Schneider attended the University of Connecticut School of Law where she was an Articles Editor for the Connecticut Journal of International Law, was one of 40 law students chosen to work at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C, and represented criminal defendants in Connecticut courts as part of the Criminal Clinic at UConn Law. Upon graduating with honors in 2010, Schneider took and passed the New York and New Jersey bar exams, and was admitted to practice law in both states as well as their federal courts.
Schneider worked for two years as a litigation attorney at two New York City law firms, focusing on the defense of product liability, construction and catastrophic injury matters in New York and New Jersey.
Schneider began her career as a video journalist at the Time Warner Cable channel Capital News 9, now YNN/Time Warner Cable News, where she worked as Amsterdam, New York Bureau Chief and Political Reporter. Schneider attended law school while working as Weekend Morning Anchor and Reporter at WFSB-TV in Hartford, Connecticut.
Schneider was honored with an Emmy Award for her Continuing Coverage of the Return Home New Jersey initiative by Governor Chris Christie. For 9 months, and over the course of 6 separate stories, Schneider interviewed anxious parents of disabled adults, questioned and confronted Governor Christie and his appointees, and provided detailed analysis of the program that would have forced hundreds of disabled people into group homes in New Jersey, removing them from the facilities around the country that they had lived in for decades. As a result of the media coverage, and a relentless push from parents, Governor Christie backed down in July 2015, canceling the Return Home New Jersey program.
Jessica Schneider pictured on her wedding
On May 11, 2019, Jessica Pauly Schneider and Adam Christopher Dunn Harrison were married at District Winery, a winery and restaurant in Washington. The couple has a son.
The couple met on Bumble in 2017.
Jessica, a CNN correspondent, had just relocated from New York to DC to cover the Trump administration and Adam, a project manager, had been living in DC for about a decade before they matched. For their first meeting, they decided to go for a drink at a rooftop bar in Shaw. “I felt very drawn to Adam within minutes of our meeting,” Jessica said. “I really enjoyed our conversation centered on music, sports, and family.” The two ended up getting engaged at Jessica’s favorite place, her family’s cottage in the Finger Lakes, and decided to host their big day at District Winery.