Jacqueline Kaye Hammack is a movement lawyer dedicated to advancing the rights of mother-baby dyads in pregnancy, birth, and beyond, through matrescence and early childhood. Jacqui’s work to support and promote the civil and human rights of pregnant, birthing, and lactating individuals is grounded in an intersectional human rights and reproductive justice framework. An integral component of this work is ensuring access to respectful, evidence-based maternity care. To that end, Jacqui also aids midwives, doulas, and lactation consultants in minimizing risk and maximizing capacity.
Jacqui is a graduate of Tulane University Law School, Jackson State University, and Holmes Community College. Since her interest in the subject was piqued in a seminar class with Professor Saru Matambanadzo, Jacqui has been passionate about supporting and promoting the civil and human rights of pregnant, birthing, and breastfeeding individuals. Jacqui joined the Birth Rights Bar Association as a Member in 2014, and began service as a Director in 2016. Through her affiliation with BRBA and other specialized organizations such as The Big Push for Midwives, the Black Mamas Matter Alliance, and others, Jacqui has acquired the requisite knowledge to cultivate a niche practice centered on pregnancy, birth, and lactation.
Jacqui is licensed to practice law in all state courts throughout Mississippi and Louisiana, as well as United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, the Northern District of Mississippi, the Eastern District of Louisiana, and the Middle District of Louisiana.
Jacqui lives in the Pine Belt region of Mississippi, but she works across the state and throughout Louisiana as well. She serves on the board of the Birth Rights Bar Association and the Mississippi Center for Birth and Breastfeeding Equity. As a Class II fellow with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Leadership Network with the Center for Creative Leadership®, Jacqui leverages the power of community engagement to find solutions to the problems created by the dysfunctional American maternity care system.