A third year law student at Duquesne University School of Law, Jessica Barnes originates from Cleveland, OH. She attended nearby Heidelberg University in Tiffin, where she majored in Environmental Science and Business Administration, earning a bachelor of science degree.
While at Duquesne, she has served as treasurer and vice president of the Environmental Law Society; was a junior staff member of the Duquesne Law Review; student associate of the Lexus Review and student representative of the Themis Bar Review.
Her previous work experience includes interning for Babst Calland in their Pittsburgh office and serving as a research fellow for the National Science Foundation at The University of Toledo, Lake Erie Center, where she participated in research associated with the environmental and economic issues related to harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie.
As Jessica wrote in her application, “My interest began while I was an undergraduate student at Heidelberg University in Ohio. While there, I was a double major in environmental science and business administration. My environmental science courses included the study of water systems, ecology, and chemistry. My business courses included economics, business ethics, and finance. Overall, I was curious about how the concepts of natural resources and economic development coexisted and intermingled, such as in environmental sustainability.”
She cites the work she has done for Babst Calland as not only benefiting her as a law student but further supporting her interest in energy and natural law. Her references specifically point to her work ethic and commitment to energy, mineral and natural resources law.