Jackie earned her J.D. from SMU Dedman School of Law—where she served as an Articles Editor for the International Law Review—and a B.A. in Biology from the University of North Texas. Following law school, she practiced commercial litigation and surety at Weinstein Radcliff Pipkin and insurance defense, DTPA violations, bad faith causes of action, and coverage disputes at Thompson Coe. There, she gained courtroom experience including hearings on motions for summary judgment, motions for default judgment, motions to compel discovery, and dismissals for want of prosecution. She has taken depositions, represented clients in mediation, and prepared witnesses for trial.
Before joining UNT Dallas, Jackie was an associate attorney at Thompson & Horton and represented school districts, colleges, and governmental entities in grievances, administrative hearings, and litigation and appeals in Texas state and federal courts. Her practice included defending school districts and other governmental entities against Title VII, Chapter 21 of the Texas Labor Code, Title IX, Americans with Disabilities Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Family Medical Leave Act, Texas Whistleblower Act, and breach of contract claims, as well as 42 U.S.C. § 1983 civil rights actions, including various First Amendment, equal protection, and procedural and substantive due process claims.
She remains active at SMU Dedman School of Law by participating as a mock trial judge each year at the Jackson Walker Moot Court competition. She also volunteers with the Texas Youth and Government section of the YMCA and with the Judge Barefoot Sanders Law Magnet Center at Townview High School.