Jessica D. Findley

Jessica D. Findley

Director of Bar & Academic Success; Professor of Practice

Student Resources Suite - 1st floor

Jessica D. Findley, J.D., Ph.D, grew up in Dallas, Texas. She attended the University of Texas at Austin, earning her BA in psychology. Jessica then attended the University of Arizona where she earned both her law degree and PhD in psychology. After graduating, Jessica gained experience in juvenile and dependency law by clerking for the Hon. Christopher P. Staring at Pima County Juvenile Court. Jessica continued to serve the court and community as mediator. Jessica is currently the Director of Bar & Academic Success and a Professor of Practice at the University of Arizona College of Law. She is a Principal Investigator for several grant-funded educational programs including the BA in Law's LAW tina Program, which launched in Spring 2020, and JD-Next, a program for matriculating law students with Dr. Christopher Robertson. Jessica works on other innovative Programs at the Arizona College of Law such as the i4J Licensed Legal Advocate Pilot as well as federally-funded research. Dr. Findley’s interdisciplinary approach to attorney advocacy was published by the American Psychological Association in 2010.

Curriculum Vita


  • Ph.D. College of Science, University of Arizona
  • M.A. College of Science, University of Arizona
  • J.D. James E. Rogers College of Law
  • B.A. University of Texas at Austin

Work Experience

  • Research Scholar
    University of Arizona
    2019 - present
  • Mediator
    Pima County Juvenile Court, Tucson, Arizona
    2012 - 2019
  • Judicial Law Clerk, Hon. Christopher Staring
    Pima County Superior Court, Tucson, Arizona
    2011 - 2012
  • Instructor
    University of Arizona
    2007 - 2010
  • Lead Teaching Assistance
    University of Arizona
    2003 - 2006
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