Christina Jump brings more than 25 years of litigation experience to the organization, at both the trial and appellate levels. Her practice involves civil constitutional cases, including challenges to the No Fly and other government watchlists, land use and zoning law discrimination, religious discrimination in employment, religious accommodations in institutions, and defending denaturalization lawsuits on behalf of members of the Muslim community. Before joining the Constitutional Law Center for Muslims in America in March 2016, Christina represented clients in litigation in bench and jury trials in both state and federal courts. She handled hundreds of discrimination charges at the administrative agency level. In addition, she became Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in 1999, and earned her qualifications as a certified mediator in Texas at the University of Houston Blakely Advocacy Institute in 2003.
Christy also served as an Associate Hearing Officer for the City of Dallas for over ten years. She is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, Texas Bar Foundation and Dallas Association of Young Lawyers Foundation, and admitted to the Texas Bar College. Christy is a Past President of the Dallas Women’s Lawyers Association and served on the Board of Directors of the National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations, the Boards of Directors for the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers and DAYL Foundation, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Dallas Women Lawyers Foundation. She served for two years as Co-Chair of the Women’s Advocacy Awards for Legal Aid of Northwest Texas, and has been named a “Texas Super Lawyer” for multiple years, most recently in 2021 and 2022. Christy is admitted to practice before many federal District and Circuit Courts across the United States, including the Supreme Court of the United States.
Since joining CLCMA, Christy has presented multiple oral arguments on behalf of our clients to the Second, Third, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Ninth and D.C. Circuit Courts of Appeal, and represented our clients with many written briefs to the United States Supreme Court, the Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Ninth, Tenth and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeal, and numerous federal district courts across the country. Christy’s team secured remands back to the trial courts from the Ninth and D.C. Circuits, allowing Center clients to continue their constitutional challenges at the trial court levels. Christy also led CLCMA’s successful trial at the administrative level, to obtain victory for our client who sought religious accommodations in the federal workplace. This led to his recovery of hundreds of hours of back time, removal of improper discipline for time observing prayers, monetary compensation for his emotional distress and attorneys’ fees for the Center.
Christy challenges cases on behalf of our clients all the way to the Supreme Court, appearing as the lead Counsel of Record in six cases where we filed Petitions to the Supreme Court, and as lead Counsel of Record on an amicus brief to the Supreme Court in support of another case.
Christy regularly collaborates with other organizations on cases, including on behalf of Muslim and Jewish inmates with the same goal for religiously compliant meals in Arizona institutions, and as part of the “RLUIPA Litigators” collaborative calls led by the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, bringing together dozens of organizations and attorneys working toward the same purpose. She also appears on behalf of CLCMA and MLFA for quarterly meetings where Department of Justice attorneys ask to hear from Muslim, Arab, Sikh, South Asian and Hindu community groups on pressing issues and problems, and provide liaison services where possible. In addition, Christy applies her contacts from her prior work at large law firms to partner with attorneys at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, as well as Perkins Coie, Lewis Brisbois and many others in order to expand the reach and impact of our organization.