Jess has a double degree in Bachelor of Law (LLB), Bachelor of Arts and a Diploma in Languages (French), at the University of Adelaide. She is also admitted and enrolled as a Barrister and Solicitor to the Supreme Court of South Australia and the High Court of Australia.
Jess completed an exchange at the University of Glasgow and has completed internships through the Aurora Program with the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research, Northern Land Council and MPS Law.
In 2017-18, Jess was selected as Volunteer Support with Australian Youth Climate Coalition SA Branch. In 2019 she volunteered as an advisor at the Magistrates Court Legal Advice Service. She was also selected to attend the Biodiversity and Regional Planning study tour where she went on to assist a project team with drafting a submission to the South Australian Pastoral Board.
Since 2017 she has worked in native title from linguistic, legal, anthropological, policy and academic perspectives.
Pre-admission Jess worked with the Mobile Language Team as a Project Officer and Research Assistant. She was selected as a John Bray Alumni Network Panellist to provide a recent graduate’s perspective in a conversation about effective legal communication with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients.
Most recently she worked with MPS Law and assisted a range of claim groups and Registered Native Title Body Corporates from SA and NT with progressing their native title claims and corporate governance.
Jess is keen to engage with the intersectionality of conservation, land care, climate change, and the broad cross-section of the Territory community, who currently and will continue to face the associated impacts, if our environmental management and conservation is not prioritised.
Having grown up on Kaurna country, she is looking forward to getting to know and serving the vibrant environmental community that exists in the Territory.