B.Sc., LL.B (Calgary), LL.M. (British Columbia)
Member of the Alberta bar.
Before joining the Faculty in 2000, Jennifer practiced for several years in the Northwest Territories as Crown counsel, and worked as the Legal Director of the B.C. branch of the Women's Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF), a non-profit equality rights organization. Jennifer served as Graduate Program Director from 2006-2011, and as Associate Dean (Research) from 2007-2011.
In 2012/2013, Jennifer is teaching Constitutional Law and Human Rights Law.
In April of 2010 Jennifer received a Students' Union Teaching Excellence Award. This award recognizes the outstanding achievement and contributions to students in the classroom by exceptional teachers.
On a national level, Jennifer was awarded the 2013 Canadian Association of Law Teachers (CALT) Prize for Academic Excellence. This award honours exceptional contributions to research and law teaching by a Canadian law teacher in mid-career.
Jennifer's research interests are in the areas of constitutional law, equality and human rights, state responses to violence, legal theory, and public interest advocacy. She spent the fall 2011 term at New York University as a Global Research Fellow, conducting a comparative study of specialized domestic violence courts in Calgary and New York.
In 2012/2013, Jennifer will serve as a member of the Faculty's Skills / Lawyering Strategic Plan Initiative and as the Faculty's representative on GFC's Research & Scholarship Committee. In the winter term 2013, Jennifer will chair the Levy Report (Mooting and Debating) Review / Implementation Committee.
In 2004 Jennifer was awarded TUCFA's Community Service Award for her contributions to the equality seeking community. Until the summer of 2012, Jennifer regularly sat on LEAF case subcommittees. She is a member of the Equality Effect's 160 girls volunteer legal team and a founding member of the Women's Court of Canada.