Jessica S. Couser

Jessica Couser practices in the areas of custody, divorce, parentage, enforcement, child support, private and contested adoptions, protective orders, guardianship, LGBTQ law, and more. Jess and Laura Hansen-Pelcastre founded Just Law, LLC in 2010 with the goal of providing clients excellent, ethical and family-focused legal representation. Jess believes that family law matters require legal skill and strategy, but that they also require compassion, creativity, and fortitude. Family law attorneys should have specific knowledge of child development, trauma, communication and coping mechanisms; and should be prepared to advocate for and educate every client on the legal and practical matters they may be facing.

  • 2009 Juris Doctoris, Gonzaga University School of Law
  • 2005 Bachelor of Arts, English, University of Utah

Continuing Legal Education

  • Utah State Bar Annual Family Law Seminar, 2017
  • Utah State Bar LGBT and Allied Lawyers Gender Marker Change Clinic, 2017
  • Avvo Layernomics, 2017
  • Utah Office of Guardian ad litem, Private PGAL Training, 2017
  • Utah State Bar Annual Family Law Seminar, 2016
  • Utah Office of Guardian ad litem, Private PGAL Training, 2016
  • Utah State Bar Family Law Section, What Family Practitioners Need to Know About Juvenile Law, 2016
  • Utah State Bar Annual Family Law Seminar, 2015
  • Utah State Bar Fall Forum, 2015
  • Utah State Bar Family Law Section, Five Things You Need to Know About Child Support, 2015
  • Utah State Bar Annual Family Law Seminar, 2014
  • Utah State Bar Fall Forum, 2014
  • AFCC 11th Symposium of Child Custody Evaluations, San Antonio, TX, 2014
  • IACP 15th Annual Collaborative Networking and Education Forum, Phoenix, AZ, 2014
  • Utah State Bar Association, Member in Good Standing, 2010 – current
  • Utah State Bar Family Law Section, Member, 2010 – current
  • Utah State Bar LGBT and Allied Lawyers, 2016 – current
  • American Bar Association, Member, 2010 – current
  • American Bar Association Family Law Section, Member, 2010 – current
  • Utah Adoption Council, Member, 2016 – current
  • Association of Collaborative Professionals of Utah, Member, 2012 – current
  • International Association of Collaborative Professionals, Member, 2012 – current

Awards

  • Thomson Reuters Super Lawyer, 2017
  • Up and Coming Legal Elite, Utah Business, 2017
  • Pro Bono Honor Roll, Utah State Bar Association, 2016, 2017
  • Presidential Silver Gavel Award, Gonzaga SBA, 2009

Elected Positions

  • Utah Adoption Council, President Elect, 2017
  • Children’s Service Society of Utah, Board of Directors, Board Member, 2017
  • Association of Collaborative Professionals of Utah, President, 2016
  • Association of Collaborative Professionals of Utah, President Elect, 2015

Speaking Engagements

  • Presenter, Utah Family Law Section Continuing Legal Educations Series, The Future of Collaborative Law in Utah, January 2015
  • Presenter, Utah CASA Conference, Education Advocacy for Court Appointed Special Advocates, October 2012
  • Utah Adoption Council, President Elect, 2017
  • Children’s Service Society of Utah, Board of Directors, Board Member, 2017
  • Association of Collaborative Professionals of Utah, President, 2016
  • Association of Collaborative Professionals of Utah, President Elect, 2015
  • Rainbow Law Clinics hosted by the Utah Pride Center and the University of Utah Pro Bono Initiative, Volunteer, 2014 - Present
  • Family Law Clinics hosted by Legal Aid Society of Utah and the U of U Pro Bono Initiative, Volunteer. 2010 - Present
  • Utah State Office of Guardian ad Litem, Pro bono and regularly appointed attorney, 2010 - Present
  • Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), Third District Court, State of Utah, 2010 - 2013
  • Neighborhood Accountability Board, Spokane Juvenile Court Diversion, 2006 - 2009
  • Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), Spokane Juvenile Court, State of WA, 2007 - 2008

Jess loves spending time with her husband, three daughters, two chow chows and extended family here in Utah as well as in Wisconsin, Illinois, Idaho and California. She also loves (in no particular order) comic books, poetry, art, football, craft cocktails, the Utes, her 1967 vintage camper, camping, cooking, tattoos, running, politics, movies, cribbage, theatre, gardening, dance, writing, design, travel, yard sales, corn hole, music, Gonzaga basketball, the beach, craft beer, abandoned buildings, literature, various Netflix and HBO series, festivals, urban art, flowers, history, comedy, gummy bears, learning French and Spanish, roller coasters, podcasts, Settlers of Catan, mountains, galas, and 5ks.

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