John Thomas H. Do
class of 2012; b.a., brown university
The son of Vietnamese refugees, JT Do spent his early years in public housing in California, and developed a passion for working in the field. "I've always been keenly aware of the importance of having a place to call home," he says. “In many ways, the lack of good housing opportunities is responsible for much of our county’s social ills.” As a Public Service Scholar at BC Law, Do is happy to have found a community that nurtures his progressive agenda toward making a positive difference in the public sector, advocating for the rights of those facing eviction and destitution.
"BC is a top-notch program, while being situated in a relatively low key, collaborative school environment," he says. "Having gone to a Jesuit high school, I wanted to attend a mission-orientated school, which trains agents for social change, to use the words of [former BC Law dean and congressman] Father Drinan."
A senior editor for the Boston College Law Review and member of the St.Thomas More Society, Do also founded a program for students to reach out to distressed Boston neighborhoods to educate tenants and homeowners of their rights during foreclosure. Last summer, Do participated in the Attorney General's Honors Legal InternProgram in the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division, where he worked on the division's renewed commitment to fair lending, prosecuting mortgage banks with discriminatory lending practices in wake of the housing crisis.
The foundation Do has built at BC Law has helped him focus on his future. "I’d be happy being a government attorney working on fair housing issues or a community lawyer working on homelessness and neighborhood development," he says.