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 Defense
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.