Jacqueline K. Swanson
Advocate, counselor, and attorney at law: these words both denote a lawyer’s relationship with a client and effectively describe Graves & Swanson LLC partner Jacqueline "Jackie" Swanson's approach to legal representation.
The primary goal of Jackie’s practice involves identifying practical solutions to complex problems while always considering the client’s interests and desires. This is true no matter if the end result concerns the pursuit of justice, the realization of a lifelong dream, or the simple need of a steady hand to help navigate a dark or difficult path.
Jackie has extensive experience representing survivors of rape, sexual assault, childhood sexual abuse, and victims of crime. Prior to attending law school, she worked as a sexual assault victim advocate in several non-profit community organizations. During this time, she witnessed first-hand the many ways that sexual violence can negatively impact various aspects of a person’s life, such as employment, education, housing, health and safety. Jackie’s work as a victim advocate thus inspired her to become a lawyer, and she has dedicated her legal career to providing holistic and comprehensive assistance to victims of sexual violence seeking redress through the civil justice system.
Jackie has also dedicated hundreds of pro-bono hours to public policy work on behalf of survivors of sexual violence and victims of crime, both in Oregon and across the nation. For example, in 2015 and 2016, she and survivor Brenda Tracy advocated for successful extension of the Oregon criminal statute of limitations for first degree sex crimes. In 2016, Jackie wrote and proposed the initial draft of “Melissa’s Law,” which mandated rape kit testing across the state of Oregon. Jackie also helped pass the federal sexual assault survivors’ bill of rights, which passed out of Congress unanimously and was signed into law by President Obama in October 2016. In 2017, she helped pass a rape shield law for Oregon survivors seeking assistance through the civil justice system. In 2019, Jackie championed a bill which more than doubled the statute of limitations for adult survivors of sexual assault to bring a civil lawsuit in Oregon courts.
As an advocate, Jackie believes that survivors have the ultimate right to decide the means, manner and method by which they respond to what happened to them. As a counselor, she understands the unique needs and difficulties of persons who have been traumatized by sexual violence, and aids victims in obtaining the resources they need to help rebuild their lives. As an attorney, Jackie utilizes the law to empower her clients to achieve the justice they rightly deserve, while holding institutions and individual perpetrators accountable for their actions.
Whether you are in need of an advocate, attorney, counselor, or some combination of the three, Jackie is here to support you every step of the way.
J.D., Lewis & Clark Law School, 2013
B.A., Critical Gender Studies, with Distinction, University of California San Diego, 2009
Oregon State Bar Association
Oregon Trial Lawyers Association
AWARDS & RECOGNITION
Rising Stars, SuperLawyers, 2021
Rising Star Award, Lewis & Clark Recent Graduate Council, 2017
Kelly W.G. Clark Advocacy Award, Sparks of Hope, 2016
Honorable Darleen Ortega Outstanding Mentor Award, Lewis & Clark Law School, 2015
Writing Competition Grant Recipient, Oregon State Bar, 2013
Certificate of Achievement: Non-Representational Pro-Bono Work, Lewis & Clark Law School, 2011 - 2013
Certificate of Achievement: Community Service, Lewis & Clark Law School, 2012 - 2013
Certificate of Achievement: Volunteer Hours Performed, National Crime Victim Law Institute, 2011
Research Scholar, University of California San Diego, 2009
PANELS & PRESENTATIONS
Panelist: Sexual Abuse Litigation, Oregon Trial Lawyer's Association Annual Conference, 2020
Presenter: Empowering Clients to Navigate Difficult Circumstances, Solo and Small Firm Executive Committee Retreat, 2019
Presenter: Case Studies in Holistic Representation, Solo and Small Firm Practitioners Section CLE, 2019
Panelist: Oregon’s Policy on Sexual Harassment, Bullying and Assault in our Schools: Is it Enough?, AAUW, 2018
Panelist: Institutional Betrayal: Sexual Assault on Campus, Pacific Sociological Association, 2017
Presenter: Victims' Rights in Practice, National Crime Victim Law Institute Clinic, 2016
Panelist: Oregon Crime Victims' Rights, Lewis & Clark Law School Crime Victims’ Rights Alliance, 2016
Legislative Review, Lewis & Clark Law School, 2016
Panelist: Sexual Assault on College Campuses, Q&A Following Screening of the Hunting Ground, 2015
Civil Remedies for Sexual Assault Survivors: A Holistic Approach to Legal Advocacy, National Crime Victim Law Conference, 2015
Federal Crime Victims’ Rights, Washington Coalition of Crime Victim Advocates, 2012
Stalking Protective Orders in Oregon: State v. Ryan on Review, National Crime Victim Law Conference, 2011
Rape Culture in the Courtroom: A Critical Analysis of Patriarchal Jurisprudence, 22nd Annual UCSD Research Conference, 2009