Jane Rydholm

Q&A

What do you really do at work?
For the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, I oversee its Coalition against Human Trafficking, Youth Restorative Justice Initiative, International Collaboratives, and other programs. My responsibilities range from developing high-level partnerships to handling logistics for the Academy’s Ireland Program. As Executive Director of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers Foundation, I work closely with the President and Trustees to make sure the Foundation runs as smoothly as possible.

Describe your Perfect Day.
A new city to explore. Family along for the ride. Discoveries all day long.

What’s your Superpower?
Animal Magnetism: My urban home contains a menagerie of rescued pets (two dogs, a cat, two guinea pigs), my family volunteers weekly at a parrot sanctuary, and we also take care of two llamas on a nearby farm!

What’s your life motto?
Let Your Life Speak

What inspires you?
The Academy Fellows do! I have endless admiration for their pro bono activities and the meaningful results they have accomplished.

An intrepid traveler, Jane has visited places all over the globe from the Amazon to Xi’an. She is a country collector (over 40 and counting!) and has spent extended periods of time in South America, Europe, and Asia. She strives to rectify social injustices and be a good role model for her two daughters.

Jane is a licensed attorney. During her time as an Assistant Attorney General, she worked extensively in the area of non-profit law. Jane also managed a human trafficking program for a social justice organization, and has served on numerous non-profit boards. Her experience in private practice focused on non-profit and criminal law, immigration, and business litigation. She regularly teaches university courses in criminal justice. Jane earned her J.D. magna cum laude from William Mitchell College of Law, and graduated cum laude from St. Olaf College.