Jennifer Collins specializes in issues involving families and the criminal justice system such as the prosecution of parents who are responsible for their children's deaths. She teaches criminal law, criminal procedure, family law, and gender and the law. She is the 2009 winner of the Jurist Excellence in Teaching Award (selected by the graduating class) and the 2010 winner of the Joseph Branch Excellence in Teaching Award (selected by the dean). On July 1, 2010, Jennifer also assumed the position of Associate Provost for Academic Initiatives for the university. Prior to joining Wake Forest, she served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Columbia for more than seven years, where she specialized in homicide cases. After graduation, she clerked for Judge Dorothy Nelson of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Jennifer and her husband Adam, a partner at a Winston-Salem law firm, have three young children. She is, as a Boston native, an avid fan of the Red Sox and the Patriots.