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November Alumni Spotlight: Jessica Newman

November Alumni Spotlight:  Jessica Newman

This month, we’re spotlighting Jessica Newman, 2003 Honors Scholar.  She completed an Honors thesis titled “Lou Wolfinbarger V. Casey Cummins: A (Mock) Civil Matter.”  After graduating summa cum laude from Eastern with a degree in English Literature, Jessica went on to graduate from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 2006.  While there, she was a member of the Honor Council, Vice-President of the Student Bar Association, Treasurer of the Trial Advocacy Board, and a member of the National Bankruptcy Moot Court team, which won the Outstanding Brief Award at the Duberstein Memorial Bankruptcy Moot Court competition.

During Jessica’s years of practice, her work has been primarily in bankruptcy, creditor/debtor relations, and banking.  After working with law offices in Corbin and Louisville, as well as opening and managing her own practice in Irvine, Jessica now serves as Collections Officer and In-House Council for Forcht Bank, N.A.  She concentrates on bankruptcy, collections, regulatory compliance, and litigation management.  She, along with other area bankruptcy practitioners, is assisting Judge Tracey Wise (U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Kentucky) in launching ElderCare, a financial literacy program aimed toward retirees and seniors.  Jessica also serves as the vice-chair of the Bankruptcy Section of the Kentucky Bar Association and has updated the reference materials and presented on Debtor-Creditor Relations for the Kentucky Bar Association’s New Lawyers Training for the past four years. 

Jessica married Rob White, fellow Honors Program graduate, in 2007.  Their time in Honors and on the Quick Recall time has translated into their love of trivia, as they are regular participants in the Lexington pub trivia scene and defending Star Wars Trivia Challenge champions.

Favorite Honors Memory:  “Aside from meeting my future husband and fellow Honors student Rob White, my favorite Honors memory is of my Honors Seminar class my first semester at EKU.  The readings exposed me to entirely new ways of thinking and viewing the world.  I was so genuinely excited by them that, in retrospect, I may have been a bit too eager in my class participation.  Yes, I was “that girl” whose hand shot up at every possible moment to answer every question and discuss every point.  Awkward behavior aside, that class truly was the foundation upon which the rest of my academic career was built, and I loved every minute of it.”

Advice for Honors Students:  “Be sure to take advantage of as many extra-curricular opportunities as you possibly can.  From cultural trips and panel presentations to pizza suppers and intramural sports, be as involved and active as time allows.  The relationships you build with your fellow Honors students will last a lifetime, and the experiences will be not only enjoyable, but will mold you into a more well-rounded person.”

Jessica and her husband Rob at our Honors Homecoming Alumni Lunch.


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Published on November 10, 2014

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