Jessica Karbowski Weare

My hometown when I was a student was

Freeland, MI

I graduated in


I studied

Foreign Service

I currently live in

Washington, DC

I am now

an Attorney-Adviser, East Asian and Pacific Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.

Since graduating from Alma

spent a year living in Mauritius as U.S. Fulbright Scholar. After returning to the United States, I attended Yale Law School and ultimately received my JD. While a student at Yale, I was fortunate to receive a couple of awards: the Jerome Sayles Hess Prize for demonstrating excellence in the area of international law and the Raphael Lemkin Prize for the best paper in the field of international human rights law. After law school, I clerked for the Honorable Dana Fabe in Anchorage, Alaska and then began my job practicing international law in the Office of the Legal Adviser at the U.S. Department of State. I initially worked in our office of International Claims and Investment Disputes and later rotated into my current position as a regional attorney advising the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs. I have twice been honored within the Department with Superior Honor Awards.

My Alma education

taught me to analyze complicated issues and situations and to think
critically. Asking the right questions and being able to identify the
salient issues raised by a proposed course of action within the larger
context served me well both in law school and now in my career. Much of my
current practice is recognizing and evaluating issues associated with a
proposed course of action, communicating any perceived risk to non-lawyers,
and advising on a course of action that will accomplish certain policy
goals while avoiding potential risks.

My favorite professors(s) included

Dr. Hulme and Model UN (World Domination)

My most vivid/best memory of my time at Alma is

There are really too many to list, and I am fortunate enough to keep building new ones with my Alma friends. The best part about Alma was the incredible people that were there with me—my Alma relationships helped shape my life and many of them endure today.

I was pretty busy while I was at Alma, taking part in activities including Model UN, being a class officer, Alma Leadership Alliance, Alpha Xi Delta, Orientation Committee, among others. It was useful experience in time management!