Jennifer obtained a joint B.C.L./LL.B degree from McGill University, receiving numerous academic distinctions throughout her studies and graduating second in her class. Following her studies, Jennifer clerked at the Supreme Court of Canada for the Honourable Mr. Justice Marshall Rothstein.
Jennifer has been a member of the Law Society of Ontario since 2011. She practiced law for over two years at the Ottawa office of a national law firm in a group headed by former Supreme Court of Canada Justice Michel Bastarache. In early 2014, she moved to a boutique litigation firm specializing in public law and working in affiliation with Mr. Bastarache. Her practice has engaged a broad range of significant issues in constitutional and administrative law. She has been involved in litigation including before the Supreme Court of Canada dealing with issues of federalism, constitutional rights, procedural fairness, and substantive review of administrative decisions.
Jennifer has published articles on the role of socio-economic rights in South African refugee law and on the reasonableness standard in Canadian administrative law. She is also the lead author of a chapter on the right to receive public services in both official languages, in the third edition of Les droits linguistiques au Canada.
Jennifer is actively engaged in various pro bono initatives. She is currently a member of Egale Canada’s Legal Issues Committee, supervises student projects as a mentor with Pro Bono Students Canada, and recently led a pro bono intervention before the Supreme Court of Canada on behalf of Amnesty International in a refugee law case.
While at the University of Cambridge, she will further develop her knowledge of public law by studying approaches from different jurisdictions and the historical evolution of contemporary concepts in Canadian public law.