August 2014

Jason Leggett

Email: jasonmleggettkbcc@gmail.com
Website: https://jasonleggett.commons.gc.cuny.edu/jason/c-v/
Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/pub/jason-leggett/4/35/b25/

Summary: My general focus is in developing pedagogy that is self-critical and that increases intrinsic motivation among diverse learners.  I specifically focus on utilizing technology and using mentorship practices in the classroom to improve student performance in and out of the classroom.


Juris Doctorate: Seattle University School of Law; Concentration: Social Justice & Community Development; International Law & Comparative Law; June 2006 – May, 2009; Successfully passed NY Bar Exam February 2010.

Visiting Research Student:   CUNY School of Law (2009); 

Bachelor of Arts:  University of Washington; Cum Laude with Distinction; Major: Political Science, September 2003 – June 2005.

Associate of Arts: Highline Community College; Focus:  Liberal Arts; September 2001 – May 2003.


Teaching Appointments

2013-2014 Kingsborough Community College – Re-appointment: Assistant Professor

2012-2013 Kingsborough Community College – Appointment: Assistant Professor

2011-2012Kingsborough Community College -Appointment: Substitute Assistant Professor

2010 – 2011 Kingsborough Community College – Appointment:  Substitute Lecturer

2010 Kingsborough Community College- Adjunct Lecturer

Civic Engagement/Public Interest

2012- Co-Founder, Director

Eco-Urban, a New York Not-for-Profit

Global Environmental Education Outreach,

New York, New York.  

2012-  In Development (Founder, Director)

Pleb Lex: Public Legal Education & Community Building Strategies,

New York, New York.

2009-2011 Co-Founder

Common Sense Tax Solutions,

New York, New York.

2005-2006Americorps Vista Community Organizer,

Rainier View Elementary School, Seattle, Washington.

2002Campaign Manager – 30th Washington Legislative District, Jim Ferrell for State House of Representatives, 

Federal Way, Washington. 

2000-2001Regional Political Director, 

Citizens for Transportation Solutions; Pierce County Transit Union; Council of the Blind; the Audobon Society, 

Tacoma, Washington. 

2000 – 2002Program Director, 

YMCA Youth & Government,

Olympia, Washington. 

2000 – 2001Volunteer and Outreach Director,

“Zoo Trek Parks” – Point Defiance Zoo, Northwest Trek,Metro Parks, 

Tacoma, Washington. 


2009 -2010Legal Research and Writing, 

Gentile & Associates,

New York, New York.

2007 – 2008Legal Assistant,

Law Offices of David Ruzumna, Esq., 

Seattle, Washington.

2007 – 2008 Legal Research and Writing,

Workplace Counselor – Beth Van Moppes, Esq.,

Fremont, Washington.

2007 Research and Writing & Litigation Preparation,

Hainline & Associates,

Seattle, Washington.


2010-Nick Oken, Photographer

2010 – 2012Business Advising and Tax Research & Policy Consulting,

Jason Leggett Consulting,

New York, New York.

2005 – 2006Political Consulting, Research & Writing, 

Washington State Trial Lawyers Association,

Seattle, Washington.  



University of Washington

– Cum Laude with Distinction:

– Top ten percent of class;

– Political Science Honors Program; 

– Allen Library Research Award & Symposium;

Pipeline Project Fundraising Chair;

– Alternative Spring Break Team Leader;

Graduate Writing Center Tutor; 

Research Assistant to Dr. Adam Simon;

Seattle University Law

– Public Interest Law Foundation Elected Board Member;  

International Law Society Elected Board Member;

Partnership for Justice Board Member 

– Dickinson School of Law International and – Comparative Law Certificate Program 

Finalist, Moot Court Competition 2008

Professional Honors: Kingsborough Community College President’s Innovation Award 2011



– Association of College and Universities Annual Conference Civic Engagement Teaching Presentation

– Interactive Technology & Pedagogy Research Study 

– Writing Across the Curriculum Reading and Writing Center Collaborative Lesson Planning Research

– Student Research Assistants in Law and Society Project

– Honors Immigration Panel Speaker 

– Honors Gun Control Panel Speaker 

– Bridging Cultures @ Eco-Fest Student Conference Organizer


 – National Science Foundation Brooklyn Public Scholars

KCC Reads Journal Collaborative Faculty-Student Essay Submission: Law, Society & Justice & The Case of Henrietta Lacks.

KCC Reads Journal Editor; 

KCC Reads ASAP Student Workshop Facilitator

KCC Reads Presidential Scholars Student Workshop Facilitator

Eco-Festival Planning Team Member

Certification: Preparation for Teaching Online: A Foundational Workshop for CUNY Faculty.


– National Endowment for the Humanities Bridging Cultures to Form a Nation

Guest Speaker  Reading and Writing Center Welcome Back Orientation for Tutors August 2012; 

Aspen Institute, Teaching and Learning Roundtable Participant

Cuny Start Orientation Speaker

 – Workshop Organizer for Eco-Fest 2012;

– Advanced Learning Communities (LINK) Program;

– Faculty Advisor- Law Society & Justice Club;

– Faculty Advisor for (LSJ) Global Citizens Project;

Faculty Interest Group Facilitator: Enhancing Motivation and Learning Among Diverse Students;


President’s Innovation Award: grant focused on   motivating diverse students from a mentoring perspective  in consult with the motivation framework and building an interactive text for hybrid courses;

– Arranged Speaker for college-wide faculty event: – Enhancing Motivation Among Diverse Learners; 

– Arranged Speakers for college-wide student event:

– Civic Engagement in a Globalized World.  

– Writing Across Curriculum Certified; 

– Advanced Learning Communities (LINK) Program;

– KCTL Blackboard Training;

– KCTL E-Reserve Training and Hybrid Training;

– Hybrid Course Certification in Progress with Example Training Portfolio;

– History Department Sunshine Committee;

– History Department Organizer for Student Scholarship Fund Walkathon;

– Faculty Co-Advisor with Dr. Christopher Chapman with students for New Jersey State Prison Visit; 

 – Faculty Advisor to Honors Contract American Legal   System Student.  


Pedagogy: “Motivating Civic Engagement Using Interactive Technology” (Chapter in Brooklyn Public Scholars Civic Education Book in progress with Springer International)

Practical Strategies and Solutions for Teaching Diverse Learners” (Article and Keynote based on Innovation Award) – draft completion September 2013; In Edit Process

“Global Citizens: Exploring an Eco Park in Guatemala and Civic-Engagement in the Globalized World.”  (Article and Presentation submission to Mid-Atlantic Popular American Culture  Association Conference, November 2015) – estimated completion December 2014; (waiting on German and Spanish translations)

 A Guide to Mentoring Students Through Self-Published Interactive Texts in the Digital Age:  Enhancing Motivation and Course Work Completion in Hybrid Courses.”  (Article and Workbook) – estimated completion December 2014;  Textbook completed and in editing process with Tsubasa Berg, KCATT

“The Case for CUNY Law School: Building Motivated Public Interests Lawyers of the Future.”  This article addresses the inability of law schools to handle the technological and moral challenges of the future.  CUNY law school introduced a radical new way of teaching founded on serving human needs with increased motivation among students.  This model is a starting point but more must be done to restructure classrooms – estimated completion t.b.d.;

Law and Society: “International Patient Dumping: Private Medical Repatriations, Hospital Liability, and the Dilemma of EMTALA.” This article addresses the rights of undocumented aliens to access medical care on U.S. soil and reviews tort liability issues stemming from refusal of private hospitals to provide such care.  *Presently working with the Inter-American Court of Human Rights to expand legal coverage to international law – estimated completion December 2014;  awaiting Spanish Translations;

“Finding Luis.”  A book based on my journey researching Luis Jimenez over three years, and undocumented alien who was deported by a private hospital in Florida and left to the care of his elderly mother high in the mountains of Guatemala – draft sketch estimated completion December 2015;

Civic-Engagement Teaching: “Teaching Civic Engagement Through Global Citizen Projects.”  An article using practical strategies teaching civic engagement using global organizations and real projects – estimated completion October 2014; in editing process with Senior Faculty Co-Author, Dr. Stephen Armstrong, English, and Dalia Peterson Valle, History (in part as part of AACU Annual Conference Presentation, January 2014);

American Government: “Theory of Self in a Constitutional Democracy:  Does the Rise of Interest Groups Harm the Public Interest?”  An article examining the Medical malpractice “tort reform”debate in Washington State and consequences of the rise of interest groups – estimated completion tbd; (building upon former research with Dr. Bryan Jones, University of Washington and Dr. Michael McCann, University of Washington).

Criminal Justice:“Toward a Model of Efficient Criminal Justice Reform:  Why examining the causes of crime and the purposes of punishment argue for a new policing model.”  An article arguing for a new conceptual model to test the efficiency of criminal justice policies – estimated completion tbd.


Professional:  American Political Science Association; Civic Engagement/Member: Creative Commons; Hudson River Sloop Clearwater; New York Botanical Garden; Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Community Sustainable Agriculture; Audobon Society; Eco-Urban; Pleblex Research/Member:Pencils of Promise; Glorywalk Private School (New Jersey); Deutsche Gesellschaft Fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GTZ): Guatemela Eco Park & Sustainable Community Development; Vidadenanda.