Jessica Witte is an associate at Thompson & Horton in the Austin office. She focuses her practice on the representation of schools, colleges, and other public entities. Prior to joining Thompson & Horton, Ms. Witte served as a judicial law clerk for the Hon. Debra H. Lehrmann, Justice on the Supreme Court of Texas, and as a judicial law clerk for the Hon. J. Scott Hacker, Magistrate Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas. Ms. Witte was also previously an attorney with Kramer, Levin, Naftalis & Frankel LLP, where she practiced white collar criminal defense, employment defense, and complex commercial litigation in New York City. While in law school, she interned for the United States Department of Education Office for Civil Rights and participated in litigation before the United States Supreme Court through the University of Pennsylvania Law School Supreme Court Clinic. Ms. Witte was an Associate Editor for the University of Pennsylvania Law Review. Before attending law school, Ms. Witte taught elementary school special education as a Teach for America Corps Member in New York City. Prior to teaching, Ms. Witte was a lobbyist to the Missouri State Legislature on higher education issues.
Jessica received her J.D. from University of Pennsylvania Law School where she served as Senior Editor of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, was a Levy Scholar, received Legal Writing Honors, and received the Exceptional Pro Bono Service Award. Jessica also holds a master’s degree in Science in Teaching from Pace University.
Speeches and Presentations
Hot Topics! Legal Information and Practical Advice on Trending Issues, co-presenter with Cara Schwartz (Pflugerville ISD), Texas Council of Administrators of Special Education Great Ideas Conference, Austin, TX (Feb. 19, 2019).
Title IX in the #metoo Era, co-presenter with Holly McIntush & Beth Darby, TASA/TASB Convention, Austin, TX (Sept. 29, 2018).
Title IX Investigations and Litigation, co-presenter with Jim Bryom; Back to School Legal Seminar, Region 4 ESC, Houston, Texas (September 7, 2018).
Conducting Title IX and Other Investigations with an Eye Toward Litigation, Co-presenter with Brad Domangue; Legal Issues for Texas School Administrators, University of St. Thomas, Houston, Texas (March 26, 2018).
Transgender Students in Public Schools, Stonewall Law Association of Greater Houston Quarterly CLE, Houston, TX (October 17, 2017).
Special Education Procedures on Addressing Challenging Behavior, Katy ISD Administrative Conference, Katy, TX (July 27, 2017).
Discipline of Students with Disabilities: The Key Rules and Regulations from Removals to MDRs, co-presenter with David Hodgins, Texas Council of Administrators of Special Education Interactive Conference, Austin, TX (July 12, 2017).