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Christopher Jennison

Legal Fellow for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid

Washington D.C. Metro Area
Law Practice
  1. U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission,
  2. U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid,
  3. Syracuse Law and Civic Engagement (SLACE) Forum
  1. Office of the Montgomery County State's Attorney,
  2. LawHelp/NY,
  3. Simon's Fund
  1. Syracuse University College of Law
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U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

Honors Intern

– Present

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Graduate of the University of Pennsylvania's Fels Institute of Government with a Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.), and currently a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) candidate at Syracuse University's College of Law.

I am externing with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for the fall 2014 semester, and I interned with the Family Violence Division of the Montgomery County (MD) State's Attorney for the summer of 2014. Additionally, I serve as the 2nd Circuit Governor for the ABA's Law Student Division, representing and providing programming to more than 13,000 law students among 15 law schools in New York.

Passionate about public service and experienced in political advocacy and strategic communications, I am interested in pursuing a career in criminal law, government relations, or politics in Maryland or Washington, D.C. My previous employment spans government agencies, political campaigns, nonprofits, and multinational corporations.


Syracuse University College of Law

Juris Doctorate (J.D.), Criminal Law

Activities and Societies: Syracuse University Ambulance, American Constitution Society, Student Bar Association, Faculty Curriculum Committee, Law Ambassador, Syracuse Law and Community Engagement (SLACE) Forum, Syracuse Public Interest Network (2014-2015 Fellow, Financial Director), American Bar Association, Criminal Law Society

University of Pennsylvania

Master's Degree, Public Administration

Activities and Societies: Fels Institute of Government, GAPSA Representative- UPenn Public Safety Advisory Board, Mt. Laurel EMS, Fels Ambassadors, Wharton Social Impact Conference 2012

Syracuse University

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Public Relations, Policy Studies

Graduated cum laude and with Departmental Honors

Activities and Societies: Public Relations Student Society of America (Executive Board), Hill Communications (Assistant Director), Senior Newhouse Peer Advisor, Remembrance Scholar, Syracuse University Ambulance (Field Supervisor), Undergraduate Student Association, Undergraduate Student Representative to the Board of Trustees (Elected- At Large)

The Interdisciplinary Center (Herzliya, Israel)

Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy, Study Abroad

Joint program between the Interdisciplinary Center and Syracuse University focused on counter-terrorism and conflict resolution. This multi-week program combined visits to historical sites with a lecture/discussion series led by experts on Israeli and Middle Eastern conflict, terrorism & human rights.

Montgomery Blair High School

Communication Arts Program (CAP)


Honors Intern

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
– Present (1 month)Washington D.C. Metro Area

Selected to participate in the SEC's 2015 summer Student Honors Program.

Legal Fellow

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
– Present (4 months)Washington, D.C.

Serving as sole full-time clerk for Senator Reid, his Chief Counsel and his legal team for the fall semester; working with legal staff on issues of legislative interest, including patent, labor, health and communications laws, immigration, judiciary matters.

Lead Articles Editor, Webmaster

Syracuse Law and Civic Engagement (SLACE) Forum
– Present (8 months)Syracuse, NY

The position of Lead Articles Editor is the primary scholarly and academic office on the Editorial Board of the Syracuse Law and Civic Engagement (SLACE) forum. Lead Articles Editors oversee the publication process of articles selected for publication in the SLACE journal, and act as a liaison between SLACE and the authors and coordinate efforts to locate sources. Moreover, LAEs provide direct editorial supervision of members throughout the performance of cite-checking and proofreading assignments.

SLACE is an interdisciplinary journal encouraging and engaging in public discourse. More information on SLACE is available at

2nd Circuit Governor (Law Student Division)

American Bar Association
– Present (9 months)New York

Representing law students of the 2nd Circuit, comprised of the 15 law schools in New York, on the Law Student Division (ABA LSD) Board of Governors. Circuit Governor responsibilities include:
- Oversight of ABA LSD regional activities at every ABA-approved law school within the circuit.
- Represent the interests and communicate the needs of law students attending the ABA-approved law schools in circuit.
- Develop a plan of action for circuit to include public interest initiatives, programming, membership outreach, etc.

For more information on the 2nd Circuit, please visit:

Additionally, I am serving as Co-Chair of the Resolutions and Advocacy Committee and sit on the Operations & Publications committee of the LSD.

I am also a member of the ABA's:
- Criminal Justice Section (Committees: Juvenile Justice, Law Student Activities, Legislative & Policy, and Sentencing);
- Business Law Section (Committees: White Collar Crime, Federal Regulation of Securities, and Young Lawyer);
- Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar;
- Section of Litigation (Committees: Criminal Litigation, Judicial Intern Opportunity Program, Technology for the Litigator);
- Section of State and Local Government Law (Committees: Emergency Management/Homeland Security, Government Operations and Liability, Public Education, and Young Lawyers)
- Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division; and the
- Forum on Communications Law.

Field Training Officer (formerly Field Supervisor)

Syracuse University Ambulance
– Present (6 years 3 months)Syracuse, New York Area

Volunteering as a University ambulance member for this New York State accredited crisis management team, with responsibilities including:
• Overseeing EMT-Basic crews of up to 3 other personnel
• Responding to critical calls to provide emergency medical treatment
• Interfacing with paramedic squads, hospital and student health services personnel, university and city police
• Coordinating innovative general membership training sessions
• Overseeing operational training within crews and conducting one-on-one trainings with junior members.

From May 2010-May 2012, while an upperclassman, I was a Field Supervisor for SUA, averaging 45 hours per week. Logged over 5,000 hours and responded to over 500 medical emergencies between September 2008 and May 2012.

For more information, visit our website at

Legal Intern

Office of the Montgomery County State's Attorney
(4 months)rockville, md

Working with the Family Violence Division on matters of domestic violence, rape, sexual abuse of children, and child pornography, my responsibilities included:
- Drafted criminal informations, in limine motions, and sentencing memoranda;
- Assisting in World Elder Abuse Awareness Day events throughout the county;
- Gathering evidence (interviewing victims/witnesses, transcribing jail calls) and preparing those materials for trial; and
- Attending Circuit Court proceedings.

Law Student Volunteer

(4 months)

LawHelp is a website designed to provide free legal information to New York State residents. Volunteers help to staff LiveHelp, an online, real-time chat service that directs users towards relevant self-help materials, legal assistance organizations and court information.

Legislative Aide (Volunteer)

Simon's Fund
(11 months)Greater Philadelphia Area

• Working with this cardiac awareness organization to push the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act beyond the state of Pennsylvania.
• Interacting with state legislators to develop unique legislative strategies for each state
• Creating database of legislators with an interest in heart health and youth wellness for internal use


The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act mirrors the popular Lystedt Law and has three primary components: Parents of student athletes in the public school system must review and sign an information sheet about the warning signs and conditions of sudden cardiac arrest; coaches must take an annual online training course about sudden cardiac arrest; and coaches must remove a player from competition that exhibit symptoms of sudden cardiac arrest, and the player may not return until cleared by a licensed medical professional.

Legislative Affairs Intern

U.S. Department of State
(4 months)Washington D.C. Metro Area

• Assist directly in document review to comply with subpoenas from the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on security-sensitive topics
• Support Bureau’s Legislative Management Officers (LMOs) on various projects, particularly in the Public Diplomacy portfolio
• Track congressional legislation that contained Department of State equity
• Produce briefs for Department officials used in congressional hearings
• Redesign newsletter to promote State Department programming and news to Capitol Hill staffers, distributed to over 4,000 subscribers; implemented metric tools to track content click-through rate


The Bureau of Legislative Affairs is the Bureau which coordinates legislative activity between the State Department and Congress. The bureau also manages State Department testimony before Congressional hearings, advises the Secretary on legislative matters, and manages congressional delegations abroad.

Campaign Manager

Dan Cowen for Syracuse
(6 months)Syracuse, New York Area

Provided oversight for then 22-year-old Dan Cowen's campaign for an At-Large council seat in the City of Syracuse, including:
• Managing a team of staff members, interns and short-term volunteers
• Interacting with local and regional journalists to provide background on campaign news (generating 10+ articles, more than any other city races)
• Launching innovative campaign initiatives, including our own canvassing application, the first active campaign social media accounts in the region (with more than 750 followers), and an online town hall (with over 750 views and 20 active participants)

District Intern, Office of U.S. Rep. Allyson Y. Schwartz

U.S. House of Representatives
(7 months)Greater Philadelphia Area

• Performing administrative duties and assist with researching for case and legislative issues
• Work with constituents to help resolve questions they may have regarding federal agencies
• Promote Congresswoman Schwartz's issue positions

Public Relations Intern

Ketchum Public Relations
(2 months)Dubai, UAE

Selected by a committee of faculty from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication to intern with Ketchum RAAD Middle East during the summer of 2012. While at this public relations consultancy, which is a Middle East and Northern Africa regional operation for Ketchum's worldwide network, I:
• Provided support across many account teams, including those for PepsiCo, healthcare (AstraZeneca and Sanofi), and Cartoon Network Arabic.
• Drafted and editing speeches and press releases
• Completed research reports and competitive analyses
• Was instrumental in planning and executing the 2nd Annual PepsiCo Youth CSR Forum (

Public Affairs Intern

City of Syracuse - Mayor's Office
(5 months)Syracuse, New York Area

Working within the now-defunct Bureau of Planning & Sustainability, I:
• Managed short-term projects to identify innovative urban governing techniques across the country that could be implemented in Syracuse
• Conducted research for the Director of the Bureau
• Spearheaded a project to analyze data about special lighting districts throughout the City and develop policy recommendations and updates (The final product identified over $40,000 in taxable lighting that was not recognized legally by City ordinances and over 30 possible lighting districts that were legally created in City legislation were identified as being not taxed by the city)

Undergraduate Representative

Syracuse University Board of Trustees
(1 year 1 month)Syracuse, New York Area

While serving as the elected undergraduate representative to the Board of Trustees, I:
• Delivered monthly written reports and quarterly presentations to the Board about recent student issues and initiatives
• Ensured that student opinions are represented at the highest level of decision making of the University
• Worked closely with administration officials to ensure that all student concerns are addressed, including overcrowding in dorms, U.S. News rankings, campus safety, and the MayFest redesign

Communications & Public Affairs Intern

Lockheed Martin IS&GS- Civil
(1 year 1 month)Rockville, MD

Assisted the communications leadership staff in a range of public relations functions:
- Helped coordinate community and relations publications and events;
- Drafted and edited documents and presentations on several product lines;
- Developed social media analyses & plans;
- Assisted with key messaging for major initiatives and contract pursuits,including the communications plan for $2B contract win from the National Science Foundation.

Assistant Director, Communications

Hill Communications
(1 year 2 months)Syracuse, New York Area

As an Assistant Director, I work closely with the firm director to monitor all campaign activity and progress. I was also responsible for :
• Administrative duties such as list-serv communication and development
• Conducting training workshops
• Assembling and monitoring account teams

During the spring semester of 2011, I served as an Account Supervisor overseeing the project team for the Burton Blatt Institute, a disability advocacy think-tank headquartered at Syracuse University, where I:
• Coordinated a six-person team to conduct focus groups and surveys around the Syracuse University campus and city throughout the semester
• Conducted in-depth research into the public websites and communication formats for comparable think-tanks
• Drafted a 24-page report of our findings for client use

Teaching Assistant

Syracuse University Public Affairs Department
(2 years 5 months)Syracuse, New York Area

Served as a teaching assistant for PAF410: The Legislative Process, where I redesigned and implemented a Congressional simulation course, and as a teaching assistant for PAF101, the Public Policy introductory course of almost 100 students.

Government Relations Intern

CenterState Corporation for Economic Opportunity
(5 months)Syracuse, New York

Worked in conjunction with the Vice President for Public Policy to execute planned initiatives, including developing a comprehensive report to support the (ultimately successful) effort to designate Hancock Field as a Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) test site, in order to bring in needed business to central New York (early groundwork for the regional coalition called Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research Alliance (NUAIR)).


Community Link Program
(4 months)Syracuse, New York Area

Worked within the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs' Policy Studies Department on the Community Link Program. For this project, I worked with Chief Mark McLees of the Syracuse Fire Department to analyze the dispatch data of the heavy extrication Rescue unit in comparison to the light Rescue truck and research resource-deployment and utilization schemes in other cities.

Government Relations Intern

Mercury Public Affairs
(3 months)Washington D.C. Metro Area


National Association of EMTs

– Present

American Bar Association

Student Member; Governor, 2nd Circuit, Law Student Division
– Present

Maryland State Bar Association

Law Student Member
– Present

Bar Association of the District of Columbia

Student Member
– Present

New York State Bar Association

– Present

Washington Council of Lawyers

Law Student Member
– Present

Strathmore Bel Pre Civic Association

– Present


Emergency Medical Technician

New York State Department of Health

Emergency Medical Technician

New Jersey Department of Health

CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer

Red Cross

National Incident Management System 100/200/700

Federal Emergency Management Agency
– Present

Emergency Medical Dispatch

National Academy of Emergency Medical Dispatch

Critical Incident Stress Manager

International Critical Incident Stress Foundation
– Present

Honors & Awards

Orange Law Scholarship

Syracuse University College of Law

Upon receiving my acceptance to Syracuse University College of Law I was also presented with the Orange Law Scholarship, given due to my LSAT score and undergraduate GPA.

Remembrance Scholar

Syracuse University

The Remembrance Scholarship, one of the highest awards a Syracuse University student can receive, is given to seniors chosen for distinguished scholarship, citizenship, and service to the community in honor of the 35 Syracuse students lost on Pan Am 103.

Newhouse Dean’s Representative to the Commencement Speaker Selection Committee

S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication

Participated in the 2012 Commencement Speaker selection, representing the Newhouse c/o 2012.

The Public Relations Public Service Award

S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications

For an outstanding graduating senior who has made significant contributions to the common good through personal participation in important service activities both on campus and in the community.

SPIN Fellow 2014-15

Syracuse Public Interest Network


Syracuse University College of Law

  • Criminal Law (LAW604)
  • Sentencing Law & Policy (LAW609)

University of Pennsylvania

  • Political Conventions, Debates & Compaigns (GAFL519)
  • Economic Analysis in the Public Sector (GAFL621)
  • Politics & Public Leadership (GAFL631)
  • Statistics for Public Leadership (GAFL703)
  • Speech Writing (GAFL503)
  • Business of Public Finance Investment Banking (GAFL515)
  • Public Management (GAFL732)
  • Performance Management (GAFL735)
  • Public Financial Management: Budgeting & Accounting (GAFL783)


Snapshot: An Examination of Swing Counties in the 2012 Presidential Election

This report was the culminating project, written under the supervision of Professors David Eisenhower, Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky, and David Thornburgh, of the "Conventions, Campaigns & Debates" course co-taught at the Fels Institute of Government and the Annenberg School for Communication. In the 2012 election, electoral math was being calculated by both tickets. Political strategists drilled down demographics to an unprecedented level to design campaigns targeted at specific counties in a way that could deliver an entire state's electoral votes. This paper provides an overview of those counties and an analysis of the tactics used to target them.

Team members:

The Central New York Unmanned Aircraft Systems (CNYUAS) Test Site Initiative

This project, developed for the CenterState Corporation for Economic Opportunity, laid the groundwork for a strategic overview and proposal for designating the Syracuse-area's Hancock Airport as an unmanned aircraft test site. The overview provided background on other possible sites, a study of the economic impact of Syracuse winning a site selection bid, and examination of the key decision-makers involved. The current iteration of the project is led by Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research Alliance (NUAIR), a coalition of Syracuse-area businesses.

The Unseen Side of Suicide Bombing

A comprehensive examination of the demographics and motivating factors of suicide bombings in the past 100 years. Focused especially on women and children as suicide bombers.

Team members:

Analysis of the Syracuse Fire Department's Rescue Division(Link)

Analysis of the rescue unit dispatch data. The final report highlighted the value of the Rescue division so that the SFD Chief could defend his budget against citywide cuts.


  • Public Policy
  • Public Relations
  • Strategic Communications
  • Politics
  • Social Media
  • Policy Analysis
  • Policy
  • Government
  • Public Speaking
  • Speech Writing
  • Political Campaigns
  • Legislative Advocacy
  • Legislative Relations
  • Public Affairs
  • Research
  • Public Administration
  • Emergency Management
  • Campaign Management
  • Campaign Planning
  • Event Management
  • Qualitative Research
  • Leadership
  • Public Policy Research
  • Legislative Research
  • Logistics Management
  • Emergency Operations
  • ProQuest
  • Performance Management
  • CQ Researcher
  • LexisNexis
  • Factiva
  • Knowlegis
  • Courage
  • Community Outreach
  • Legislation
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  1. English

    Native or bilingual proficiency
  2. Arabic

    Elementary proficiency

Volunteer Experience & Causes

Volunteer EMT

Syracuse University Ambulance

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