.
Not just a song, a group - Boyz II Men.
What is you favorite number?
For this campaign, 1, of course!