Sara returns to Goldblatt Partners as an articling student in the Toronto office after summering with the firm in 2019. Before law school, Sara worked as a fundraiser for Amnesty International, one of the world’s largest human rights organizations. She also volunteered with the organization’s Iran Action Circle, where she helped advocate for and free wrongfully detained prisoners like Toronto resident Hamid Ghassemi-Shall. These experiences helped Sara realize her commitment to social justice; she pursued legal education to expand her skills for social change.
At the University of Ottawa, Sara volunteered for uOttawa’s Human Rights Research and Education Centre, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, LEAF Ottawa, and worked for the Community Legal Clinic. In her last year of law school, she spent a semester abroad at the National University of Ireland, Galway, learning about the country’s legal system, the Irish War of Independence, and the country’s marginalization of Traveller communities.
Erica Cartwright graduated from the University of Victoria Faculty of Law in 2020, where she focused her studies on labour and employment law through supervised research and writing courses on transnational labour law, organizing in the gig economy, and Canada’s temporary migrant worker programs. Erica was also an active member of the law school community, serving as a founding executive member of the UVic Labour Law Club, writing for the school’s newsletter, and acting as a legal observer at protests and direct actions.
Prior to articling at the firm’s Toronto office, Erica gained experience in labour law and litigation as a student in the British Columbia Government and Service Employees’ Union’s Advocacy Department, and B.C.’s Ministry of the Attorney General.
Karen is an articling student in the Toronto office. After working as an award-winning journalist for the Houston Chronicle, where she reported on human trafficking and workplace safety, she returned to Canada to work for the CBC. At the public broadcaster, she helped launch the national radio show “Out in the Open” and produced for the daily news show “As it Happens.” Moved by the stories and people she reported on, Karen decided to attend law school at the University of Toronto, where she has recently graduated.
Karen learned the difference a union can make through her experience reporting on domestic workers in South Africa. At law school, she advocated for refugee rights as an Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights working group leader and as a caseworker at the Downtown Legal Clinic, where she supported the work of lawyers challenging the Safe Third Country Agreement. She has also organized protests against family separation in the U.S. She is proud to have been part of the winning Wilson Constitutional Law Moot team in 2020, and to have organized conferences on access to justice and the rule of law at Massey College.
When not at her desk, Karen enjoys walking while listening to podcasts, yoga, and cooking allergy-friendly meals.
Emily Denomme is a graduate of Western University, where she also completed her undergraduate degree in English Literature. Her interest in labour law began after she spent two summers working at a car manufacturing plant and saw first-hand the significance of working in a unionized environment – both in day-to-day operations and when drastic changes are made to the workplace. During law school, Emily volunteered with Unifor, helping local reps with upcoming arbitrations, as well as attending mediations and collective bargaining. She also participated in the National Labour Arbitration Competition, both as a mooter and as a coach.
In her free time, Emily enjoys reading non-legal books, and in particular has begun to explore the fantasy genre. She has just finished Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series, and is currently getting into works by Ursula K Le Guin and Marlon James. She welcomes any and all recommendations.
Danielle Sandhu recently graduated with a JD from Osgoode Hall Law School. She holds a master’s degree in Sociology and Equity Studies in Education, and a bachelor’s degree in Science, from the University of Toronto. Prior to law school, Danielle served as the Executive Director of a not-for-profit students’ union. As a student activist, Danielle advocated on issues of access to education on the institutional, provincial, and national level.
Danielle believes that to achieve justice, we must work alongside communities, and fight for justice both in the courtroom and on the streets. Before joining the firm, Danielle worked as a Caseworker in the Workers’ Rights division at Parkdale Community Legal Services. There, she had the privilege of organizing alongside workers through the Fight for $15 and Fairness Campaign, and representing them in matters at the Ontario Labour Relations Board, Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, and Small Claims Court.
In her spare time, Danielle likes to stay fit so she can be ready to chase down bad bosses!
Simone Truemner-Caron is articling in our Ottawa office. She studied civil law at UQAM and common law at the Université de Sherbrooke (UdeS). While at UQAM, she volunteered at Project Genesis providing legal information predominantly on housing law, completed an internship with CUPE in its human rights department, and participated in the Laskin Moot in constitutional and administrative law (achieving third best tandem). During her LL.M. at UdeS, her research focused on how Canadian mining multinational corporations might be held accountable for violations of human rights abroad.
Prior to her studies in law, Simone worked as a high school teacher with at-risk youth, studied Canadian Indigenous poetry, and sailed across the Pacific. She loves the outdoors and can often be found in a canoe.
Reakash Walters is an articling student in the Toronto office. She grew up on the prairies and completed her undergraduate studies at MacEwan University. Reakash attended the University of Ottawa for her law degree and graduated cum laude.
Before attending law school, Reakash was deeply involved in electoral politics and union organizing. She was part of Alberta’s historic 2015 electoral campaign and helped lead the team that elected Edmonton’s first MLA of African descent. Reakash worked as an organizer with Alberta’s largest public sector union and supported working people on the picket line through rain, sleet, snow and ice.
During law school, Reakash co-founded the Labour Law and Human Rights Association, a student group dedicated to supporting working people and connecting law students with labor and employment lawyers fighting for social justice. During the summer of her first year in law school, Reakash worked for the Canadian Union of Public Employees and developed its first guide for union leaders supporting transgender workers. Reakash also co-founded an award-winning podcast with Senator Kim Pate called Appointed: A Canadian Senator Bringing Margins to Centre, where Reakash and Senator Pate focused on issues facing the most marginalized, criminalized and victimized in Canadian Society.
Reakash is committed to anti-racist work and was recently featured in Chatelaine’s “10 Black Canadians raising the volume on conversations about systemic racism.” She works with activists and organizers across Canada to resist racism, advocate for vulnerable community members and facilitate public conversations about an equitable path forward. Reakash enjoys research and writing and her recent piece, “Against Amnesia: African Nova Scotia Women’s Generational Leadership in Civil Rights Organizing (1950-1979)” will be published in the upcoming issue of the Canadian Journal of Women and the Law.
When her nose isn’t in a book, Reakash enjoys rock climbing, snowboarding, hiking and cooking all her mother’s recipes.