Hicks Morley welcomes the Articling Student Class of 2022–2023
Hicks Morley welcomes the Articling Student Class of 2022–2023.
Abiola Akinyemi received her Juris Doctor from Queen’s University. Prior to law school, she received her Honours Bachelor of Arts with Distinction from York University. In addition to being a student ambassador for the Faculty of Law, Abiola served as the program coordinator and co-commissioner of the Equity and Diversity Committee, and was awarded the Faculty of Law Dean’s Council Diversity Award for the 2021–2022 academic year. She continued her commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion while completing a semester exchange at Uppsala University in Sweden.
Misbah Anis received her Juris Doctor from the University of Windsor. Prior to law school, she received her Honours Bachelor of Commerce from McMaster University. As a law student, Misbah was the president of the Labour & Employment Law Society for Windsor Law and a teaching assistant for the Civil Procedure and Contract Law class. She was also a peer mentor for incoming first-year law students and she volunteered with Community Legal Aid, representing low-income clients in a variety of matters.
Avleen Banwait received her Juris Doctor from the University of Windsor. Prior to law school, she received her Honours Bachelor of Arts from Western University. Avleen was awarded the distinction of Top Oralist in the BLG/Cavalluzzo Labour Arbitration moot. Avleen previously worked as a policy assistant at the Financial Services Commission of Ontario and she served as the president of the Women of Colour Legal Alliance of Windsor. Avleen is fluent in Punjabi, speaks intermediate French and Hindi, and is currently learning Spanish.
Brittany Bates received her Juris Doctor degree from Western University. Prior to law school, she obtained her Honours Bachelor of Arts and her Master of Industrial Relations from Queen’s University. Brittany was the co-chair of the Community Outreach Committee, co-president of the Labour and Employment Law Society and program manager of the Sport Solution Clinic. She received the J.S.D. Tory Writing Prize and the Law Society of Ontario Prize for graduating in the top 15 students of her class.
Kelly Brennan completed her Juris Doctor at the University of Ottawa, graduating magna cum laude. Prior to law school, she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Thomas University. Kelly was awarded top advocate and top team at the Nelligan O’Brien Payne First Year Moot competition, was a member of the semi-finalist cohort for the Fox Intellectual Property Moot, and represented the University of Ottawa in the Arnup Cup Trial Advocacy competition. Her interest in employment law developed while she worked in the employee relations group of a large Canadian financial institution.
Rebecca Feldman received her Juris Doctor from Western University. Prior to law school, she earned her Honours Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Guelph. While in law school, Rebecca volunteered for Pro Bono Students Canada, worked as a teaching assistant, co-chaired the Student Careers Committee, acted as managing editor for Western Law’s online newspaper, and conducted research for the development of a business law textbook for undergraduate and graduate students. Rebecca also frequently participated in advocacy competitions.
Sarah Holly received her Juris Doctor from Queen’s University. Prior to law school, she received her Bachelor of Arts degree from McGill University, where she helped launch the McGill Chapter of “It’s on Us” to help reduce sexual violence on campus. At Queen’s, Sarah completed a Public International Law Certificate, earned the course prize in employment law, served as a student caseworker at Queen’s Legal Aid, and was a peer mentor for the Queen’s Pre-Law Society and an inaugural member of the Advocacy Club.
Lavan Narenthiran received his Juris Doctor from Western University. Prior to law school, he completed his Bachelor of Management and Organizational Studies at Western University. As a law student, Lavan worked as a research assistant in labour law and was the co-president of Western Law’s Labour and Employment Law Society, where he facilitated events to promote interest and spread knowledge about labour and employment law. Lavan competed in four internal moots and represented Western Law in an external moot.
Nicole Nowoselski received her Juris Doctor from the University of Toronto. Prior to law school, she received her Bachelor of Arts from Western University. Nicole was a caseworker at Downtown Legal Services, where she assisted low-income individuals with employment and family matters, and represented students at academic appeal hearings. She competed in the 2021 Honourable Frank W. Callaghan Memorial Moot and was a member of its organizing committee in 2022. Nicole was also an editor for the Journal of Law & Equality from 2019–2022.
Emily Sheppard is a graduate of the Juris Doctor and Master of Social Work Program at the University of Toronto. Prior to law school, she graduated summa cum laude from McMaster University. Emily was a case worker at Advocates for Injured Workers, a division leader and student executive in the Employment Law and Academic Appeals Division at Downtown Legal Services, a co-president of the Health Law Club and an editor on the Indigenous Law Journal.
Samantha Sutherland received her Juris Doctor from Western University. Prior to law school, she received her Bachelor of Arts from Toronto Metropolitan University. Samantha worked as a research assistant, a student mediator with the Dispute Resolution Centre, and a project lead for Pro Bono Students Canada. She placed third in the Walsh Family Provincial Negotiation Competition. She received the Morris Kroll Memorial Award, the Western Labour Law Award, and the Law Society of Ontario Prize, awarded to the top 15 graduating students.
We wish all of the articling students a warm welcome to the team!