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Jessica West

Director, General Practice Program and Professor of Law

JD, University of Connecticut School of Law, 1993;
BA, Brown University, 1989


Jessica West is visiting assistant professor at Vermont Law School as well as a visiting researcher at Yale Law School. Before entering teaching, she was a practicing attorney for more than 15 years, focusing on complex trial and appellate litigation. She has successfully represented clients in numerous high-profile cases, including death penalty cases. While in practice, she taught, testified, lectured, and wrote on issues including appellate practice, criminal defense representation standards, death penalty procedures, DNA, and other scientific evidence.

She is a member of the bars of Colorado, Oregon, the Tenth and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court. She is a graduate of Brown University, where she was a National Merit Scholar, and the University of Connecticut School of Law, where she received an American Jurisprudence Award. Her research and teaching interests include evidence, administrative law, and criminal law and procedure. According to SSRN, her article "12 Racist Men: Post-Verdict Evidence of Juror Bias," 27 Harv. J. on Racial & Ethnic Just. 165 (2011) was a Top 10 article in six categories. She is working on an article exploring application of the evidentiary doctrine of relevance to exclude evidence of protester motivations in trials of the civilly disobedient.