Jorge Godoy

Director of Public Interest Programs

As the Director of Public Interest Programs, Jorge C. Godoy, Jr. works directly with Temple Law Career Services staff and Assistant Dean, Danielle Schweiloch. 

A dedicated lawyer in the public interest, Jorge holds diverse prior experience in the government and nonprofit sectors.  Collaborating closely with faculty, staff, and partner organizations, his work focuses on providing essential support for all law students as they make the most of Temple’s well-established commitment to public service.    

Prior to joining Temple Law, Jorge was the Chief Operating Officer of a statewide issue-based nonprofit organization in Florida – focusing on increased investment in children’s early years.   Here, he was responsible for the oversight of all day-to-day operations, departments, and staff. 

Jorge has served as an Assistant Federal Public Defender in San Juan, an Assistant Public Defender in Philadelphia, an attorney at a multi-national firm representing prominent corporate clients, and – before law school – a case manager assisting inner city families on public assistance.   

As lead counsel, Jorge has represented thousands of individuals, including juveniles, in federal and state courts and has lectured abroad as a trial advocacy instructor before judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, and law enforcement officials.   

While in law school, Jorge served as a summer law clerk in the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.    

Jorge is a graduate of The University of Pennsylvania Law School and The Schreyer Honors College at Pennsylvania State University.    

Raised in a bicultural and bilingual household, Jorge is a fluent Spanish speaker.   He used to be a decent tennis player and enjoys fishing, being outdoors, and time with family.