Jessica West

  • Lecturer


Phone: (206) 685-7915

Jessica West


B.A. 1989, Brown University J.D. 1993, University of Connecticut School of Law

Curriculum Vitae

Recent Courses

LAW A 505 Criminal Law
LAW A 509 Administrative Law
LAW B 530 Judicial Externship
LAW B 535 Legislative Externship
LAW B 538 Agency Externship
LAW B 539 Public Interest Law Externship
LAW B 550 American Legal System and Method
LAW B 560 Criminal Justice Externship
LAW B 567 General Externship Perspectives Seminar
LAW C 530 For-Profit Small Firm Externship
LAW C 535 For-Profit Corporate Counsel Externship
LAW E 508 Persuasive Writing
LAW H 508 Beginning Of Life: Rights And Choices

Selected Publications

See the full list under the Publications tab below.

A lawyer, scholar and teacher Jessica L. West is an unabashed cheerleader of the power of a law school education. The first college graduate in her family, she is invested, skilled and dedicated to assisting students succeed in their study of the law. Everything Professor West teaches and writes is informed by fifteen years litigating complex civil and criminal matters. During her career as a litigator, she successfully used the law to fight for many clients, including individuals facing the death penalty. With a reputation as a smart and tireless advocate, West was a lawyer called upon to teach, lecture and testify on issues relating to appellate practice, criminal defense representation standards, death penalty procedures, DNA and other scientific evidence. Professor West has been a faculty member at Vermont Law School and the University of Denver School of Law, as well as a visiting researcher at Yale Law School. She brings her legal experience to her scholarship as well, writing primarily about procedural rules and their impact on substantive outcomes and addressing issues including the preclusion of evidence of juror bias, the evidentiary doctrine of relevance and community determinations of culpability trials of civilly disobedient protesters.

Peer Reviewed Journals & Law Reviews

Books or Treatises

  • Bernard Schwartz, Roberto L. Corrada, J. Robert Brown, Jr. & Jessica L. West, Administrative Law: A Casebook (10th ed. 2022, Aspen Publishing). 842 pages.
  • Bernard Schwartz, Roberto L. Corrada, J. Robert Brown, Jr. & Jessica L. West, Administrative Law: A Casebook (9th ed. 2018, Wolters Kluwer Law & Business). 839 pages.

  • Speaker, "How to be an Anti-Racist Supervisor", Washington State Bar Association CLE, University of Washington School of Law (October 15, 2021)
  • Speaker, "Criminalizing Protest: The Legal Contradictions of American Dissent", The Santa Barbara & Ventura Colleges of Law (June 25, 2021)
  • Speaker, "Supporting Students by Supporting Teachers", AASE Annual Conference, American University School of Law (May 27, 2021)
  • Panelist, "Confederate Monuments and Protest", University of Washington School of Law (November 29, 2017)
  • Speaker, "The Role of Gender in the Art of Advocacy", Second Friday CLE, University of Washington School of Law (September 8, 2017)
  • Speaker, "New (& Improved) Queer Issues with Juries", Obergefell and Beyond, Vermont Law School (October 22, 2015)
  • Speaker, "What's Does a Right to a Jury Mean? Assessing Hurst v Florida", Constitution Day, Vermont Law School (September 27, 2015)
  • Speaker, "Simulation Modules to Complement an Evidence Course", Conference on Innovations in Teaching and Learning Evidence, Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law (November 7, 2014)
  • Speaker, "Tensions Between Protest and the Rule of Law, Recognizing Injustice: From Social Movements to Legal Reform", Vermont Law Review Symposium, Vermont Law School (October 3, 2014)
  • Speaker, "Protest Is Different, Collective Identities, Collective Action: On Protest and Resistance", LatCrit 2013 Conference, (October 4, 2013)
  • Speaker, "Bridging Narrative Distance in the Classroom", Annual Conference, Society of American Law Teachers (October 6, 2012)
  • Speaker, "Is Injustice Relevant?: Narrative and Blameworthiness in Protester Trials", Yale Law School (April 25, 2012)
  • Speaker, "Lawyers as Agents of Change", Annual Robert M. Cover Public Interest Retreat, (March 2, 2012)
  • Speaker, "Police Accountability and the Role of the Independent Monitor", Responses to Injustice Series, University of Denver Sturm College of Law (November 4, 2010)