Trinity Jordan at graduation
Not many can be credited with assisting individuals to establish over 200 churches around the world. Prior to attending Miami Law, Miami Scholar Trinity Jordan, JD ’15 could. He even wrote a book on the topic. As he was not yet a lawyer, he referred the churches and other non-profits he assisted to attorneys for their legal needs. Now, he provides the legal expertise himself. He performs this work pro bono, and does holistic consultations for start-up non-profits and churches around the globe. A former minister, published author, and motivational speaker, he was already impacting lives and communities before he entered law school. Miami Law gave him the tools and networks that have enabled him to make an even larger impact.
In addition to churches, Jordan has helped a wide-variety of innovative non-profits start-up. For example, he has worked with F.R.E.E. International—a non-profit working to end sex and labor trafficking in the United States. F.R.E.E. International provides outreach and education at major events like the Super Bowl and works in locations where victims may be hidden in plain sight, such as strip clubs and spas.
Jordan has also worked with Fit Pastors—a non-profit that provides coaching and support to pastors to encourage them to take care of their physical and mental health. Clergy spend their time taking care of their communities and all too often neglect their own health. Fit Pastors’ mission is to encourage clergy to take care of their overall health in order to better serve their community.
Currently a Judicial Law Clerk to Judge Adalberto Jordan (no relation) on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, Jordan came to law school to do work in the public interest. Accordingly, he spent as much time as possible in the community doing hands on work and took the maximum number of externships possible.
He worked as a Judicial Intern with Judge Vance Salter at the Third District Court of Appeals the summer after his 1L year, a Judicial Extern with Judge Adalberto Jordan as a 2L, and a Judicial Extern with Judge Tena Campbell on the United States District Court for the District of Utah in Salt Lake City the summer after his 2L year. He greatly enjoyed each of these experiences and was thrilled to accept his current position with Judge Jordan when given the offer before he finished his 2L year. Having a job lined up so early on took the pressure off his 3L year and he was able to focus on his studies and other passions.
As a 2L, Jordan took a course on human trafficking with Barbara Martinez, the Chief of the Special Prosecutions Section and an Adjunct Professor at Miami Law, which he recalls as one of his favorite courses. As a 3L, Jordan worked with the Special Prosecutions Section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Human Trafficking and Violent Felonies Division. “My experiences in the court systems allowed me to witness individuals working to ensure that the legal process was just. While at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, I was inspired by the incredible staff who fight every day to make a difference in people’s lives and stop atrocities in this world,” said Jordan.
Jordan’s desire to ensure a fair legal process led him to participate in the Innocence Clinic. “The idea of someone wrongfully incarcerated infuriates me,” said Jordan. “Through the Innocence Clinic, I was able to speak with inmates and I saw that they are just people who made bad mistakes and sometimes should not be incarcerated at all.” Jordan recalls the course on wrongful convictions that he took with Professor Craig Trocino to be another one of his favorites.
Jordan’s experience as a Miami Scholar contributed greatly to the shaping of his law school experience. Jordan stated that, “I loved being a Miami Scholar. Having the HOPE Public Interest Resource Center always there for me, looking out for me, and making sure my talents and skills were focused in the right area, was essential. Dean Marni Lennon helped me define my time in law school and my career path.”
Jordan is enjoying working for Judge Jordan and is inspired by Judge Jordan’s brilliance and how he treats everyone with respect. “I like the breadth of different cases I am exposed to in this position. I see everything from criminal to all areas of civil law. Every day I am learning about a new area of the law. For the week I am working on that case, I become an expert in that area.”
Jordan’s advice to law students is to “take advantage of the fact that Miami Law has a very large network in Miami. There are so many places that are willing and wanting of interns. Through my externships and internships, I learned a lot and built significant connections within Miami. There is nothing like taking what you are learning in class and seeing it in action. Civil Procedure doesn’t come alive until you see how a lawsuit works.”