Lody Jean was born and raised in Haiti and is of Lebanese ancestry. She attended the University of Miami where she received her bachelor’s degree in International Studies and Political Science, as well as a minor in Foreign Languages. Ms. Jean received her Juris Doctor from St. Thomas University School of Law, during which time, she was a recipient of the Haitian Lawyers Association scholarship.
While in law school, Ms. Jean interned at the Legal Services of Greater Miami working with a staff attorney on the Haitian Citizenship Project applying for naturalization for those primarily of Haitian decent. Ms. Jean also interned at the Third District Court of Appeal, at the Miami-Dade Public Defender’s Office and Broward State Attorney’s Office. While at the 3DCA, Ms. Jean was a summer clerk for the Honorable Melvia Green who was the first African American woman to be appointed to the Miami-Dade Circuit Court.
From August 2004 to June 2012, she served with the State Attorney in Miami-Dade County, first as an Assistant State Attorney, and then as a Felony Division Chief. As a Deputy Chief, she prosecuted homicide cases and supervised Assistant State Attorneys. She is now the owner of Lody Jean, PA, specializing in immigration and criminal defense with a focus on deportation related matters. She has spoken at many forums and community gatherings on the topic of immigration law and deportation. She also volunteers her time through the Haitian Lawyers Association and other organizations at clinics dealing with many different legal issues ranging from eviction, small claims suits, citizenship and TPS (temporary protected status). She is a member of many Voluntary Bar organizations including the Judicial Diversity Initiative which is dedicated to the election and appointment of qualified black jurists to the bench. Ms. Jean is deeply devoted and passionate about all legal issues affecting the S Florida community and especially the Haitian community.