Jessica obtained her Juris Doctor from Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Political Science, in 2013 from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, BC.
Jessica’s criminal law experience began in her second year of law school at the Indigenous Community Legal Clinic (ICLC) in the Downtown Eastside, where she held the position of temporary articled student for eight months. In 2016, Jessica relocated to Calgary to complete her articles at Calgary Legal Guidance (CLG), a poverty law clinic where she represented numerous clients charged with criminal offences and ran several legal clinics a month offering free legal advice for criminal matters. The ICLC and CLG have provided her with valuable courtroom experience, and working with people facing poverty has provided her with a strong understanding of the unique circumstances individuals face when charged with a criminal offence. Before coming on to Kahane Law, she was a contract lawyer at Calgary Legal Guidance for their Homeless Outreach Program. She still volunteers at CLG as a criminal lawyer and Indigenous Law researcher.