Jessica received her J.D. from CUNY School of Law where she was a recipient of the Paul O’Dwyer Human Rights Fellowship and a member of the Moot Court team. Before joining The Bronx Defenders, she was a Criminal Defense Attorney with the Office of the Public Defender of the State of New Jersey in Passaic County. During law school, Jessica represented individuals charged with misdemeanor offenses in Queens County Criminal Court as part of the Criminal Defense Clinic. She interned at the Georgia Capital Defender’s Office, the Legal Aid Society’s Prisoners’ Rights Project and Trafficking Victims’ Advocacy Project, and The Bronx Defenders. Prior to law school, Jessica was a Training Specialist for a pharmacy automation company. She has a B.A. in English Literature and French Language from the University of Kansas where she received an Athletic Scholarship for Rowing.