Jessica Gray ’10 a Charles Ruff Fellow with D.C.’s Mental Health Section
Friday, November 16, 2012
Posted by: Max Rodriguez
Jessica Gray ’10 is a Charles (Chuck) F.C. Ruff Fellow in the Mental Health Section in the office of District of Columbia Attorney General Irvin B. Nathan. Gray litigates civil commitment cases and guardianship matters.
After attending Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY, Gray worked as an elementary school teacher. She decided to attend UDC-DCSL because she initially wanted to be a special education attorney, and UDC-DCSL was the only school she knew of in the area that had a special education clinic and had done substantive work on issues related to special education. Gray eventually worked in the Community Development Clinic and the Low Income Taxpayer Clinic.
Gray says her favorite part of law school was "building personal and professional relationships with people who are all working towards a common interest in public service.” She hopes to have a permanent government position and become an adjunct law professor. Long term she would like to work in private practice and become a full-time law professor.
The Ruff Fellowships were created to provide the District with more legal help and to promote public interest legal work. They are named in honor of Charles F.C. Ruff, who was the District of Columbia Corporation Counsel (the position now known as Attorney General) from 1995 to 1997. Ruff also served as the US Attorney for the District of Columbia and taught at area law schools including Antioch School of Law. Ruff, who passed away in 2000, was also White House Counsel to President Bill Clinton after his service as Corporation Counsel.
Attorney General Irv Nathan said, "We thank the law schools for their partnership in this important new fellowship program.”
D.C. Attorney General Irv Nathan with Ruff Fellow Jessica Gray '10