Courtney Pickus holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations & Global Affairs from Eckerd College and received a J.D. at The University of Oregon School of Law where she earned certificates international Law and Ocean & Coastal Law.
Courtney has dedicated her studies and career to social and environmental justice. In her undergraduate studies she spent a special term studying human rights and global conflicts at the United Nations in New York, and in law school she participated in Tulane Law School’s summer international law program in The Netherlands where she focused on international human rights law and refugee law. Following law school, Courtney interned for The Humane Society in Washington D.C. working on their wildlife litigation team. She then moved back to her home State of Colorado to work for Colorado State Senator Gail Schwartz where she focused on a range of policy issues from public lands and water use to health insurance reform. Courtney also worked for the Thompson Divide Coalition, an environmental non-profit, where she advocated for the conservation of public lands. In 2016 Courtney worked for the Colorado Democratic Party, campaigning for the presidential, senate, and house races throughout Colorado's Western Slope.
In the spring of 2017 Courtney worked in Djibouti, located in the Horn of Africa, practicing US immigration law for refugees from Yemen. Living with a Yemeni family and serving hundreds of refugees each week in order to help them gain the safety and security of a new life in the United States was a life-changing experience for Courtney, and she knew this was where the future of her career would be. Following her time in Djibouti, Courtney spent 6 months in Ecuador and Panama strengthening her Spanish language skills in order to better understand and communicate with her clients. At the Law Office of Robert B. Jobe, Courtney works with clients in their asylum proceedings, focusing on clients from Central and South America.