Understood broadly, workers and their work have been the focus of Jamie’s career. Before law, she researched traditional music and the musicians who make it in Southern Brazil. In addition to other aspects of the public life of traditional music, she examined how traditional musicians access government funding to piece together their livelihoods. She defended her dissertation on that topic in 2019. While writing, Jamie also worked as a TA and was part of the historic vote to unionize graduate students at Brown University with the American Federation of Teachers.
Ready for a new challenge, Jamie shifted to studying law at the University of Toronto to work for working people. She worked at the student clinic Advocate for Injured Workers (AIW), where she represented injured workers with their WSIB matters. Under the guidance of the AIW community outreach organizer, she created the clinic's first Spanish-language support group for and by injured workers. Jamie served as a co-manager of Artists Legal Advice Services, a no-cost clinic exclusively for Canadian artists’ legal issues in relation to their artistic work. She also worked as a researcher at a large public-sector union.
Jamie received the Jeffrey W. Egner Prize and the Alexander C. Pathy QC Prize, both of which are awards for excellence in the field of labour law.
Jamie articled at CaleyWray before joining the firm as an associate.
Outside the office, Jamie enjoys reading and trying to keep up with politics. She speaks Spanish and Portuguese.