Jenna holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences with a double major in Criminology and Psychology with Honours from the University of Ottawa, Canada. She also holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Sydney and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice. Jenna is admitted as a Lawyer to the Supreme Court of New South Wales.
Jenna has a high level of experience stemming from multiple backgrounds including leadership, counselling, teaching, and research. All of which have shaped her interest in social justice issues.
Jenna has previously worked for the Ministry of Children and Youth Services in Canada and within the community legal sector. Jenna’s experience in law extends to criminal, civil, family, and immigration law.
Jenna has a very friendly and approachable demeanour and truly cares about her clients’ rights and needs. As a lawyer, Jenna is devoted to making the best possible decisions in the interests of her clients whilst maintaining trust, integrity and efficiency. She is happy to assist in a variety of matters and provides sound and structured legal advice.
Outside of law, Jenna is a sports fanatic. Throughout her university degrees, she has played women’s varsity soccer and was a member of the University of Sydney women’s rowing team. She continues to play competitive sport and also enjoys a good surf.
Accreditations & Memberships
- Member of the Law Society of New South Wales
Jenna Lewandoski represented a 22-year-old male at Manly Local Court in relation to 3 charges of Possess Prohibited Drug and Custody of a Knife in a Public Place.
After receiving the Police Facts Sheet from the client, Jenna carefully examined the charges with the client and the client indicated that some of the charges were incorrect as they identified different drugs for each sequence. We spoke with the Prosecutor and requested a further analysis of the drugs. After a few weeks, the tests came back identifying the correct substances. The Prosecutor amended the Police Facts and charges against our client and pleas of guilty were entered to the amended charges against our client.
The maximum penalty for each of these offences is 2 years imprisonment. Our client had indicated that drug use was an issue in the past and upon being charged, the Police referred our client to the MERIT (Magistrate’s Early Referral Into Treatment) program which provides the opportunity for adult defendants with substance abuse problems to work, on a voluntary basis, toward rehabilitation in conjunction with local area health services and professionals. Our client successfully completed the 12 week MERIT program.
Ms Lewandoski made persuasive submissions before the Magistrate on sentence and she was able to persuade the Magistrate to deal with all charges against our client without recording a conviction against our client by placing him on Good Behaviour Bonds for a period of 12 months.
This matter illustrates the importance of paying attention to detail, being attentive to clients and providing strong representation in court in order to achieve the best possible outcome.