Joëlle Simeu joined Relman Colfax in 2020 for a two-year term as a civil rights paralegal. Her work focuses on supporting the firm’s civil rights litigation.
Joëlle graduated from Washington and Lee University in 2020 with a B.A. in English and minors in Africana Studies and Poverty and Human Capability Studies. During her time at Washington and Lee University, Joëlle served as the Chair of the Student Judicial Council. She also worked with faculty and administrators to help advocate for marginalized students at through the University Committee on Inclusiveness and Campus Climate. For her involvement in the community, Joëlle was selected as the 2019 G. Holbrook Barber Scholarship Scholar, awarded to a rising senior who manifests superior qualities of helpfulness and friendliness to fellow students, public spirit, scholarship, and personal character. Joëlle was also the recipient of the Algernon Sydney Award—determined unanimously by faculty vote—for the student who excels in high ideas of living, in fine spiritual qualities, and generous and unselfish service to others. Additionally, Joëlle has interned with The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and the Brennan Center for Justice
In her free time, Joëlle enjoys riding her bike, attending poetry workshops, and baking quiche. Joëlle plans to attend law school after her time at the firm.