Program
Day

Undergraduate institutions and degrees
University of Maryland, College Park, Bachelor of Science in Architecture

Graduate institutions and degrees (e.g. UMBC – Master of Science)
St. John’s College, Annapolis – Master of Liberal Arts

Hometown – City, State, and Country (if not the U.S.)
Highland, Maryland

Extracurricular and co-curricular activities
chairperson of honor board, student rep to faculty curriculum committee, international moot court team – Jessup competition, teen court facilitator, research assistant to Prof. Citron
advocacy for people in prison

Post-graduation plans
Uncertain!
The plan had been a fellowship project to bring class litigation for human rights violations of some Maryland prisoners. Now funding is uncertain and we won’t know what wrongs are most pressing until the dust starts to clear. I hope and trust I will find my way to where I should be.

What was your most memorable law school moment?
Professor Steinzor in Contracts class first semester. She told me “Jessica, there is no black box in the basement containing all the answers.” She saved my sanity that day – I had thought there was such a box and I was going nuts trying to find it!

Finish this sentence: I could not have gotten through law school without…
… my husband. … my friends and family. … dumb luck. … a stiff drink. … the kindness of professors, administrators, and strangers.

Who are your mentors? How have they impacted your journey?
Professor Boldt, who gave me a second chance when I needed one and introduced me to the pleasure of academic conversation. Professor Danchin, who was a role model and my strong advocate. Judge Nazarian, who advised me and bolstered my confidence. Professor Sweeney and Gabriela Kahrl, who exemplify lawyerly empathy and grace under pressure. My dad, Dave Coolidge, who lived out his faith and who believed in justice and mercy.

What did you learn about yourself in law school?
That I can grit my teeth and change.

Who was your favorite professor and why?
Professor Graber. You work for the education but get the laughs for free.

What was your favorite class and why?
Con Law. You get to geek out about the constitution.
Property. It’s a rational art.
Externship at the PD’s office. You can expand your vocabulary if you’re not shy.

Write a message.
A hundred hands helped me along the way. But my husband, Stuart, earned this degree as much as I did. Thank you sweetheart.

2 Comments

  1. Jess – Congratulations! It was a pleasure having you in class. Your wonderful attitude will serve you well. Best of luck. Neil Dilloff

  2. Congratulations, Jessica! You will be an amazing attorney. I am so grateful for all of your dedication to and enthusiasm for the curricular reform process. You represented the student perspective so well and I enjoyed working with you.

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