"Aggressively seek out opportunities to work for the underserved. The clinics, public service opportunities, and non-profit jobs I had throughout school reminded me of why I was here and what I came to do. Each shaped the way I view vulnerability and need. Each exposed me to the way that legal systems structure resources towards power, and away from the disenfranchised. And each inspired me to do more."
Jessica Cassidy Katz is Director and Assistant General Counsel for Data Governance at 3M in Austin. Previously, she was Senior Data Governance Counsel at Whole Foods Market, where she focused on privacy law, data protection, and security controls.
Immediately after law school, Jessica served as an Equal Justice Works Fellow (funded by the Texas Access to Justice Foundation) working with survivors of domestic violence on economic empowerment issues. Following the fellowship, she was a staff attorney with Texas Legal Services Center in Austin for several years.
At Texas Law, Jessica participated in the Capital Punishment Clinic, the Criminal Defense Clinic, and the Domestic Violence Clinic, was active in the Public Interest Law Association, Texas Law Fellowships, and Concerned Students for Loan Repayment Assistance, and served on the President's Student Advisory Council. She also volunteered as a Court Appointed Special Advocate throughout law school. Jessica interned with the Texas Advocacy Project and the ACLU of Texas and spent her summers working in Austin at Texas RioGrande Legal Aid and the ACLU of Texas. A first generation college graduate from Corpus Christi, Jessica also received a Master's degree from the LBJ School of Public Affairs.