Osgoode Hall Law Journal

OHLJ is a highly-regarded interdisciplinary law journal, known for its excellence in publishing academic articles on law and legal theory that showcase innovation and provocative approaches to legal knowledge. 

As an Associate Editor of OHLJ, I was part of a review team that assessed the quality of journal article submissions during the initial stages of the rigorous review process. 

 

"Time to Attach"

Researchers at Western University - led by Professors Carolyn McLeod and Lorraine Davies - in partnership with Adopt4Life (Ontario's adoptive parents' association), are advocating for an additional 15 weeks of 'attachment leave' through Employment Insurance benefits for adoptive parents, and kin and customary caregivers. This would make parental leave for these parents and caregivers equitable to that of biological parents. Attachment leave would allow more time for families formed through adoption to develop bonds and attachments, and to address any unique needs they may have.

In my capacity as Consultant, I contributed research support and offered feedback on drafts. The final 

report, "Time to Attach: The Need for EI Attachment Benefits" was produced for Ontario’s Adoptive Parents' Association and the Adoption Council of Canada; released May 2019 and available here

PBSC Wills Project

Pro Bono Students Canada (PBSC) is a national 22-chapter organization that seeks to improve access to justice for low-income individuals and non-profit groups. PBSC facilitates supervised clinical training for law students to deliver high-quality legal services and encourages a culture of pro bono in the legal profession.

 

My role in the Wills Project through PBSC-Osgoode Hall involved drafting wills for low-income clients, under the supervision of Toronto-based lawyer Matthias Duensing.

AODA Alliance

The AODA Alliance is a disability advocacy group that works to support the full and effective implementation of accessibility standards in Ontario, notably, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act 2005.

This group is led by prominent Toronto-based Canadian human rights lawyer, law professor, and community advocate David Lepofsky.

As a law student volunteer, I contributed to various projects on accessibility. Most recently, I reviewed and edited an AODA Alliance report that was submitted to the David Onley AODA Independent Review.

From January to May 2019, I was the AODA Alliance Team Lead for a Healthcare Accessibility Project.