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Jessica Price

Jessica Price

Lecturer in Law

699 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90089-0074 USA

Last Updated: December 1, 2016




Jessica G. Price has dedicated her career to civil rights and constitutional law practice. She has served as a sexual violence/ sexual harassment Appeal Body Chair and as a staff attorney at the ACLU of Southern California. She has worked on educational equity, language access, police practices, government surveillance and jail conditions. She successfully litigated on behalf of English Learner schoolchildren throughout the state of California. She represented a member of a tagging crew against a criminal gang injunction that would have precluded him from lawfully selling his artwork, settled litigation on behalf of all inmates in the Los Angeles County jails with mobility impairments, and negotiated for Muslim prison inmates to have access to prayer services.

Price revised training policies for the Barstow Police Department on potential law enforcement responses to individuals’ refusal to identify themselves, and she has developed and delivered training for Los Angeles County jail staff on the Americans with Disabilities Act. She also drafted the first school district-based toolkit for English learner advocates, and she co-authored the publication “Opportunity Lost: The Widespread Denial of Services to California English Learner Students.” Most recently, she successfully sued for the safe and immediate provision of travel documents to allow the return of a United States citizen whose travel documents were confiscated in Dubai, and she initiated litigation against the Anaheim city and Sacramento county governments concerning the secrecy of their use of dragnet cell phone surveillance devices. In 2015 she received the California Lawyer Attorney of the Year award.

Price graduated from Harvard Law School and graduated with Honors from Yale College. She served as the student representative on the Yale College Council’s Police Advisory Board. After college, she worked as a Public Benefits Advocate at the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago. At Harvard, she was an editor for the Harvard Civil Rights/ Civil Liberties Law Review. She was also Co-Chair of La Alianza, a Latino student and professional organization, she became a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Scholar. She also won first place in the Negotiation Challenge, an international negotiation competition in Leipzig, Germany. After law school, she moved to New Orleans to serve as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Eldon E. Fallon in the Eastern District of Louisiana. The following year, she clerked for the Honorable Dorothy W. Nelson of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
 

FACULTY IN THE NEWS

The Tribune
December 6, 2018
Re: Elyn Saks

Elyn Saks was quoted in an article exploring the economic and social costs that occur due to the mistreatment of persons suffering from mental illness. "Thirty years ago, I was given a diagnosis of Schizophrenia," she said. "My prognosis was ‘grave’: I would never live independently, hold a job, find a loving partner, or get married. My home would be a board-and-care facility, my days spent watching TV in a day room with other people debilitated by mental illness.” The author of the article went on to discuss the ways that people dealing with mental health issues should be cared for, arguing that they "have the right to live with dignity just as anyone with diabetes or hypertension or heart disease. Mental illness, after all, is an illness like any other."

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