Jessica Espinoza

Principal Counsel


Jessica Espinoza joined UCSC in 2019 as Associate Campus Counsel. Jessica advises on a wide array of legal matters including risk, student conduct, disability services, tax, finance and investments, CPRA and FERPA.

Prior to joining UC Legal, Jessica worked as an Assistant County Counsel with the County of Santa Cruz for 13 years. At Santa Cruz County, Jessica handled a variety of litigation including general civil litigation, civil rights claims, tort liability and financial litigation involving tax, assessment and ban​kruptcy matters. She also advised numerous county clients, including the Sheriff-Coroner, the Risk Management Departmen​t and the Office of the Auditor-Controller-Treasurer-Tax Collector. She has extensive experience advising on CPRA matters, drafting contracts, policies and ordinances and reviewing and analyzing legislation impacting Santa Cruz County.


Wellesley College, B.A.
Duke University School of Law, J.D.
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