Jessica Lopez, Esq.
Jessica leads Youth Represent’s innovative collaboration with Friends of Island Academy’s Youth Reentry Network, which focuses on the decriminalization of youth. Before joining Youth Represent, Jessica was a Staff Attorney in Brooklyn Legal Services’ Housing Unit representing tenants facing eviction. Prior to that, Jessica worked as a Public Defender in Union County New Jersey representing clients charged with felony offenses in all stages of litigation including trial. Jessica received her J.D. from Cornell Law School where she participated in the Capital Punishment and Juvenile Justice clinics. Jessica graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a B.A. in Psychology. Jessica was recently given Cornell Law School’s “Rising Star Award” for her achievements in the field of public interest law.