Interim Executive Director

First Legal Defense

Leena Odeh is a legal advocate, consultant, professor, and community weaver.

Leena co-leads people-centered transformative justice organizations with the belief that creating sustainable and alternative systems to punishment, domination, consumption, and control, is as important as dismantling these harmful systems and structures. Leena advises, invests in, and sits on the boards of groups working on transformative justice “glocally.” In her spare time, she is committed to a practice of unearthing and preserving the embodied cultural wisdom to honor our elders and ancestors and carry on that wisdom generation after generation.

Leena holds a B.A. from Carleton College and JD from Northeastern University School of Law. She is an alumna of the Center for Constitutional Rights Movement Lawyering Fellows and co-founder of Reed Smith LLC’s Pro Bono Detained Refugee Protection Project. She hails from Chicago’s southwest side.


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