Lorraine just completed her second year of studies at Osgoode Hall Law School. She has a Master’s degree in Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour from McMaster University and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from McGill University. Lorraine recently spent eight months as a case worker in the Workers’ Rights Division at Parkdale Community Legal Services, where she represented non-unionized workers and supported organizing campaigns at the Workers’ Action Centre. Prior to law school, Lorraine worked for several years at non-profits working on issues related to open access to information, digital literacy, data policy, and tech and data ethics.
Outside of work and school, Lorraine has been brushing up on her Cantonese skills while organizing with groups like Friends of Chinatown Toronto. Lorraine is also a zine maker and writer, with pieces published in GUTS Feminist Magazine, Hyphen Magazine, and Ricepaper Magazine. Recently, she has been crafting a DIY muppet named Ling, and hopes to one day create her own children’s TV web series.
Anna is going into her last year of the JD program at the University of Toronto. In 2018 she obtained a Bachelor of Arts from Concordia University with great distinction.
At law school, Anna has been a caseworker in the employment law and academic appeals division of Downtown Legal Services, as well as a volunteer for Artists Legal Advice Services. During the summer of 2019 she was a Donner Fellow at the Center for Equality Rights in Accommodation (CERA), where she worked on test case litigation and policy advocacy related to housing and human rights. Following that experience, she led a working group at the Asper Center for Constitutional Rights that provided research support to CERA. She has a strong interest in litigation and has been a summer student at the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.
During her undergraduate degree Anna was active in student politics and served as her department’s representative on Concordia’s Arts and Science Federation Council. She was as the editor in chief of the undergraduate journal Historiae. She had a particular interest in museum studies and oral history, and wrote an honours thesis on the Canadian Museum of Human Rights.
In her spare time, Anna enjoys knitting and baking.
Emily has just completed their second year as a law student at Osgoode Hall Law School. Prior to law school, they graduated from the University of Toronto with high distinction in Criminology and Ethics Society & Law. They were recognized upon graduation for their significant community involvement both on- and off-campus during the course of their undergraduate degree.
During law school, Emily was a caseworker in the Immigration Division at Parkdale Community Legal Services. Here, they developed a first-hand appreciation of how community organizing and legal practice can work hand-in-hand toward social change. At Parkdale, Emily served as a representative on the Employer and Employee Relations Committee over the summer, and as the student representative on the Board of Directors during their semester placement. In these roles, Emily ensured that their fellow workers’ voices were heard loud and clear. They have also worked with the John Howard Society and Migrant Workers Alliance for Change to develop public legal education resources for incarcerated persons and seasonal farmworkers, respectively.
Outside of work, Emily enjoys doting on their rescue cat and exploring neighbouring trails. This does not happen simultaneously, but not for a lack of trying.
Sam recently completed her second year at Osgoode Hall Law School. Before law school, she studied design at OCADU and History and Peace Studies at McMaster University.
Sam is interested in unpacking the messy questions of belonging and struggle within communities and enjoys exploring the creative limits of bureaucratic institutions. Sam started her career as an arts-based participatory action researcher. Working with community groups, she developed program and policy recommendations for funding institutions and local governments. These collaborative efforts were largely focused in the areas of health equity, access to education, and arts funding. Since starting law school, Sam has worked as a caseworker in the Workers’ Rights Division at Parkdale Community Legal Services. In this capacity, she represented non-unionized workers and supported the organizing work of the Workers Action Centre. A strong believer in the clinic system, Sam has also volunteered at CLASP and the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic.
In her free time, Sam enjoys listening to podcasts, taking long walks through the city, and celebrating birthdays.
Sabrina is a student at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. She received her undergraduate degree in Political Science from Glendon College at York University and graduated with first class standing.
Sabrina believes in working alongside communities and supporting grassroots movements for justice. At law school, Sabrina was a caseworker in the employment law and academic appeals division at Downtown Legal Services, where she assisted both students and non-unionized workers. Sabrina was also a summer fellow at the South African Society for Labour Law Pro Bono Project, interning with the Legal Resources Centre. During her fellowship, she assisted an Indigenous community fighting for recognition of their rights to their ancestral lands. She also worked on policy initiatives around justice for labour tenants in South Africa. Outside of law school, Sabrina volunteers at a local rape crisis centre, where she learns from and supports survivors of gender-based violence in Toronto.
In her free time, Sabrina enjoys creative writing, listening to music, and staying healthy by going for walks to nearby bakeries.