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Jessica Waters

Assistant Dean, School of Public Affairs
Department of Justice, Law & Criminology

  • Additional Positions at AU

    Adjunct Professor, Washington College of Law
  • Jessica Waters is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Justice, Law and Criminology teaching Introduction to Law, Justice, Law and the Constitution, and Reproduction and the Law. Her research focuses on reproductive rights law, exploring questions related to state control over reproductive health care and women’s access to such care. Her recent work has focused on questions of whether a woman’s medical decisions during pregnancy and labor can form the basis for later child welfare proceedings and the intersections or religious liberty and reproductive rights.

    Prior to joining to joining the AU faculty full-time, Professor Waters was an adjunct professor at Washington College of Law and a litigator at WilmerHale, where she specialized in criminal defense and reproductive rights litigation and advocacy. She also clerked for the Honorable Emmet Sullivan on the D.C. District Court .

    Professor Waters coaches the award-winning undergraduate Mock Trial Team.

    Professor Waters serves as the Chair of the Children's Law Center Advisory Board, and is a guardian ad litem in the D.C. courts.
  • Degrees

    JD American University Washington College of Law
    BA American University

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  • Summer 2014

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