Mentor- Metro Detroit
Jacquise Purifoy, Esq.
Law Office of Jacquise A. Purifoy PLLC
Jacquise A. Purifoy, Esq. is a practicing attorney specializing in small business, nonprofit, and family law at the Law Office of Jacquise A. Purifoy PLLC. She was sworn into the State Bar of Michigan in November 2010. Prior to private practice, on April 1, 2011 she was hired by U.S. House of Representative Hansen Clarke (MI-13) as his Chief Correspondent. In this role, she was solely responsible for orchestrating policy positions and legislative responses to constituents. Five months into this position, she was promoted to the Community Grants Coordinator where she worked directly with key federal and state business and civic leaders to identify and implement small business and economic development initiatives in Southeastern Michigan. Jacquise wrote over 200 letters of support for businesses and non-profits in Metro Detroit securing over $9 million in funding. She also initiated a partnership with the Michigan Community Action Agency providing $84,000 in home weatherization upgrades to close the energy affordability gap for low-income households.
Jacquise is a zealous advocate for people in her community. Over time, she realized that growing up in the city of Detroit unequivocally shapes one’s life in one of two ways. A person born and raised in Detroit will either succumb to the poverty, high unemployment rates, crime, and teenage pregnancy, or rise above these obstacles and defy the odds. She changed the way she viewed the world and realized that it is not the situations that we are placed in that ultimately shape our lives, it is our reaction to them that defines our world. After having her daughter at the young age of 13, she could have given up, dropped out of school, and continued to have more children. However, she remained persistent in following her dreams, stayed in school, and graduated from both the University of Michigan at 21-years-old and Thomas M. Cooley Law School at 27-years-old.
To gain practical skills, Jacquise began working at Edward Sparrow Hospital’s Legal Risk and Management Services Department, the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, Ingham County 30th Circuit Court Judge Rosemarie E. Aquilina, Michigan State Senator Hansen Clarke, and the Michigan Department of the Attorney General.
Prior to law school, Jacquise graduated from the University of Michigan—Ann Arbor and began working for The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, in the Youth and College Division. As the Assistant to the Director of the Youth and College Division, she worked to uplift and educate youth to advance their socio-economic, education, and political status for people in Michigan, Kentucky, West Virginia, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin.
Now at 31-years-old, Jacquise is a member of the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association, has served for the last two (2) years as an Ambassador Advisory Council Member of KICK, a Board Member of Kiva Detroit, Kids-Talk Advisory Board Member, a volunteer with the American Heart Association, volunteer with Gospel Against Aids where she serves as a State of Michigan certified HIV/AIDS tester and counselor, mentor for the Business and Professional Women Foundation’s Joining Forcing for Women and Military Spouses Mentoring Plus™, youth mentor for Women of Tomorrow, and Board Member for Church of the Messiah Housing Corporation.
Jacquise’s most memorable professional moment is having the opportunity to visit the White House on behalf of the citizens of Detroit and to personally meet President Barack Obama twice!