Jarrett Shapiro is a Senior Legal Assistant in the Washington, DC office of Sanford Heisler Sharp, a national law firm with offices in the District of Columbia, New York, California, Tennessee, Maryland, and Georgia. He received his A.B. cum laude and with departmental honors from the University of Chicago.
Jarrett’s senior thesis, titled “Chicago’s ‘Harmonious Forgetfulness’: John Cox Underwood and the Meaning of Reconciliation at Confederate Mound, 1885-1896,” explored the spectacle dedication of a late-nineteenth century Confederate monument in Chicago and the events’ implications for understanding larger contemporary visions of memory of the American Civil War. Jarrett’s research has been featured by the Bowling Green Daily News, and his thesis is slated for publication in the 2020 edition of the Chicago Studies Annual, a professional peer-reviewed journal organized by the University of Chicago.
On campus, Jarrett served as a Team Captain and Attorney of the Mock Trial Team and was an Editor for the Chicago Journal of History. He was also a member of his university’s Public Policy Leaders Program, a selective pre-professional networking, counseling, and development program for students with demonstrated commitments to careers in public service. He spent his summers as a legislative intern in the Massachusetts State House, as a policy and advocacy intern at a historic preservation non-profit in Boston, and as a legal intern for the City of Chicago Department of Buildings.
Jarrett hopes to attend law school in the future and ultimately pursue a joint JD/MA degree in Law and Historic Preservation and a career as a cultural heritage preservation attorney.