Jessica Sarff

Practice Groups:

Appellate Advocacy

Business and Commercial Litigation

Casualty/Tort Litigation

Office Locations:

Peoria, IL

Phone: 309.676.0400

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Education

  • Juris Doctor (summa cum laude), Southern Illinois University School of Law, 2014
  • Bachelor of Science-Criminal Justice Sciences, Illinois State University, 2011

Year Joined Firm

2017

 

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Jessica Sarff (Associate)

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Jessie concentrates her practice in the area of appellate advocacy, casualty/tort litigation, and commercial litigation.

Jessie joined the firm’s Peoria office as an associate in 2017, after serving as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Daniel L. Schmidt of the Illinois Appellate Court, Third District. Prior to her judicial clerkship, she served as a research attorney for the Illinois Appellate Court, Fourth District, and as a summer law clerk for Heyl Royster in 2013.

Jessie received her B.S. in Criminal Justice from Illinois State University in 2011 and her J.D. from Southern Illinois University School of Law, summa cum laude, in 2014. While in law school, she served as the lead articles editor for the Southern Illinois University Law Journal. She was also extremely active in the school’s moot court program, where she served as the board’s first-ever brief writing justice and participated in several national competitions. Jessie is a twelve-time CALI Award winner, Phi Kappa Phi and Academic Excellence awardee, and a member of the Order of Barristers.

Publications

  • "Qualified Immunity Not Accident-Proof, Official Discretion Advised: The Need to Clearly Establish the Right to Raise Qualified Immunity in Civil Rights Claims under 42 U.S.C. § 1983," Southern Illinois University Law Journal (2014)
  • "An Incomplete 'Pass': Why the Illinois Supreme Court Dropped the Ball in Jane Doe-3 v. McLean County Unit Dist. No. 5 Board of Directors," Southern Illinois University Law Journal (2013)
  • "U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Application of Strict Scrutiny of Racial Classifications in Higher Education Admissions Decisions," Illinois Defense Counsel Quarterly (2013) - Download Article

Professional Associations

  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
  • Illinois State Bar Association (Young Lawyers Division Council Member, 2015-16)
  • Peoria County Bar Association (Young Lawyers Committee Member & Co-chair of Legal Mentoring Program)

Court Admissions

  • State Courts of Illinois
  • State Courts of Missouri
  • United States District Court, Central District of Illinois
  • United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit