Jade is a US-qualified lawyer. She previously worked as a criminal defence lawyer at a non-profit organisation in Washington, DC, where she defended people who were unable to afford a lawyer, challenged abusive practices by law enforcement, and worked on criminal justice reform issues. While in DC, Jade also taught law school students from DC-area law schools to represent clients in criminal cases. She received her J.D. from Yale Law School and her B.A. & Sc. in Environment and International Relations from McGill University.