- Criminal Law
Admitted to the Bar:
- Alberta, 2018
- B.A. – University of Alberta
- LL.B. (University of Alberta), 2017
- Juris Doctorate – University of Alberta
- Member, Law Society of Alberta
- Member, Criminal Trial Lawyer’s Association (CTLA)
Jessica joined Barr Picard Law in October 2018 following her admission to the Alberta bar. Jessica has an undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Alberta. She returned to the University of Alberta to obtain her law degree after working in the private sector for several years.
Jessica was the President of the Indigenous Law Students Association during her second and third year of Law school. Jessica worked tirelessly on campus to raise awareness of Indigenous legal issues, with a focus on the over-representation of Indigenous peoples in the Criminal Justice system. Jessica worked with legal practitioners, Judges and non-profit agencies to educate and engage the legal and law school communities on the Gladue sentencing principle and the need for more co-operative work between agencies and Lawyers to ensure fairness in the Justice system.
While in Law school, Jessica also volunteered for Student Legal Services Criminal Division. Jessica received the Metis scholar Award in both her second and third year of Law school, in her graduating year, she received the Hadjuk Gibbs Award for academic standing and commitment to volunteering.
Jessica currently sits on the Board of Directors for CleanScene- a non-profit dedicated to rehabilitating and educating youth involved in the Criminal Justice System. She is also a member of the FASD network led by the Honourable Judge Tjosvold. Her dedication to service in the legal and human rights community began during her undergraduate studies, where she volunteered at both the Edmonton Community Legal Centre and the John Humphrey Centre for Human Rights.
Jessica is a fierce advocate for her clients and maintains good relationships with both Crown Prosecutors and the Criminal Defense bar. Her practice is informed by the belief that marginalized communities must be advocated for and offered opportunities afforded by the law to set them on a path of healing and recovery. Jessica is driven by the need to explore every possible avenue in the defense of her clients who have been charged with criminal convictions.
Jessica maintains a general Criminal Law practice and finds from client feedback that the extra time and attention that she provides each client is both refreshing and appreciated. If you are facing criminal charges, feel free to call (780) 414-5400 to book a free consultation with Jessica.