An Introduction

Before I returned to legal news in 2018, I worked in Colorado as a commercial copywriter and content strategist, helping entrepreneurs and small businesses market their solution in a meaningful way across multiple platforms.

During that time, I was an active member of the CU Leeds School of Business Women’s Council. I volunteered my time working with students through the CU Leeds School of Business Professional Mentoring Program. I was also a member of the Direct Response Marketing Association (DRMA), the Performance-Driven Marketing Institute, the Subscription Trade Association (SUBTA), and Boulder Media Women.

From 2008 to 2013, I worked for Turner Broadcasting at In Session on truTV, formerly Court TV News. I oversaw the trial research division, known as “trial trackers,” the network’s former futures planning and newsgathering unit. In addition to finding interesting trials to cover, I provided legal guidance to In Session and its sister networks HLN and CNN. I also contributed to reporting on and In Session’s blog. I covered such high-profile cases as Casey Anthony, Jodi Arias, Jerry Sandusky, and George Zimmerman. Turner Broadcasting took In Session off the air in 2013. 

Prior to joining In Session in 2008, I was a prosecutor with the Seventh Judicial Circuit Solicitor’s Office in Spartanburg, SC. During my six years as a prosecutor, I handled all kinds of cases, including drug offenses and murder. I also worked as the prosecutor’s liaison to the Seventh Judicial Circuit Drug Court and served on the SC Association of Drug Court Professional Board of Directors for two years. In addition, I was a state-certified addictions educator and worked with at-risk teens and adults both in and out of the courtroom.

I have a bachelor’s degree in International Economics and Cultural Affairs as well as foreign language from Valparaiso University. I received my law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law.

Content Strategist, Writer & Legal Analayst Jessica Thill

Photo Courtesy of Court TV Makeup Artist Michele Clark (2020)