Class of 2013
2001 B.A. Media Production/Minor Corporate Communications, University of Houston
2011 Summer Honors Intern, General Counsel's Office for Department of
Prior to Vegas, Jesse ran the 4-Corners News Bureau for KOAT (ABC) in
Albuquerque. He worked as an
editor/production photographer at KTRK after undergrad in 2001-2004.
Prior to there he spent almost six years in the Navy as a
broadcaster and public affairs officer.
He won CNRC's Public Affairs Officer of the Year award for the
entire Navy for his time as PAO of Navy Recruiting District of Houston.
Prior to law school, Jesse had a twelve-year career in TV news and
public relations. At Jesse’s last job at KVBC (NBC) in Las Vegas,
he covered hard news, crime, corruption, and politics. He
interviewed President Obama and then Congresswoman Hillary Clinton in
their race for the Democratic ticket. He covered the O.J. Simpson
robbery trial. He had several investigative successes including a
series on copper-wire thievery from businesses, a housing-scam that
targeted senior citizens (his stories were cited in a lawsuit against
the companies involved), as well as breaking the story in 2008 that led
to a nation-wide manhunt for accused child molester Chester Stiles
(appeared via satellite on Doc Phil show).
Jesse says he became a reporter to make a difference, but that it was
always hard to talk about events from the sidelines. He says he
decided to change careers and go to law school in order to make a
difference in a more meaningful way as an attorney.
Jesse was one of twelve law students out of over
600 applicants nationwide, and the only Texas law student, to be
selected for the Government Honors summer 2011 Program at the General
Counsel’s Office for the Department of Defense in the Pentagon. He
worked in the Standards of Ethics and Conduct Department at the DoD.
He was awarded a merit based
scholarship at TMSL. He is a staff member of
TMSL’s Journal on Gender, Race, and Justice, and is awaiting the results
of the Law Review write-on competition.