VIRTUAL CONFERENCE 2022
Thursday, June 30th,
1:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT
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Julia Mogus is an incoming 3L student at the University of Toronto Faculty Law. After completing her Masters in Criminology at UofT, Julia committed to becoming a lawyer and the first person in her family to go to law school. During her second year of law school Julia interned at Tesla Inc. With her niche background in criminology and data analytics, she intends to become a corporate lawyer, focusing in compliance, securities and financial regulation. Julia is also a ballerina, training and studying under the American Ballet Theatre.
LAW SCHOOL GRADUATES
André Moreau graduated from McGill University's Faculty of Law joint B.C.L./LL.B. program in 2019. During his time as a law student, André was actively involved on campus and participated in numerous international experiences. Following his studies, André articled at the National Judicial Institute in Ottawa before moving to Iqaluit, Nunavut where he has taken on a law-adjacent role as the Government of Nunavut's Circumpolar Affairs Advisor.
Rachel Chan is currently a Judicial Law Clerk at the Supreme Court of Canada, clerking for Justice Michael Moldaver in the 2021-2022 term. In this role, she assists the Court with appeals of national significance including both criminal and civil matters. She has also clerked at the Court of Appeal for Ontario for Chief Justice George R. Strathy and Justices David M. Paciocco, Julie A. Thorburn, and Steve A. Coroza.
In the fall, she will return to McCarthy Tetrault LLP as an associate in the Litigation Group, where she maintains a general practice, with an interest in constitutional litigation.
Rachel received her J.D. from the University of Toronto in 2019, graduating with Distinction. She also participated in an exchange to the National University of Singapore. While in law school, she served as a Research Assistant to Professors Yasmin Dawood and Martha Shaffer, volunteered with the Immigration and Refugee Division of Downtown Legal Services, and was an active member of the competitive moot program.
Rachel obtained her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from Queen’s University with a major in Sociology and minor in Political Studies, graduating with Distinction. During this time, she also participated in an exchange to the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.
Karen Chen is a union-side labour and human rights lawyer at Goldblatt Partners, one of Canada’s leading labour law firms. She helps workers unionize, enforce their rights, and stand up to their employers. She also represents employees in sexual harassment and discrimination cases arising out of the workplace. She attended law school at the University of Toronto after working as a newspaper reporter and radio producer and brings her sense of curiosity and compassion to her legal work. In law school, she was involved in refugee rights advocacy and legal challenges, Innocence Canada, and constitutional law moot competitions.
I was a solicitor in the UK practicing in commercial real estate and environmental law from 1990 until 1998 when I married a Canadian and immigrated to Canada. I studied for the Law Society’s LLB equivalency exams and the Ontario Bar Admission Course while articling (and while pregnant!). I was called to the Ontario Bar in 2000. I started work as a duty counsel in Scarborough in Jan 2001. I became an assistant Crown Attorney in Scarborough in Sept 2002. In 2006 I joined Project Pathfinder – a major gang prosecution involving 4 murders and numerous drug and gun related charges. Pathfinder was taken over by the newly formed Guns and Gangs unit, but I stayed a Scarborough crown- I was on the Pathfinder team for 2 rounds of proceedings against Tyshan Riley – the murder and then a double shooting attempted murder. In the latter I argued the admissibility of non-judically authorized (s.184.4) intercepts – and the evidence was admitted resulting in a finding of guilt and additional 18 year sentence. Everything was appealed and everything has been upheld by the OCA. In 2010 I joined Guns and Gangs officially and specialized in prosecuting large, complex criminal organizations – usually street gangs. I was a team member on Project Marvel (prosecuting the Driftwood Crips and YBK). I was team lead on Project Kronic (prosecuting Driftwood gangs again and fentanyl and gun trafficking between Toronto and Northern Ontario. I moved out of Toronto and started prosecuting in Newmarket in June 2018 – returning to a more general practice that includes sexual assaults, domestic violence and other crimes. However, my speciality is large, complex serious cases – for example the seven accused homicide I am currently involved in. In Newmarket I successfully litigated another raft of wire-tap related cases, the most challenging was a raft of authorizations based on Confidential Informant. Despite the intensity, stress and other challenges, I still love my work!
LAW ADMISSIONS PANEL
A passionate and dedicated senior academic administrator at McGill University, Andra has been a member of the Barreau du Québec since 2015. After completing a BA in Environmental Studies in 2009 (McGill), an MSc in Geography in 2011 (Concordia) and BCL/LLB in 2014 (McGill), Andra started her career as in-house counsel at CN in 2015, where she practiced administrative, environmental and Aboriginal law. In 2018, Andra returned to her alma mater in the role of Assistant Dean (Admissions & Recruitment) at the McGill Faculty of Law, where she leads the BCL/JD Admissions Office team in the efficient, transparent and equitable application of the Faculty’s admissions policy. At McGill, Andra strives for educational leadership in equity, diversity and inclusion-related initiatives. She is particularly committed to dismantling barriers to higher education and the legal profession and has sat on the Faculty of Law’s Equity Committee. An avid supporter of the protection and promotion of natural spaces, Andra has also served as an English language editor for the Morgan Arboretum since 2019. She lives in Montréal with her husband, son and two cats.
Born and raised in Toronto, Lexie is a rising 2L at Stanford Law School. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2021 with a bachelor’s degree in political science. Lexie realized she wanted to be a lawyer in the tenth grade. She loved just how dynamic the profession was—the law touches every industry, so having a J.D. gives lawyers the opportunity to explore virtually anything they’re interested in. In college, she took a plethora of legal classes to get a feel for her interests and help prepare her for what was to come in law school. She was fortunate to have received offers from a variety of law schools in Canada and the United States but ultimately, she knew Stanford was the right place for her. At Stanford, Lexie is a member of the Environmental Law Pro Bono Team, the Stanford Law and Policy Review, and the Black Law Students Association. Currently, her passion lies in corporate law, and she hopes to one day work in-house for a company effecting real change. In pursuit of this goal, this summer Lexie is working in house at a fintech startup in New York. She looks forward to discussing more about her law school journey with you all!
Nicholas Pope is an LSAT tutor and the founder of Ottawa LSAT. He wrote the LSAT in 2011, scoring in the 98th percentile, and has been teaching LSAT for nearly a decade. He graduated in 2015 from University of Calgary Faculty of Law and was called to the Ontario Bar in 2019. He currently practices as a human rights lawyer at Hameed Law in Ottawa, where he advocates for systemic change by litigating discrimination claims before human rights tribunals and holding the government accountable through judicial review. Nicholas is also the developer of LegalCite automation software, which he has made available for free for students.
PRINCETON REVIEW LSAT WORKSHOP
Toronto-based tutor Aaron Lindh finds inspiration in the moment when a student “gets it”—when all the hard work pays off and a concept that was formerly impossible becomes easy. He approaches each tutorial by identifying the strengths, abilities, and learning style of each student, and works to develop confidence accordingly. He’s responsible for training and certifying new teachers and tutors, developing new teaching programs, and training new Princeton Review trainers in North America—and abroad. Aaron has been recognized for his kindness and patience with his students. Parents appreciate the open communication and updates throughout the tutorial.
Aaron’s students have been accepted to Ivy League schools, Stanford, and MIT, among other top-ranking programs and universities. Due to his continued excellence as a tutor, Aaron was named The Princeton Review Canada’s Tutor of the Year in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020. In addition, Aaron was Canada’s first Premier Tutor and first Star Tutor. As Content Director of High School Programs from 2018 through 2020, Aaron was responsible for all The Princeton Review’s materials for the SAT, ACT, PSAT, SAT Subject Tests, and AP tests. He also directed the design, creation, and implementation of TPR’s courses and tutoring and establishing training standards in those test types. Aaron also lead the team that creates The Princeton Review’s titles in these test types published through Random House, including Cracking the SAT, Cracking the ACT, and 10 Practice Tests for the SAT. In September 2020, Aaron stepped down as Content Director to return to school; he is currently pursuing his Master of Arts in Curriculum and Pedagogy at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto.