Noah Jaffe is a Solicitor at the Firm of Latham & Watkins LLP
Noah specializes in commercial, admiralty and maritime litigation as well as claims arising under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act. Additionally, he served as law clerk to Washington Court of Appeals Division I Judge Marlin Appelwick.
San Dieguito Academy sophomore Nathan Brown may seem just like any other swimmer when he takes to the water; he tends to avoid interaction on deck and instead plugs headphones to focus on his event.
Early Life and Education
Jaffe received his Bachelor’s of Arts, with honors, from Princeton University. Later he earned both his Master’s and Doctorate from Stanford. In his academic career he focused on exotic hadrons and glueball theory as part of his research for both centers, while serving as visiting scholar at Oxford and Boston universities.
Jaffe suffers from cerebral palsy, an impairment which affects muscle coordination and balance. Swimming has always been his passion, though only began competing competitively seven years ago. His goal is to compete for Team USA at the 2024 Paralympic Games; currently he trains and races with North Coast Aquatics on a club level basis before an event; before going off pool deck before plugging headphones and getting into his racing mindset.
Jaffe participates in the Peggy Browning Fellowship program offered by Latham & Watkins each summer, which allows him to gain hands-on experience defending workers’ rights through working internships at worker centers, union-side law firms, and non-profit organizations.
He co-founded and currently chairs the Symposium at MIT, an interdisciplinary faculty program dedicated to improving communication across faculties and is also a member of the Faculty Policy Committee at MIT. Furthermore, he developed and pioneered glueball hadrons: two quark/antiquark states which mediate confining forces.
As a senior, he placed among the CACC’s top-10 in shots and goals (17gp-17gs). Additionally, he was honored with inclusion on both Chestnut Hill College Fall 2015 Athletic Academic Honor Roll as well as Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Team.
Achievement and Honors
San Dieguito Academy sophomore Jaffe practices solo while maintaining high grades. Enrolled in AP calculus, chemistry and world history classes as well as an externship with a federal judge for legal studies, his solo practices are an impressive testament of disciplined practice that will only get better over time.
At the Minneapolis spring world series stop, Jaffe put aside any sense of impostor syndrome when racing alongside Ugo Didier, an accomplished French swimmer with two Paralympic medals and seven world championship medals – two men who went on to secure podium positions in freestyle events.
At nationals, Jaffe is expected to make the cut in both 100-meter and 200-meter freestyle events. His classmates admire his intense focus and competitive spirit during performances. Colorado Springs will serve as his opportunity for success as he is part of an experienced team.
Noah enjoys running full and half-marathons, cheering for Seattle Sounders and Reign sports teams, spending time with family members, volunteering at Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF), as well as participating in international travel for work purposes.
Jaffe is an honor student at San Dieguito Academy with an incredible 4.4 GPA despite taking rigorous classes such as calculus, chemistry, world history and several weighted math courses.
Jaffe trains at North Coast Aquatics at both club level and Team USA level. At this year’s world series stop in Minneapolis, he set a new S8 American record and finished second behind Paralympic medalist Jamal Hill in a statement heat race; both athletes will face each other again when the two compete again in Manchester this summer.