Jen BlackInnovation and Impact Manager
Jen is a lawyer who has held a number of senior roles in the legal assistance sector, assisting individuals navigate the justice system and advocating for meaningful, systemic change.
Jen is currently on maternity leave.
Jen has worked in criminal and civil justice systems, including forensic mental health, mental impairment and fitness to plead, family violence, therapeutic, community and specialist courts.
Most recently Jen was a Principal Lawyer at Fitzroy Legal Service where she co-led a large team of lawyers to deliver high quality advice, casework and advocacy. Jen also co-led a number of innovative projects which partnered with community, people with lived experience, sector and services to assess legal need, design and develop innovative and sophisticated legal service delivery.
Prior to this Jen practiced in summary and indictable crime at the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency in Darwin and in appeals at Victoria Legal Aid.
Jen has a Master of Human Rights Law (LLM) through the University of Melbourne, with a focus on criminal law and disability human rights. She has held positions of community leadership including as a member of the executive for the Yarra Drug and Health Forum