is a staff attorney at the ACLU of Southern California. At the ACLU she has worked on issues involving educational equity, police practices and jail conditions. She has traveled to various schools to provide Know Your Rights presentations, particularly to parents who do not speak English who are interested in navigating the school system. Her work has included successful representation of a member of a tagging crew against a criminal gang injunction, pending representation of inmates with mobility impairments, successful advocacy for the religious freedom of prison inmates, the successful representation of young English learners in the Central Valley of California who sought access to literacy opportunities, and the successful representation of English Learners throughout the state of California who were enrolled in schools that failed to provide them with needed language instructional services.
Jessica graduated from Harvard Law School and graduated with Honors with her B.A. in Sociology with Political Science from Yale College. At Harvard, she was an editor for the Harvard Civil Rights/ Civil Liberties Law Review. After law school, she served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Eldon E. Fallon in the Eastern District of Louisiana. The following year, she clerked for the Honorable Dorothy W. Nelson of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She has been an attorney with the ACLU since 2010.