Jessica Gasbarro has 12 years of experience as a licensed attorney in California. After graduating with honors from UC Davis, where she received her bachelor's degree in English with a minor in political science, Jessica went on to earn her law degree from Whittier Law School, where she graduated third in her class and was the recipient of a Center For Children's Rights fellowship. Since then, she has worked across various sectors, including public K-12 school districts, community college districts, private universities, and county offices of education. Jessica has advised clients on numerous issues, including discrimination, harassment, workplace misconduct, disability educational rights, ADA/Section 504, privacy and confidentiality, alternative discipline practices, and board governance related to these issues.
In 2013, Jessica expanded her practice to focus on workplace and school investigations with an emphasis on sexual misconduct and trauma-informed investigative practices. In this capacity, she spearheaded an initiative to create a firm-wide investigation practice group with legally compliant and socially conscious practices and procedures that is still in use today.
Outside of her interim position at SCU, Jessica operates as a solo legal consultation and special appearance practice, working with various clients in Northern California. She also writes and edits content for several private and non-profit educational entities, including BALANCE and USC's Rossier School of Education. In addition, Jessica serves as the Board President for an animal sanctuary start-up, Oxford's House, a non-profit agency that supports Northern California's large animal rescues through grant-writing and marketing support.
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