Jessica C. Graves
Responsibilities: Applying Arizona law to represent and advocate for birth parents and adoptive parents during the entire adoption process. Researching the applicable laws and staying up-to-date on the important adoption, juvenile, family, and assisted reproductive technology laws.
Degrees: University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law, JD, 2015
How did you get into adoption law?
Adoption is close to my heart. Both my siblings and I were adopted. My family and I always celebrate our adoptions and the fact that we are now a forever family. My sister and I celebrate our “Plane Day” (the day we flew from our Korea and China to be with our parents as infants) and our little brother, who was adopted out of the foster care system in November 2013, celebrates his “Gotcha/Adoption Day.” While attending law school, I became a strong advocate for children’s rights and knew that I wanted to be a part of creating forever families like my own. After working in this area of the law, I have come to recognize the strength in birth parents in placing their children for adoption, and know how important it is for a child to grow up in a loving and supportive home, whether through adoption or not. I had a feeling going into law school that I wanted to practice in this area, but I had no idea I would have such an amazing opportunity after graduation.
What is your favorite part about your job?
I love the idea of bringing forever families, like my own, together. Additionally, I have a passion for advocating for children’s lives and love that, through adoption and juvenile law, I can help be a voice for them. Lastly, one of my favorite things about working here is being able to see children legally obtain the love and support from their forever families.
What is one thing you’d most want people to know about MyersStrickland?
Collectively, the firm has decades of experience and knowledge on adoption and juvenile law. Everybody is welcoming and friendly, yet professional. Smaller firms, like MyersStrickland, are able to provide more individualized attention. We are able to get to know our clients in a more personal way, which is great considering the work that we do in helping to create families.
Anything else people should know about you?
I got married during law school, am an Arizona Wildcats fan for life, and love country music. Some of my favorite things to do are two-stepping, taking barre classes, and snacking on gummy bears. Because of my family and work experiences, I am very familiar with juvenile and adoption law, and am extremely excited to have the opportunity to represent MyersStrickland’s clients.