Jessica Clarke joined the firm in 2016. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Clarke worked for five years as a Trial Attorney with the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in the Housing & Civil Enforcement Section. Before joining the Department of Justice, she clerked for the Hon. Solomon Oliver, Jr. of the Northern District of Ohio. She also worked as a summer associate with Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, LLP and served as a judicial extern for the Hon. James L. Graham of the Southern District of Ohio.
As a Trial Attorney, Ms. Clarke enforced various civil rights statutes, including the federal Fair Housing Act. While at the Department of Justice, she successfully tried United States v. Town of Colorado City, a first-of-its-kind housing discrimination and police misconduct case, which included allegations that local city officials and police officers acted as an arm of a religious sect known as the FLDS Church and that those officials discriminated against non-church members. A jury found in favor of the United States on both claims. She also served as lead counsel in a sexual harassment suit against an agency that administers the Section 8 Voucher Program in a rural county in North Carolina. The suit settled and resulted in over $2 million in damages to victims.
Ms. Clarke graduated cum laude from The Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law in 2008. In law school, she served as an Articles Editor for the Ohio State Law Journal and received the Robert M. Duncan Service Scholarship for her outstanding contributions to the school.
- Successfully tried United States v. Town of Colorado City, alleging that local officials and police officers acted as an arm of a religious sect and that they discriminated against non-church members. A jury found in favor of the United States on both claims.
- Served as lead counsel in Sellers v. Southeastern Community and Family Services, a sexual harassment suit against an agency that administers the Section 8 Voucher Program. The suit settled and resulted in over $2 million in damages to victims.
“Putting the Ball in a New Court: Using Restorative Justice as a Means to Punish NBA Players for the Commission of Violent Offenses” in Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution’s Mayhew-Hite Report on Dispute Resolution and the Courts (2008)
- Federal Lawsuit Resolved Providing Housing Accessibility for Disabled Clients
- “48 Hours” investigates shooting of DJ Henry and ECBA client, Brandon Cox
- Jessica Clarke Publishes Article on Landmark Pennsylvania Gerrymandering Case
- ECBA Attorney Jessica Clarke Quoted in BBC Article on Sexual Harassment in Housing
- Black Intelligence Detectives Bring Federal Suit Over Bias in NYPD Promotions
The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2008
Judge Joseph H. Harter Memorial Award Recipient
Articles Editor, Ohio State Law Journal
Northwestern University, B.A., 2005
Meritorious Award, Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division (2014)
Special Achievement Award Recipient, Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division (2012)