Our 2017-2018 articling students are an accomplished group of young professionals, some of whom worked for the firm as summer students last year.
One of last year’s summer students, Serwaah Frimpong is returning to article in our Toronto office. She recently graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School and holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from McGill University.
At Osgoode, Serwaah completed a three month internship at the Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust, where she researched various topics within international labour and migration law and developed a keen interest in the field. In her second year, she participated in the Feminist Advocacy Clinic at Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic, was an executive team member of the Black Law Students Association, and was a research assistant on human rights and corporate social responsibility issues. In her final year, Serwaah participated in Osgoode’s Immigration and Refugee Intensive program, and held leadership positions as the first student coordinator for Osgoode’s mental health and wellness office, and as a senior editor for the Journal of Law and Social Policy.
In her spare time, Serwaah enjoys yoga, beading, and travelling.
Mary Hurley is articling in our Toronto office. She received her law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School and holds a bachelor of arts (honours) from the University of Toronto.
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. During her first year of law school, Mary volunteered as a caseworker at Rexdale Community Legal Clinic through Pro Bono Students Canada, and later worked as a Research Assistant for Professor Eric Tucker. She is passionate about advocating for greater awareness, inclusion, and understanding of persons living with mental health disabilities, particularly in a workplace context.
Prior to law school, Mary worked as an Enforcement Officer at the Family Responsibility Office, as an Investigator and Senior Client Representative at the Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee, as a Review Officer at the Pay Equity Office, and more recently as a Classification Specialist at the Ministry of Government and Community Services. She has also been involved with a large, private-sector union for many years as both a union steward and organizer. Mary enjoys reading, exercising, walking, exploring castle ruins, and more recently, learning to ride motorcycles.
Brent Marks is articling in our Toronto office. Last year, he was a summer student with Advocates for Injured Workers; a student legal clinic in Toronto.
Brent graduated with an LLB from the University of Sussex and recently completed an LLM at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Animal Biology from the University of Guelph.
While in law school, Brent participated in a number of activities that reflect his interest in advocacy and social justice. At Sussex, he was the winner of the Junior Advocacy Competition and a member of the winning team at the MacKay Cup, a Canadian Law Moot held at the High Commission of Canada in London. While at the University of Toronto, Brent worked as a student case worker at Downtown Legal Services and the Artists’ Legal Advice Services legal clinics.
Prior to beginning his articles, Brent worked for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in South Africa representing the University of Toronto Faculty of Law International Human Rights Program as an Alumni Fellow.
Before attending law school Brent was a musician, touring nationally and internationally playing bass. In his spare time he enjoys running, travelling, and playing, collecting, and obsessing over music.
Willow Petersen is articling in our Toronto office and was a summer student in our Ottawa office last year. Willow recently received her law degree from the University of Toronto and holds a Bachelor of Public Affairs and Policy Management from Carleton University.
During law school, Willow was a caseworker at Advocates for Injured Workers, representing injured workers with claims at the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal. She also represented tenants on housing matters as a caseworker at Downtown Legal Services, co-coordinated Pro Bono Students Canada’s Union Side Labour Rotation, and assisted self-represented litigants with civil matters through Law Help Ontario. In her final year, she spent a semester abroad at the National University of Singapore.
Prior to law school, Willow worked at a research centre dedicated to innovation in community-based economic development and spent time in Peru working on an anti-discrimination project. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, travelling, cross-country skiing, and listening to podcasts.
Nicholas Woodward is articling in our Ottawa office. He recently obtained his law degree from the University of Ottawa, English Common Law program.
During law school, he was a Dean’s Legal Research and Writing Fellow, a Legal Writing Leader, and an intern at the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. He was an active member of OUTLaws, as well as the Refugee Sponsorship Support Program and the Refugee Hub.
Before law school, Nicholas studied history, spent time working in Banff National Park, and saw many shows in his position as an usher at the National Arts Centre. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, cooking, travelling, and playing the cello.