Assistant Dean of Students Jay Wong practiced as a public defender in Hennepin County for over five years. During that time, he specialized in litigating Fourth Amendment violations, successfully arguing for the suppression of evidence illegally obtained by law enforcement in numerous misdemeanor and felony cases. He worked to challenge the status quo through data-driven litigation and creative storytelling, bringing out the humanity of his clients into the criminal justice system. He also sat on the 4th Judicial District Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board for the county as a representative from the public defender’s office.
Prior to practice, Wong worked in University House and Residence Life at Clemson University, where he started a social justice committee within the department. He worked on developing a second-year experience programming model that was geared toward the development of sophomore students that continue in university housing. He also completed practicums in new student orientation programs and the university’s student conduct office.
Wong also served as a high school teacher in the Federated States of Micronesia (F.S.M.) for two years. While teaching, he oversaw the development of a standardized curriculum for the school that aligned with both the F.S.M. and U.S. standards. He also served as the college counselor, successfully placing students into four-year colleges and universities across the globe.