Jasmine graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Conservatory of Music in 2006, where she was a four-year recipient of a scholarship funded by the Kansas City Ballet in honor of its founder, Tatiana Dokudovska. During this time, Jasmine danced semi-professionally in New York City, as a fellowship scholarship recipient at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center in 2001 and 2002, and in Chicago, as a scholarship recipient at Ballet Chicago and Deeply Rooted Dance Theater in 2003.
Jasmine attended the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s School of Law in 2006, where she focused her coursework on civil procedure, business law, intellectual property law, and international law. During this time, she was as a Teaching Assistant for the UMKC Law Academic Support Program, and a research assistant to Professor Colin Picker, former director of the UMKC International Law Program. In 2009, Jasmine represented UMKC Law in the Phillip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition as part of a four-member team which won 6th place for best brief and overall performance in the competition’s Midwest Regional.
Jasmine gained practical experience early in her legal training by working as a corporate summer associate at Seigfreid Bingham, P.C. in 2007 and as commercial litigation summer associate at Shughart Thomson & Kilroy in 2008. After graduating from law school in 2009, she worked as a commercial litigation associate at Polsinelli, P.C, where she litigated civil and commercial matters in federal and state courts nationwide, significantly assisting in securing an $87,000,000 settlement in favor of an antitrust plaintiff class of LCD screen purchasers by managing other associates in firm-wide discovery and trial preparation projects.
In 2014, Jasmine left Polsinelli to work as in-house counsel for Hallmark Cards, Inc., and its subsidiaries, Crayola, LLC and Dayspring Cards, Inc. During this time, she managed outside counsel in personal injury, commercial, and intellectual property litigation matters and was primary licensing counsel in the drafting and negotiation of in-bound copyright, trademark, patent, and technology license agreements with industry-leading companies such as Disney, Marvel, Warner Bros, and SalesForce. She also provided legal support to the companies’ finance departments by leading negotiations to favorably resolve disputes arising out of licensing agreement related audits. During this time, Jasmine also participated in the education and training of the companies’ personnel on intellectual property rights and best practices for conducting related business transactions and worked with the Hallmark patent committee to assist with evaluation and recommendation of company inventions for patent prosecution.
Jasmine believes in giving back to the community and finds immense reward in working with local not-for-profit organizations furthering causes she closely identifies with. She proudly represents The Women’s Foundation of Greater Kansas City in the protection, enforcement, and licensing of their Appointments Project®, a civic program working to empower women and strengthen communities by increasing the gender diversity of public boards and commissions. She also sits on the Operation Breakthrough Advisory Board and assists with fund raising as well as regularly volunteers on behalf of the organization. Jasmine stays in touch with her artistic roots by participating in The Kansas City Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts, to provide legal services to qualifying artists and arts organizations from all creative disciplines.