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Jessica Dayton

Jessica Dayton

Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse
Manager of Legal Services
San Mateo, CA, USA


Jessica Dayton is the Manager of Legal Services at Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse (CORA).  Jessica represents victims of domestic violence with their civil legal needs in restraining order, custody and dissolution hearings, as well as advises and advocates for victim’s rights in criminal cases.  Jessica received her law degree from Golden Gate University School of Law in 2003, and her undergraduate degree from the University of Vermont.  During law school, she published a legal article entitled "The Silencing of a Woman's Choice:  Mandatory Arrest and No Drop Prosecution Policies in Domestic Violence Cases", which explores whether mandatory arrest and no drop policies are respectful of victim’s choices and their empowerment. She served on the Board of Directors for the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence (The Partnership), the statewide domestic violence coalition.  Through the Partnership she is  active in local and national public policy research and advocacy.  Jessica mentors and trains pro bono attorneys through a collaborative domestic violence pro bono project.  She actively works to end domestic violence through community outreach and education, including acting as chairperson of the San Mateo County Legal Process Committee of the Domestic Violence Council.
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