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Jordan earned B.A. degrees in Political Science and English Literature from the University of Washington in 1989. She earned her J.D. degree, cum laude, from Howard University School of Law in 1993, where she was a member of the law review.

Jordan is a law professor at the University of Montana’s Alexander Blewett III School of Law. She currently teaches Criminal Procedure–Adjudicative, Criminal Justice in Indian Country, Interdisciplinary Criminal Justice Reform, White Collar Crime, Federal Courts, and Professional Responsibility. She supervises the Law School’s external Criminal Defense Clinics, and the external Clinics at the Montana Innocence Project and the American Civil Liberties Union of Montana. Jordan also serves as the Law School’s Honor Code Counsel and is the founder and Faculty Supervisor of the Law School’s Pro Bono Program.

Before teaching law, Jordan was a partner in a litigation firm in Seattle. In private practice, she represented individuals and businesses in complex litigation and appeals involving federal criminal allegations, contract disputes, fraud allegations, securities law, federal billing practices, whistleblower allegations, and state and federal constitutional issues. While in private practice, Jordan regularly represented indigent federal criminal defendants as appointed CJA counsel.