Jennifer Grace Lea
Jennifer Grace Lea serves as legal counsel, Europe, with ADF International, advocating for religious liberty, life, and the family, including marriage. Lea focuses on human rights, the European Union, and public international law. She also advises on legal matters involving the United Nations, European Court of Human Rights, Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, European Parliament, and related Council of Europe institutions based in Strasbourg.
Prior to contracting with ADF International, Lea worked as an attorney with the Judge Advocate General’s Corps, United States Air Force. As the sole defense counsel at both McConnell Air Force Base in Kansas and Vance Air Force Base in Oklahoma, she handled the majority of all military trials. Lea’s portfolio also included disciplinary proceedings and discharges for over 5,000 USAF personnel. Before that assignment, she served as chief of military justice and chief of legal assistance at Wright-Patterson AFB in Ohio, where she advised on a wide range of issues: criminal justice, estate planning, family law, and real property, among others.
Lea earned her Juris Doctor in 2011 at Marshall Wythe School of Law at William and Mary in Virginia. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology (magna cum laude) from Covenant College in Georgia, followed by a Master’s degree in International Affairs from the Institute Catholique de Paris/American University of Paris. Lea is a member of the state bars of Tennessee and Virginia.
As the daughter of missionary parents, Lea grew up in sub-Saharan Africa and the south of France. She speaks fluent English and French, as well as conversational Spanish.