Jo Wickliffe is of Ngati Tuwharetoa, Te Arawa, Scottish and Irish descent. At 30 years of age, she began studying law at the University of Auckland, graduating in 1999. Since then, she has practised solely in the field of criminal law, including two years as a prosecutor for the Auckland SPCA and seven years as a Senior Lawyer in the Public Defence Service. She has served on the Criminal Law Committee of the Auckland District Law Society Inc for two years. For the past three years she has served as faculty on the New Zealand Law Society Litigation Skills Programme and for eight years as faculty on the Introduction to Criminal Law Programme.
Jo presented a paper at the International Bar Association Conference in Buenos Aires in 2008 and was invited to return to Canada the following year as a presenter. She provides mentoring and training to Te Whakahiapo, the Waikato University Maori Law Students Association, a role she particularly enjoys.
Jo is a barrister sole, based in Auckland and Northland with a busy practice in serious crime. She is a proud single parent of one daughter whom she raised while attending law school and building her practice.
Her personal interests include Argentine Tango, kick-boxing classes, making special occasion cakes and reading.