Meet Our Students!
Our Summer 2023 students have arrived!
Meet Nada, Areeg, Mikaela, Mohammed, Umaiyahl, Emma, Husna and Kathleen.
After finishing her second year of law school at Osgoode Hall Law School, Nada joined the Toronto office as a summer student.
Prior to law school, Nada earned a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Law and Society from York University. During her time at Osgoode, Nada served as a Senior Editor for the Journal of Law and Social Policy as well as a Steering Committee member at the Osgoode Hall Law Union. Nada also dedicated her time mentoring at the Journal of Law and Social Policy and the Osgoode Mentor program.
Nada spent 8 months in the Worker’s Rights Division of Parkdale Community Legal Services where she worked on various cases of wage theft, reprisal and sexual harassment in the workplace. At Parkdale, Nada also often volunteered with the Worker’s Action Center helping workers file claims of wage theft and misclassification.
Although Nada may have discovered her love for labour and employment law during her time at Parkdale, she owes her commitment to social-justice to her wonderfully politically-active parents. From a young age, her parents instilled in her the values of advocacy and justice, and she continues to carry their passion in her work every day.
Outside of work, you can find Nada playing video games with her brothers, listening to true-crime documentaries or binge-watching TV shows (at an alarming rate).
Areeg Bhalli recently completed her second year at Osgoode Hall Law School and is joining the firm as a summer law student in the Toronto office.
Areeg began her legal journey long before law school, inspired by the resilience and determination demonstrated by the Muslim immigrant communities who raised her in what is locally known as “Peace Village” in Vaughan. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Degree with Honours) in Political Science from York University.
Last summer, Areeg worked as a summer law student at the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic, focusing on the intersection of immigration and gender-based violence. Her interest in workers’ rights developed throughout her term working with the Parkdale Community Legal Services representing low-income workers in regard to basic rights in the workplace as well as tackling issues of overt and systemic discrimination. Within the Osgoode Community, Areeg works as an editor for the Journal of Law and Social Policy, a member of the Equity Round Table, and as an executive member of the Osgoode Feminist collective.
If you catch Areeg on the subway, she’ll tell you all about her latest “non-serious” injuries playing soft ball, riding her skateboard, or trying (and sadly failing) to get Taylor Swift tickets.
Mikaela is a summer student in the Toronto office and attends law school at Western University. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree at Laurentian University, specializing in Labour Studies with a minor in Law and Justice.
Having grown up in Northern Ontario surrounded by unionized mine workers and with her own father who was a Labour Relations Officer for a union, Mikaela quickly developed a passion for labour law and workers’ rights. Mikaela was involved with the Sudbury Workers Education and Advocacy Centre where she spent her time finding ways to teach workers about their rights at work and help non-unionized employees fight against injustices within their workplace.
Mikaela was also a summer fellow with the South African Society for Labour Law Pro Bono Project last summer where she was able to assist in representing non-unionized and low-income workers at the Labour Court alongside experienced counsel. This experience allowed her to compare Canadian and South African workers’ experiences and solidified her desire to pursue a career in labour law.
When she is not in the office, Mikaela can be found reading, playing games on her Nintendo Switch, or (in the winter) at the curling rink.
Mohammed is a summer student in the Toronto office.
He is currently a student at McGill University’s Faculty of Law, and previously received a Bachelor of Arts (Joint Honours) in Art History and Gender, Sexuality, Feminist and Social Justice Studies from the same institution.
During law school, Mohammed has served as an intake coordinator and, later, caseworker at the Legal Information Clinic at McGill (LICM). He also worked as a research assistant to Canada Research Chair in Transnational Labour Law, Professor Adelle Blackett, at the Labour Law Research and Development Laboratory. In this role he – amongst other (very interesting) things – conducted research investigating the impact of chattel slavery on the development of contemporary labour law.
When he’s not in the office, you can usually find Mohammed watching Korean dramas or listening to Beyoncé way too loud on the TTC.
Umaiyahl is a summer student in the Toronto Office and a 3L student at Osgoode Hall Law School. She proudly hails from Scarborough, which she credits as the source of her passion for social justice and commitment to the furtherance of workers’ rights. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia, where she majored in History and minored in Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice as a Sabourin Loran Scholar.
During law school, Umaiyahl spent 8 months in the Workers’ Rights Division at Parkdale Community Legal Services, where she supported and represented non-unionized workers in matters such as wrongful dismissals, wage theft, and workplace harassment and discrimination. While at Parkdale, Umaiyahl also volunteered with the Worker’s Action Center, where she helped workers file claims against their employers for violating the Employment Standards Act. Umaiyahl also served as a Junior and Senior Editor with the Journal of Law and Social Policy, a mentor with the South Asian Law Students’ Association, Communications Director with the Osgoode Womens’ Network, and as a Vocal Director and Performer with Mock Trial.
Outside of school and the office, you can catch Umaiyahl visiting museums, making music, or playing sports/video games with her friends!
Emma is a summer student in the Ottawa office and is currently studying at McGill University’s Faculty of Law.
She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Queen’s University in Global Development Studies, completing an honours thesis on sexual violence and gender policing. She is looking forward to spending her last semester of law school this fall on exchange in Paris!
During law school, Emma worked as a caseworker and then as a Director of the Legal Information Clinic at McGill, working to offer free, bilingual legal information to members of the Montreal community often facing barriers to access to justice. She developed an interest in workers’ rights while working as a union steward during law school and witnessing the challenges (and importance!) of union work.
Outside of work, Emma is a distance runner and loves baking different kinds of bread and reading books in the park!
Husna is a summer student in the Ottawa office and is currently completing her studies at the McGill Faculty of Law. She holds an Honours BSocSc in International Development and Globalization from the University of Ottawa.
Throughout law school, Husna worked as a research assistant for Professor Adelle Blackett, Canada Research Chair in Transnational Labour Law, studying critical race theory, legalized racial segregation in Canada, and international legal history and slavery and the law. She also clerked at the Tribunal Administratif du Québec and volunteered at PINAY, a migrant domestic worker’s organization in Montreal. Before law school, she worked extensively in community development across the public and non-profit sectors and particularly enjoyed her time increasing access to legal and social services at Refugee613 and the Community Legal Services of Ottawa.
Her interests lie in the intersections of administrative, constitutional, and labour law, and her commitment to advancing workers’ rights stems from an intimate understanding of how the quality of our work affects our personal and social well-being.
Outside of the office, you can find her experimenting with new recipes, scouting for discounted workout classes, and daydreaming about interior design.
Kathleen is a summer student in the Toronto Office and studies at Osgoode Hall Law School. She majored in Humanities at Carleton University for her undergrad and spent her third year studying philosophy at KU Leuven. She then completed a Master of Public Administration at Queen’s University and spent two years working on employment and skilled trades programs with the government of Ontario. She then spent four years doing frontline and administrative work with a grassroots community space for homeless and street-involved folks in downtown Toronto. She continues to owe a tremendous debt to that community, particularly to the many friends the community has lost to state and street violence, poverty, and the drug poisoning crisis.
Despite her eclectic background, labour law was a natural choice for Kathleen. Her experiences doing advocacy with the homeless and street-involved community are what inspired her to apply to law school and she continues to be passionate about helping ordinary folks stand up to powerful institutions. She also developed a strong interest in workers’ rights during her summer term representing low-income workers at Parkdale Community Legal Services. She is excited about what the labour movement can do for workers’ rights, human rights, and social justice more broadly.
When she isn’t working, she loves reading novels, thrifting, contemplating the nature of the universe, and watching Bob’s Burgers.