Jennifer Steenbeek holds a Juris Doctor Degree from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, Ontario. She also holds a Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in Justice Studies and a Diploma in Community and Justice Services from the University of Guelph-Humber.
Jennifer has continued to shape her academic and professional experiences to reflect her passion for justice. During the completion of her undergraduate degree she secured placements at two prominent criminal defence firms in Toronto where she confirmed her aspiration of becoming a criminal defence lawyer.
While studying at Osgoode, she became heavily involved with Osgoode’s Criminal Law Society. In her third year she co-chaired the society, implementing and organizing a number of successful initiatives and events designed to educate and assist students interested in pursuing careers in criminal justice. In addition, she completed Osgoode’s Criminal Law Intensive Programme. She was placed with the Crown Attorney’s office in downtown Toronto where she worked with, and shadowed various Crown Attorneys in the Ontario Court of Justice and the Superior Court of Justice.
Jennifer spent the summers of 2018 and 2019 working at a firm in Toronto that represents Indigenous clients in various legal proceedings. Here she gained a greater understanding for injustices experienced by marginalized individuals and communities and began to develop her written advocacy skills.
Jennifer’s intense passion for justice is an asset as she provides assistance to the lawyers and clients of Heighton Law and learns the art of advocacy.