Jacqueline Kutnik-Bauder joined the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs as Deputy Legal Director in October 2020.

Prior to joining the Committee, Jacqueline was the Managing Attorney for Civil Rights and Systemic Litigation at ArchCity Defenders. In that role, she led a team of attorneys challenging unconstitutional policing practices, setting of excessive bonds by state and municipal courts, as well as unlawful conditions and civil right violations of pre-trial detainees held in Saint Louis jails.

Jacqueline began her legal career at the Youth Advocacy Unit of the Missouri State Public Defender’s Office, where she provided specialized representation to children and youth involved in the juvenile criminal justice system. She went on to become the Managing Attorney for the Children’s Legal Alliance at Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, where she supervised a team of attorneys and social workers representing children in education related administrative and civil hearings. Between her time at the Children’s Legal Alliance and ArchCity Defenders, Jacqueline spent a decade as a law professor at Saint Louis University, teaching legal research and writing, appellate advocacy, pre-trial civil drafting, and criminal procedure.


  • J.D., Washington University in Saint Louis
  • M.S.W., Washington University in Saint Louis
  • B.A., University of California at Davis


  • 2016 Women’s Justice Award Legal Scholar Honoree
  • 2016 Missouri Bar Pro Bono Wall of Fame Inductee

Professional Activities:

  • Member of the Federal Bar Association
  • Member Bar Association of Metropolitan Saint Louis’ and former Secretary of the Minorities in the Legal Profession Committee
  • Former judicial law clerk to the Hon. Nancy J. Rosenstengel, Chief Judge of the Southern District of Illinois, and Hon. Donald G. Wilkerson, Magistrate Judge Southern District of Illinois.

Bar Admissions:

  • Missouri
  • District of Columbia (pending)

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