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Jessica Reekie

Executive Director

What I do here:

I’m responsible for strategic direction and oversight of day-to-day operations at OJEN. Because collaboration is key to our work at OJEN, happily this means I get to spend time brainstorming projects and ideas with talented colleagues and connecting with current and future OJEN partners in the legal, education, and community sectors.

Why I work at OJEN:

Before law school, my passion was education and international development. I never thought I’d practice law, but signed up for law school thinking that I’d continue working abroad once I graduated. I was surprised by how much I liked legal practice, but joining OJEN was an opportunity to come full circle. As a lawyer, I often encountered clients at times of real crisis – when legal problems had escalated, such that my role in helping them was truly limited. Focusing on education and building young people’s capability to manage their own legal problems is amazingly rewarding work, and it puts my law degree to good use.

What I’ve been learning about recently:

My twins are 5 years old. I’ve been learning (and let’s be honest, struggling with) how to explain abstract concepts to kindergarteners. And I thought describing legal processes in plain language was hard… 

 

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