OF THE UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO

Meet your

SLS 2019-20

 
 
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Morgan Watkins, President - 3L

Morgan is from Toronto and received her undergraduate degree from McGill University. Before law school, Morgan worked in the Office of the Attorney General of Ontario. Throughout law school Morgan has volunteered with Advocates for Injured Workers, and was Co-Director of the clinic in her second year. Morgan summered at McCarthy Tétrault this summer.

Morgan wants students to be involved in the decisions being made about their educational experience. This year she’ll work with the SLS team to serve students through community-building and advocacy that reflects our values of excellence, inclusion and respect.

Dean’s Committees: Financial Aid, Truth & Reconciliation, Admissions

 


 
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Delana Zamparo, Vice President - 2L

Delana completed her undergraduate degree in criminology at both the University of Ottawa and University of Western Ontario. She grew up in Vaughan, just outside of Toronto (which makes her very sympathetic to commuters!). During her undergrad, she was a member of the Pre-Law Society and Outreach Team, tasked with the planning of a variety of law-related events such as mock trials, networking events, and a variety of philanthropic initiatives. She operates a swim school during the summer and spends her time managing an amazing team of employees as well as teaching a variety of swimming and first-aid courses. She is looking forward to an amazing year at U of T law!

 


 
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Robert Nanni, Vice President - 2L

Robert is a third-year JD/MBA student, having graduated with a B.Sc. in chemistry and psychology from Western University (#GoMustangs). Robert loves fostering community in the law school, which is why he is involved in Out in Law, First Generation Network, O-Week, and wherever else he can actively make a difference. He is currently a summer student at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP.

When not texting, Snapchatting, scrolling through Instagram, or otherwise caught up in his phone, you can catch Robert "studying" at the law library – feel free to say hi!

Dean’s Committees: Financial Aid, Library

 
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Ifrah Farah - 1L

Ifrah is a first year law student from Toronto (Scarborough <3). In undergrad, Ifrah worked on projects relating to diversity and inclusion, including an internship at the Multi-Faith Centre and the Centre for Women and Trans People at U of T. She also was active in the student government, serving as a board member on the UTSU. Ifrah is currently an exec member of the Black Law Students' Association, a JD student ambassador, and a member of the International Human Rights Programme's women's working group. Ifrah hopes to help plan social events for the law school that are both fun and accessible to all students.

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Madeleine Carswell - 1L

Madeleine is a first-year JD student who completed a BA and MA in Sociology at Western University. While at Western, Madeleine was a member of the school’s Varsity Level Dance Team, as well as the President of the Western Pre-Law Society. This year Madeleine will be volunteering with Downtown Legal Services and the Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights in the Climate Change Working Group.

As a member of SLS Madeleine hopes to foster a sense of community through events that will cater to all students across the law school. Madeleine loves to plan events and is very excited to assist the SLS social team this upcoming year!

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Branden Cave - 1L

Branden is a born and raised farm boy from central Alberta. He completed a BA in economics at the University of Calgary and an MSc in economics and econometrics at the University of Nottingham. Branden has been involved in the student movement for several years and looks forward to putting that experience to use for his fellow 1Ls. He hopes to ensure that the law school is transparent, accountable, and flexible to the needs of students.

Dean’s Committees: Financial Aid

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Ema Ibrakovic - 1L

Ema is a first-year JD student at the Faculty of Law. She's a fresh grad from UofT with a degree in Ethics, Society & Law, and Political Science. She’s really hyped to be a StAG rep this year, and hopes to bring more accessibility and diversity to the law school. She’s also involved in Advocates for Injured Workers and the Litigation Association. In her spare time, Ema likes to stay active and get involved with provincial and federal politics.

Dean’s Committees: Gender, Accessibility & Diversity, Mental Health & Wellness

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Maddi Thomas - 1L

Maddi is a first year law student from Vancouver, BC. She graduated from McGill with a dual degree in Sociology and International Development.

Before beginning law school, Maddi took a much needed year off from academics and spent time travelling, coaching volleyball and trying new restaurants.

Maddi is interested in health law and policy, and this year at U of T she is also involved with the Health Law Club and Pro Bono Students Canada. She loves meeting new people so please introduce yourself if you see her in the hallway!

 
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Dhriti Chakravarty - 1L

Dhriti comes into U of T Law with a B.Sc. in Biology and a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Calgary. This year Dhriti will be volunteering with Pro-Bono Students Canada on their new Toronto East Employment Law Services (TEELS) program and be serving as a 1L representative for the South Asian Law Students Association (SALSA). As a member of SLS she hopes to ensure that her peers are prepared for competitive employment within the legal field. She will be sitting on the Dean’s Advisory Committee of Clinical & Experiential Education with the goal of increasing equitable student opportunities for hands-on experience to explore their legal interests. She is friendly and enthusiastic about helping her peers so feel free to stop her in the halls for a chat at any time!

Dean’s Committees: Clinical & Experiential

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Willem Crispin-Frei - 1L

Willem, a Torontonian yet to escape the centre of the universe’s gravity, completed both his BA in Classics and Urban Studies and his MA in Classics at UofT. Last year, he worked as a middle/high school teacher for Latin among other subjects, but is glad to be back on the student side. He plans to build on his past student advocacy at UofT as a 1L StAG rep engaging with recent cuts to education funding and consulting with students to improve the 1L experience for a diverse student body.

With an active interest in public policy and “productive” procrastination, Willem looks forward to having conversations with fellow students about StAG, UofT, that random bit of Latin in your latest reading, or the latest spicy meme.

Dean’s Committees: Curriculum, Library

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Zarin Zahra - 2L

Zarin is a second-year law student who received her Honours B.Sc. in Psychology and Global Health with a minor in Environmental Studies from the University of Toronto. Prior to entering law school, she worked as a research assistant in the Psychiatry Department at St. Michael’s Hospital. This past summer, Zarin worked as a law student at the College of Psychologists of Ontario. In her spare time, she likes to practice her art, hang out with friends, binge watch Netflix, and attend yoga classes.

As someone who greatly enjoys event planning and being involved in the community, Zarin is excited to return as a Social Affairs rep for the second year. In addition to her role with the SLS, you can find her planning events as an executive member of Women & the Law. Zarin hopes to continue fostering strong relationships amongst the law school’s student body through the many exciting events we have planned for this year!

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Celina Kassam - 2L

Celina is a second year law student from Edmonton, AB. She completed an undergraduate commerce degree while playing varsity soccer in the U.S. She is heavily involved with intramurals as the co-president of the Faculty of Law Athletic Association. As a 2L rep on SLS, Celina is looking forward to bringing more events to the law school.

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Rachael Girolametto-Prosen - 2L

Rachael came to U of T Law last year fresh out of Western University, where she completed a business degree. She is excited to be a StAG rep for a second year and to continue to push an agenda of inclusion, openness, and communication. You can also find her planning Law Review events as the journal's Director of Strategy.

In her spare time, Rachael loves to relive her athletic past, and, depending on the day, laces up either her running shoes or hockey skates. However, she can usually be found studying in the library or in a Muskoka chair at the waterfront. Come say hi!

Dean’s Committees: Mental Health & Wellness, Library

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Renuka Koilpillai - 2L

Renuka was born and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She subsequently moved down south to complete her undergrad at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in sociology and psychology with a minor in public policy. Since coming to law school, Renuka has also gotten involved with Downtown Legal Services. In her spare time, she likes to cheer on UNC (not Duke) basketball and have her friends over for wine and cheese nights.

Last year as a member of SLS, Renuka sat on the Gender, Accessibility, and Diversity Dean's committee and was specifically involved in drafting the Faculty's equity complaints process. This year, Renuka hopes to continue other diversity efforts on the committee, as well as helping with other StAG policy initiatives.

Dean’s Committees: Gender, Accessibility & Diversity, Clinical & Experiential

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Andre Damata - 2L

Andre is a second-year JD/MBA student who received his Specialized Honours B.Sc. in Kinesiology and Health Science at York University. During his time at law school, Andre has been involved in a variety of organizations including his role as Associate Editor for the University of Toronto Faculty of Law Review, Law Firm Mentoring Leader for the LAWS program, Clinic Volunteer and Manager for the Artists’ Legal Advice Services clinic and Intramural Sports Player. As someone who likes to get involved with the school’s community, Andre is excited for his role as a Social Affairs rep.

This summer, Andre worked as a law intern for the Office of the Attorney General’s policy division. During his spare time (he’s not sure what that even means), Andre enjoys to play and watch sports, hang out with friends and to rant about the terrible ending of Game of Thrones. If you ever catch him in the halls (more likely to be found in Bora) feel free to say hi and strike up a conversation.

 
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Alexander Severance - 2L

Although originally from Philadelphia, Alex has lived in Canada for the past nine years. He attended undergrad at McGill, where he majored in Economics. Before law school, he worked for five years as a business analyst at Capital One in their Toronto office. As one of the 2L StAG representatives, Alex is part of a group representing the needs and concerns of the Class of 2021. Having represented students and others in a variety of roles in the past, he plans to bring a diversity of 2L opinions to the table in his work on the committee.

Dean’s Committees: Curriculum, Mooting & Advocacy

 
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Dana O’Shea - 3L

Dana is from Calgary and completed her undergrad degree at Queen’s University. At Queen’s, Dana was a co-chair on the ArtSci Social Justice Committee and an Event Coordinator for Women in International Security. From organizing the first drag show on Queen’s campus to a clothing drive for Kingston women’s shelters, Dana has always enjoyed planning and executing events as a way to bring people together. At law school, Dana has been involved in mental health initiatives such as the Peer Mental Health Support Program and the Health and Wellness Committee. Outside of law school, Dana spends time at spin class or hanging out with her cat to de-stress. She can’t wait to help facilitate a fun, accessible, and memorable year for the law community!

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Ioana Dragalin - 3L

Ioana received her H.B.Sc in Human Biology and Ethics, Society and Law from the University of Toronto. During her time at law school, Ioana has been deeply involved in the mooting program, both as a mooter and as a coach

Ioana has also worked as an editor for the University of Toronto Faculty of Law Review, the Critical Analysis of Law Journal, and Ultra Vires, the Faculty of Law student newspaper.

This summer, Ioana worked at Hicks Morley. In her spare time, Ioana enjoys cross-stitch, pushing her cats (Sophie and Huckleberry) off of her jigsaw puzzles, and reading fantasy books about women with swords.

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Hanna Singer - 3L

Hanna is a third year law student and previously graduated from McGill University with a B.A. in Honours Political Science and a double minor in Economics and History. Before law school, she worked at the Canadian Embassy in Washington and as an aide to a Member of Parliament. This past summer Hanna worked at McCarthy Tétrault.

Hanna has valued her time at law school: from being a research assistant, to competing in and coaching a competitive moot, to co-captaining the law school’s ultimate frisbee team. The law school community has enabled her to grow, learn and feel supported. Hanna is eager now to pay it forward and ensure that others have equally positive experiences.

Dean’s Committees: Curriculum, Admissions

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Brendan Cassidy - 3L

Brendan came to Toronto for law school in 2017 as a mature student and a lifelong coastal British Columbian. Originally from Victoria, he studied computer engineering and business at UVic, graduating in 2007. He then spent ten years in an engineering and management career in Vancouver that spanned two Fortune-ranked multinational corporations and two renewable energy technology start-up companies. Brendan is most proud of his time at General Fusion, an experimental nuclear fusion energy technology company where he directed several multidisciplined engineering projects, spearheaded an open innovation and crowdsourcing initiative, directed an innovative data science project in collaboration with Microsoft, and helped secure over $80M in government financing.

Brendan has been an elected representative of SLS’s StAG for all three of his years at UofT law. He sits on the law school’s Curriculum Committee and helped design the new intersession term based on extensive engagement with the student body.

Dean’s Committees: Admissions

 
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Sarah Kanko - 3L

Sarah grew up in Toronto but spent the past decade living and studying in Hamilton. She did her undergrad in McMaster’s Arts and Science programme and a Master’s in Philosophy with a focus on legal theory. She loves plants, running, and a good comedy panel show. She is also excited to be part of StAG and to work (more or less behind the scenes) on behalf of the 3L students.

Dean’s Committees: Mental Health & Wellness, Admissions

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Mehak Kawatra - 3L

Mehak is a 3L with an undergraduate degree in Criminology, English, and Sociology from the University of Toronto (Mississauga). She brings a strong equity perspective to SLS discussions and policy-making, and is also keen on developing the academic and co-curricular resources available at the law school. Mehak aspires to practice general litigation, but is also interested in intellectual property law and human rights law. She will be articling at Bennett Jones LLP.

Dean’s Committees: Gender, Accessibility & Diversity, Mooting & Advocacy, Admissions