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Partner - Jessica L. Ritter

Jessica L. Ritter

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Jessica Ritter is a partner in the firm’s School Law practice group and serves as Co-Chair of the firm’s Committee on Diversity and Inclusion.  Jessica represents schools in student, school governance and employment matters.  Jessica negotiates certified and non-certified collective bargaining agreements on behalf of numerous public boards of education and advocates for public schools in arbitrations and in a wide variety of administrative proceedings before various state agencies.  She also works with both public and independent schools addressing student conduct issues, school policies, labor disputes and employment litigation arising in the education context.

Prior to joining Shipman & Goodwin, Jessica represented school clients in Connecticut and Massachusetts with a primary focus in education, civil litigation and labor and employment matters. Prior to attending law school, Jessica served as a volunteer with AmeriCorps in the greater Boston area. She also worked for the Massachusetts House of Representatives Ways & Means Committee, where she reviewed and analyzed budgets of Massachusetts' educational state agencies and drafted recommendations on legislation to the Chairman of the Ways & Means Committee.

Distinctions

  • Listed as a Connecticut Super Lawyer Rising Star®: Schools & Education (2014-2016)
  • 40 Under Forty, Hartford Business Journal (2017)

Teaching Positions

  • University of Connecticut: Adjunct Professor, Neag School of Education

Professional Affiliations

  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • Connecticut School Attorneys Council: President (2013)
  • Oliver Ellsworth American Inn of Court

Community Involvement

  • Mark Twain House & Museum: Board of Trustees (2017)
  • Connecticut Housing Investment Fund (now Capital for Change, Inc.): Board of Directors (2012-2016)
  • Fred D. Wish School Volunteer Tutor Program
  • Statewide Legal Services of CT, Inc. Pro Bono Security Deposit Clinic

Events

November 17, 2017  2017 Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE)/Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS) Convention
April 28, 2017  2017 CAS Conference for School Secretaries and Administrative Assistants
March 10, 2017  CLE Event: Labor and Employment Spring Seminar: 2017 Public Sector Legal Update
February 7, 2017  Teacher Evaluations in Connecticut: Where Are We Now? - Hartford
September 20, 2016  2016 Education Legislation Summary - Hartford
August 1, 2016  Working with Mediators & Advocates
June 8, 2016   When Women Lead: A CBIA Conference on Women in Business Leadership
March 17, 2016  Labor and Employment Spring Seminar: 2016 Public Sector Legal Update
December 15, 2015  What Every School Board Member Should Know: A Review of Legal Rights and Responsibilities - Hartford, CT
November 12 - 13, 2015  2015 CAIS Annual Conference for Heads of School
September 26, 2015  Update on Current Legal Issues for Independent Schools
April 8, 2015  Avoiding the Board Member Blues: How To Become a More Informed Board Member - Hartford
March 19, 2015  Labor and Employment Spring Seminar: 2015 Public Sector Legal Update
September 19, 2013  2013 Legislative Update
August 21, 2013  Webinar: Working with Law Enforcement: Tips for School Attorneys and School Boards
March 28, 2013  Labor and Employment Spring Seminar: 2013 Public Sector Legal Update
March 11, 2013  Assessing School Risk: Tools for Responding to Student Conduct
November 30, 2012  Social Networking and Electronic Communications: Issues for Public Schools

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Education

  • Trinity College, B.A., 2001
  • University of Connecticut School of Law, J.D., 2006

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut
  • Massachusetts

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of CT
  • U.S. District Court, District of MA
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