Jessica Pers is a Senior Attorney Fellow for The Opportunity Institute. Jessica, a former partner in Orrick's San Francisco office and now a consultant to the firm, focused her career on civil litigation, emphasizing antitrust, franchise litigation, trademark and copyright disputes and class actions. She has handled both jury and non-jury trials and injunction proceedings in federal and state courts and has extensive experience in extraordinary writ practice and appeals before California and federal courts. Jessica was also the President of the Berkeley Community Fund, a nonprofit organization that provides scholarships and mentoring support to Berkeley High School students attending four-year colleges, many of whom are the first in their families to attend college, recent immigrants and children of poverty. The focus of BCF to insure that these students graduate from college and move on toward promising careers.