Thomas Jefferson has long been a pipeline for attorneys into the San Diego criminal law community, and two current students are continuing this tradition. Third-year students and Criminal Law Fellows Laura Palacios and Marissa Jimenez have just landed very competitive and sought after Graduate Law Clerk positions with the San Diego District Attorney’s Office.
As Associate Dean Anders Kaye, Co-Director of the Criminal Law Fellow Program, said, “This is an exciting and much deserved testament to Laura and Marissa’s talent, drive, and dedication to public service. They have been wonderful contributors to the Thomas Jefferson community, and are going to make important contributions to the San Diego community for many years to come.”
Laura observed that “This accomplishment definitely took a village. I could not have gotten this far if it weren't for my amazing professors and their support, my mock trial teammates and coaches for making me a better advocate, and the broad internship experience I was able to gain throughout law school.” She is “thankful for the opportunity to represent our school and the People as a Graduate Law Clerk at the District Attorney's Office.”
Marissa is also "Very grateful for receiving this Post Bar opportunity from the San Diego District Attorney's Office. It is very special to me because I have always wanted to become a prosecutor” and “find it very rewarding to be able to protect the youth and families of San Diego county.” She especially thanks Mock Trial Team coaches McCoy, Jones, Brisbane, Lorens, and Cumba “For their excellent coaching skills and guidance.” As she says, “Trial team prepared me to compete with the best."
Congratulations to Laura and Marissa!