By Diana Rozo, JFCY PLE Team Member

Andrea Luey has worked as a lawyer at JFCY since 2009. She works with clients and also runs the Public Legal Education Team.

Andrea during the JFCY PLE Team filming of a legal rights video

Before she worked at JFCY, she worked for Kensington-Bellwoods Community Legal Services in Toronto and Kinna-aweya Legal Clinic in Thunder Bay. Andrea volunteers regularly at The 519 Church Street Community Centre, where she coordinates the free Legal Advice and Referral Clinic, geared towards assisting low-income queer and trans people with legal issues. What captivated her about being a lawyer was the ability to help people, while having an intellectually stimulating career. Nevertheless, before making her decision she had thought about different careers such as counselling and construction work. However, if she were to have a second career she would run a bed and breakfast which offers a fitness facility. 

Andrea at the 2011 JFCY AGM

Why does Andrea love her job at JFCY? She loves her job at JFCY because all of her clients are youth.  Even though fighting for youth rights may be challenging at times-it is also extremely rewarding. When Andrea is not in the court room or at her desk, she loves to spend time with her partner, go to the gym and hang out with friends after a hectic day at work. Her favourite TV shows at the moment are Parks and Recreation, The Good Wife, Parenthood, and of course… Seinfeld.  When asked what advice she would give to people considering a career in law, Andrea’s advice is to be prepared to work hard, but remember not to doubt your own abilities!

This Profile was written by Diana Rozo, a volunteer member of JFCY’s PLE Team.  Diana is a student at York University.