Jennifer Macko is an experienced litigator and social entrepreneur, with deep experience in the areas of employment, human rights, civil litigation, and poverty law. She has acted for clients before courts of all levels, including the Supreme Court of Canada, as well as at administrative tribunals including the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario and the Social Benefits Tribunal. She is a pragmatic advocate for her clients’ interests, and is experienced in alternative dispute resolution.
Prior to joining PooranLaw in September 2017, Jennifer was a staff lawyer at a community legal clinic, where she advocated for the rights of low-income clients in a variety of legal matters, including employment, human rights, social assistance, and housing, and was active within several inter-clinic law reform initiatives. She has also worked at a civil litigation boutique, and as the director of a social enterprise that provided employment opportunities to individuals returning home from prison. She is active in her community, serving on the Board of Directors of three local charities.
In her graduating year at Queen’s, Jennifer received the Dennis Marshall Contribution Award for “demonstrating, through substantial commitment, the imprint of the graduating class on the life of Queen’s Faculty of Law.”
Community involvement and advocacy work
- Board Member, John Howard Society of Toronto (2012 – present; 2017 – 2018, served as Vice President of the Board)
- Board Member, Reaching Out Through Music (2017 – present)
- Board Member, Out of Bounds Grief Support (2017 – present)
- Board Member, KLINK Coffee (past Board President) (2016 – 2018)
- Board Member, Sharing Place Food Bank (2016 – 2017)
- Mentor, Yonge Street Mission – Student Awards Program (2010 – 2015)
- Board Member, St. Leonard’s Society of Canada (2013 – 2015)
Recent blog posts
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