Meet Our 2016 – 2017 Articling Students

Our 2016-2017 articling students are an accomplished group of young professionals, some of whom worked for the firm as summer students last year.

Justin Amaral

Justin Amaral is articling in our Toronto office. He obtained his law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School where he also worked as a research assistant exploring changes in legal aid and legal aid funding. During law school, Justin spent a year at Parkdale Community Legal Services as a case worker in the Housing Rights division. In his role, he fought for tenant rights and represented clients at the Ontario Landlord and Tenant Board.

Justin is strongly dedicated to improving access to justice through technology. He co-authored a research paper exploring online intake, which was featured in a video published on Canadian Lawyer and he co-organized Osgoode’s first annual Alternative Careers Week, which included a panel discussion on law and technology.

Prior to law school, Justin worked in communications and graphic design at companies such as BlackBerry. In his spare time, Justin enjoys digital media production, photography, and film.

Caitlin Meggs

Caitlin Meggs was a summer student in our Toronto office last year, and is excited to return for her articles.

Caitlin recently graduated from the University of Ottawa’s law program.  She was a Dean’s Legal Research and Writing Fellow, a teaching assistant for first year Charter law, and a volunteer with the Women’s Legal Mentorship program. Her most rewarding experience was spending two years helping low income clients facing criminal charges as a student case worker at the University of Ottawa’s Community Legal Aid Clinic.

Before entering law school, Caitlin served as a Constituency Assistant to the Critic for Labour and the Critic for Women’s issues in the B.C. Legislature. In her spare time she enjoys cross country skiing, camping, cooking and public radio.

Erin Moores

Erin Moores, who is articling at our Ottawa office, was also a summer student last year. She completed her Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Civil Law degrees at McGill University.

At McGill, Erin was very active in promoting women’s rights and participation. She co-founded the Feminist Collective of McGill Law and the annual faculty student magazine Contours: Voices of Women in Law. She also volunteered at the Legal Information Clinic at McGill, with Pro Bono Students Canada, and with a Montreal organization that provides legal representation and social services to employees who have suffered workplace harassment.

Erin is fluent in French and has also lived and/or worked in a number of francophone places including Quebec City, Gaspesie, Guadeloupe, Mali, Benin, and France. Before choosing a career in law, Erin supervised cross-cultural leadership programs for young adults in various parts of Canada and the world.

Alex Ognibene

Alex Ognibene is articling in our Toronto office, where he summered last year. He received his law degree and bachelor of arts degree from the University of Toronto.

Alex cultivated an interest in advocacy and access to justice initiatives during law school. As a student volunteer with Pro Bono Students Canada, Alex helped facilitate the 519 Community Centre’s legal clinic and argued a client’s case before the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board. Alex is former champion and coach of the National Labour Arbitration Competition, and a recipient of his law school’s prize for contract law. Last year, he completed a semester abroad at Georgetown’s Center for Transnational Legal Studies in London.

Prior to law school, Alex worked as a labour and employment law researcher at Lancaster House and as a research assistant at the Munk School of Global Affairs. In his spare time, Alex enjoys cooking, running, travelling, and discovering new music.

Mary Thibodeau

Mary Thibodeau is articling in our Toronto office, and was a summer student at a union side labour law firm in Vancouver last year. She received her law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School and holds a master’s degree in political science from York University.

Mary spent a semester in the Workers’ Rights division at Parkdale Community Legal Services where she assisted workers with wrongful dismissal, employment standards and human rights matters and appeared before Small Claims Court and the Social Security Tribunal.  Mary also volunteered as a caseworker at the Community and Legal Aid Services Programme and as a research assistant with Pro Bono Students Canada, where she completed a placement with the Canadian Civil Liberties Association.

Prior to law school, Mary worked in physiotherapy regulation and international credential assessment. She has also been a union steward and organizer. In her spare time, Mary enjoys reading, camping, cycling and travelling.