Jessica Wherry teaches legal research and writing courses to first-year and upper-level students. Prior to joining Georgetown’s faculty, Professor Wherry was associate professor of legal research and writing, associate director of the legal research and writing program, and co-director of the scholarly writing program at The George Washington University Law School. Previously, she served as assistant counsel in the U.S. Department of the Navy’s Office of the General Counsel and as a cryptologic technician in the U.S. Navy. She earned an undergraduate degree from Lawrence University, a master of social science from Syracuse University, and a J.D. from the George Washington University Law School. She also earned a Certificate in Military & Veterans Health, Policy and Advocacy from William & Mary Law School. Professor Wherry’s primary scholarly interests are veterans and military law, and legal writing and rhetoric. She does pro bono work through the Homeless Persons Representation Project, assisting veterans with disability compensation claims and discharge upgrades. She also serves as Reporter to the Standing Committee on Maryland Pattern Jury Instructions-Civil and as co-editor-in-chief to Legal Communication & Rhetoric: JALWD, the peer-reviewed flagship journal of the Association of Legal Writing Directors.
Selected Contributions to Other Publications
Jessica Lynn Wherry & Frances DeLaurentis, A Pathos-Infused Approach to Teaching Legal Research and Writing: A Lesson to Carry Forward from the Pandemic, 29 Perspectives 58-67 (2022).[WWW]
Book Chapters & Collected Works
"Legal victory and false hope?," an opinion piece in Military Times by Professor Jessica L. Wherry, December 4, 2020.