Jessica Rabena, as the Firm’s newest extern, is in her last semester of law school at Texas A&M University School of Law in Fort Worth. Jessica is also a member of Tarrant County’s Eldon B. Mahon Inn of Court. As a law student, Jessica worked at a general practice trial law firm focusing on personal injury, criminal defense, and family law. Additionally, driven by a passion to support military veterans and their families, Jessica participated in the Texas A&M Family and Veteran’s Law Clinic and will be participating in the Texas A&M Criminal Defense Clinic during her last semester. In the future, after gaining a lot of experience in the legal field, she thinks she would enjoy being a mediator or a law professor. She is primarily interested in family law, criminal defense, estate planning, business law, and as mentioned previously – serving veterans and their families whenever possible.
Prior to law school, Jessica was enrolled at Texas A &M University in College Station (Go Aggies!), where she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology. Jessica balanced her undergraduate studies as a full-time student while working as a bartender throughout her time at Texas A&M University. She also did volunteer work at an animal shelter in College Station. Additionally, she took on an active role writing for the psychology department blog and served as a research assistant for psychology labs focusing on cognitive processes. Her initial intent was to immediately pursue a Master of Science Degree in Psychology after graduation; however, after much soul searching, which included taking several employment personality assessments where she continuously saw the word “attorney” in the assessment results, Jessica realized a career in law was her calling all along. After extensive research, she decided she wanted to completely switch paths and apply for law school. Her goal was to be in a career path that would allow her to use her interpersonal skills, education, and passion for helping and advocating for those in need. While a career in psychology would likely have met this goal as well, she felt a much stronger calling to be a lawyer and is confident she made the correct choice. Her passion for learning and practicing the law grows every day.
Although Jessica hails from Harker Heights, Texas (in the Ft Hood – Central Texas region), she grew up as a military brat and has lived in various military communities across the United States and overseas. Jessica’s father was a career Army officer. Both her mother and father are her role models because of the strength they exhibited throughout her life and the sacrifices they made for their family and others. She also remains very close to her siblings - two brothers (one older and one younger) and one older sister. Between her father’s multiple deployments and moving on average every two years, Jessica experienced first-hand the sacrifices that military families endure. Although always changing with each move and new school, the close-knit military family environments taught her the value of sacrifice, commitment, and community. She’s thankful for the experience and feels it made her more resilient. In addition to growing up in Copperas Cove and Harker Heights, Texas, Jessica has lived in Kansas, Pennsylvania, the Mojave Desert in California, Giessen Germany, and a quaint little Bavarian village in Germany named Beratzhausen. While living in Germany, Jessica and her family traveled to France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Switzerland. Aside from Texas (of course), her favorite place to live was Germany because of the cultural experiences, travel, skiing, and food. She looks forward to future travel in Europe.
Jessica’s family stopped moving when they were stationed at Ft Hood the second time in her father’s career. It was here that she attended Harker Heights High School in Texas, where she excelled in academics, music, and competition cheer. An honor graduate, National Honor Society member, a leader in Student Government, choir, and cheerleading (school and competitive), Jessica served in various leadership positions and was selected as the Varsity Cheer Captain and Choir President her senior year of High School. She’s achieved regional singing competition recognition in high school, and is no stranger to performing on stage either with a group or as a solo singer. Although she’s moved on from her choir days, Jessica isn’t shy around the mic in an occasional Karaoke Club.
Currently, Jessica Rabena channels her time and energy into excelling in law school, networking, and learning from the keen and experienced legal minds of Tarrant County’s Eldon B. Mahon Inn of Court members who practice law in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area and the Professors at her law school. She also prioritizes maintaining balance in her life by staying active in the gym, jogging, taking her dog on walks, and yoga. She recently started playing the piano again, and tends to her family away from family (her Golden Retriever puppy, Buddy, and her cat, Stella). Jessica is a huge football fan and blocks her calendar for Aggie football and the Baltimore Ravens each weekend (Monday Night Football and Thursday nights when applicable).
Eventually, Jessica would like to have children and a family, but right now, her focus is on building a career in law. She is detail-oriented, a hard worker, well-organized, very punctual (subscribes to the Vince Lombardi 15-minute rule), friendly, and dedicated to making a positive impact on as many people’s lives as she can. Jessica is excited for the opportunity to work for the Brandy Austin Law Firm because of shared values - specifically the emphasis the Firm places on client satisfaction and communication.