"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 works as privacy counsel for Whole Foods Market. For many years after law school she was an attorney with Texas Legal Services Center in Austin. From 2009 to 2011, she 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. A first generation college graduate from Corpus Christi, she received a Master's degree from the LBJ School of Public Affairs as well as her J.D. In law school, Jessica participated in the Capital Punishment Clinic, the Criminal Defense Clinic, and the Domestic Violence Clinic, as well as the Public Interest Law Association, Texas Law Fellowships, Concerned Students for Loan Repayment Assistance, and the President's Student Advisory Council. She also interned with the Texas Advocacy Project and the ACLU of Texas. Jessica spent her summers working in Austin at Texas RioGrande Legal Aid and the ACLU of Texas and served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate throughout law school.