Jessica Hopton Youngberg assists low-income veterans through the VLS clinic at the New England Center & Home for Veterans. She assists clients with a variety of civil matters, including landlord/tenant, public benefits, consumer debt, and family law.
Jessica has a long history of public service work including advocacy for active duty service members, veterans and their families. Before joining VLS, she served as a law clerk to Magistrate Judge Charles B. Goodwin in the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma. Jessica previously worked with VLS as a summer intern during law school and worked with the Red Cross while living in Korea during her husband’s service in the Army. Jessica received her B.S. from Middle Tennessee State University and her J.D. from Suffolk University Law School, and is the first Suffolk Law School graduate to receive the prestigious Skadden Fellowship.The Skadden Fellowship Program, described as “a legal Peace Corps,” was established by the law firm Skadden, Arps in recognition of the dire need for greater funding for graduating law students who wish to devote their professional lives to providing legal services to the poor. From hundreds of applications, only approximately 20 recipients are selected nationwide, based upon each applicant’s academic performance, demonstrated commitment to public interest, and the quality of his or her proposed project.
Jessica is a member of the Boston Bar Association’s Bankruptcy Law Section’s Financial Literacy Committee and volunteer with the M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program for high school students. Jessica resides on the South Shore with her husband Brandon, a military veteran who works for the Dept. of Veterans Affairs.