MEET JACQUELYN

Jacquelyn is a Senior Assistant Public Defender at the Monroe County Public Defender’s Office, an active Democrat, mother of three-year old twins and the proud wife of a military veteran. She has dedicated her life to public service, and hopes to continue serving the community as a Rochester City Court Judge.

Jacquelyn was born in upstate New York, and raised by a single mother who she watched struggle through nursing school while working two jobs. Despite having their house foreclosed on, her mom made it through school and spent the majority of her career as a VA nurse and proud union member. Watching her mother overcome social and economic obstacles to get an education instilled in Jacquelyn the importance of hard work, dedication, and the ability to be resourceful in the face of adversity.

Jacquelyn went on to receive a scholarship to study at Antioch College. In the time between high school and law school, Jacquelyn worked with midwives at a birth Center in Michigan, volunteered at the Peace Council in Syracuse, worked with HUD in Ohio, bagged groceries, babysat, and waited tables. Right after graduating college, Jacquelyn went to New Orleans where she spent several months volunteering for a legal clinic that provided support for survivors of Hurricane Katrina. It was there, helping attorneys who fought for the housing rights of those displaced by the storm, she discovered her passion for the law. Shortly after leaving New Orleans, Jacquelyn applied to law school.

Jacquelyn went on to receive an academic scholarship to law school where she graduated cum laude from Syracuse University with both a Law Degree and Master’s in International Relations. While in law school, she worked at the Reentry Program for the Center for Community Alternatives (CCA) advocating for clients who faced barriers to employment, education, and housing as a result of their contact with the criminal justice system. The three years she spent at CCA deeply shaped the way that Jacquelyn viewed the legal system and the long-term collateral consequences of those who are incarcerated, arrested, or even merely accused of crimes. This has led Jacquelyn to help advance reentry efforts in the local criminal defense community. She believes in justice with humanity and compassion.

Having spent almost a decade working at the Monroe County Public Defender’s Office, Jacquelyn has served her clients in every criminal court in Monroe County. Jacquelyn has handled violations, misdemeanors, felonies, and parole cases. She is a passionate advocate for her clients, and works diligently to ensure that their rights are protected.

In addition to her work as a Public Defender, Jacquelyn enjoys giving back to the community. She is an active volunteer at the Adams Street Rec Center, a staple of her neighborhood. She has also spent time volunteering with local groups including the Girl Scouts, the Police Accountability Board Alliance, the Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys and the Willow Domestic Violence Center. As an active Democrat, Jacquelyn has worked with the Monroe County Democratic Committee as their Election Day counsel, preparing emergency court orders to protect peoples’ right to vote.

Jacquelyn lives in the Corn Hill neighborhood with her husband, twin daughters, mother, and small schnauzer mix. The family loves all things Rochester and is very happy to call the Flower City home.