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Partner - Jessica L. Ritter

Jessica L. Ritter


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Jessica represents schools in student, school governance and employment matters.  Jessica negotiates certified and non-certified collective bargaining agreements on behalf of numerous public boards of education and advocates for public schools in arbitrations and in a wide variety of administrative proceedings before various state agencies.  She also works with both public and independent schools addressing student conduct issues, school policies, labor disputes and employment litigation arising in the education context. Prior to joining Shipman & Goodwin LLP, Jessica represented school clients in Connecticut and Massachusetts with a primary focus in education, civil litigation and labor and employment matters.

Prior to attending law school, Jessica served as a volunteer with AmeriCorps in the greater Boston area. She also worked for the Massachusetts House of Representatives Ways & Means Committee, where she reviewed and analyzed budgets of Massachusetts' educational state agencies and drafted recommendations on legislation to the Chairman of the Ways & Means Committee.


  • Listed as a Connecticut Super Lawyer Rising Star®: Schools & Education; 2014-2016

Teaching Positions

  • University of Connecticut: Adjunct Professor, Neag School of Education

Professional Affiliations

  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • Connecticut School Attorneys Council: President; 2013
  • Oliver Ellsworth American Inn of Court

Community Involvement

  • Connecticut Housing Investment Fund, Board of Directors; 2012-present
  • Wish School Tutor
  • Statewide Legal Services of CT, Inc. Pro Bono Security Deposit Clinic


September 20, 2016  2016 Education Legislation Summary - Hartford
August 1, 2016  Working with Mediators & Advocates
June 8, 2016   When Women Lead: A CBIA Conference on Women in Business Leadership
March 17, 2016  Labor and Employment Spring Seminar: 2016 Public Sector Legal Update
December 15, 2015  What Every School Board Member Should Know: A Review of Legal Rights and Responsibilities - Hartford, CT
November 12 - 13, 2015  2015 CAIS Annual Conference for Heads of School
September 26, 2015  Update on Current Legal Issues for Independent Schools
April 8, 2015  Avoiding the Board Member Blues: How To Become a More Informed Board Member - Hartford
March 19, 2015  Labor and Employment Spring Seminar: 2015 Public Sector Legal Update
September 19, 2013  2013 Legislative Update
August 21, 2013  Webinar: Working with Law Enforcement: Tips for School Attorneys and School Boards
March 28, 2013  Labor and Employment Spring Seminar: 2013 Public Sector Legal Update
March 11, 2013  Assessing School Risk: Tools for Responding to Student Conduct
November 30, 2012  Social Networking and Electronic Communications: Issues for Public Schools
March 30, 2012  Labor and Employment Spring Seminar: 2012 Public Sector Legal Update
February 7, 2012  Practical Tips Regarding Preparation for Teacher Non-Renewal Hearings
November 30, 2011  Pupil Records: Best Practices Concerning Access, Release, Content and Storage of Educational Documents
November 15, 2011  SERAC Prevention Conference: "Bullying Behavior in Schools"
September 19, 2011  Social Networking Policies for Teachers and Students
September 15, 2011  2011 Legislative Developments: Bullying, Gender Identity and More - Hartford, CT
March 4, 2011  Labor and Employment Department Public Sector 2011 Spring Seminar

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  • University of Connecticut, J.D., 2006
  • Trinity College, B.A., 2001

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut
  • Massachusetts

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of CT
  • U.S. District Court, District of MA
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