“A law degree opens so many doors.”  We hear this all the time, but what exactly does it mean? Where do those doors lead? What sorts of career opportunities become possible with a J.D. ?

Our alumni are the best evidence of this “promise".  Just look at how many of our graduates have used their J.D.s to do incredible things and forge amazingly diverse career paths.

“Lawyers Doing Cool Things With Their Law Degrees” is a new series of conversations with alumni about their cool jobs, the important issues they are tackling, and how their law degrees got them there. We are intentionally focusing on alumni who are earlier in their careers and moving the dial on important issues.

The format is casual and intimate—each “Cool Things” alumni speaker will host up to 20 students in one of the law school’s gorgeous new spaces. The law school will supply the refreshments. Alumni speakers will be announced via Headnotes and sign up is by registration on a first-come-first-served basis.

Winter 2017 Speakers

Jeremy Millard, J.D. 2000

Jeremy Millard, J.D. 2000

Career profile: After spending two years post-graduation working at a big firm in Boston, and then several years litigating at Dentons, Jeremy recently became the first in-house Legal Director at Uber Canada. 

Wednesday January 11, 2017, 12:30 – 1:30

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Khalid Janmohamed, J.D.  2008

Khalid Janmohamed, J.D. 2008

Career profile:  After spending five years in private practice, Khalid recently became the HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario (HALCO)’s litigation specialist.

Thursday January 19, 2017, 12:30 – 1:30

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Moira Gracey, J.D. 2000

Moira Gracey, J.D. 2000

Career profile:  Moira brings a unique client-focused approach and passion for human rights law to her personal injury practice at Carranza Law LLP.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017, 12:30 – 1:30

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Yousuf Aftab, J.D. 2006

Yousuf Aftab, J.D. 2006

Career profile: Yousuf is using his J.D. to advise leading multinationals about human rights issues. He is the founder and principal of Enodo Rights strategy firm in NYC.

Wednesday February 1, 12:30 – 1:30

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Bindu Cudjoe, J.D. 1999

Bindu Cudjoe, J.D. 1999

****CANCELLED: This "Cool Things" event has been cancelled due to a scheduling conflict.

Career profile:  Bindu is the Deputy General Counsel & Chief Administrative Officer for the Legal and Compliance Group of BMO Financial Group.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

 

Sana Halwani, J.D. 2004

Sana Halwani, J.D. 2004

Career profile:  Sana is a civil litigator at Gilbert’s LLP with a focus on intellectual property, food and drug regulations and trade-mark litigation. She has represented clients in industries such as software, energy, drug manufacturing, biotechnology and information technology.

Monday, February 27, 2017

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Camille Labchuk, J.D. 2014

Camille Labchuk, J.D. 2014

Career profile:  A recent graduate of the law school, Camille is an animal rights lawyer and executive director of Animal Justice—the only animal law advocacy organization in Canada.

Tuesday Feb. 28, 2017

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Alykhan Kurji, J.D. 2009

Alykhan Kurji, J.D. 2009

Career profile:  After spending four years in private practice, Alykhan moved to the Bay Area to go in-house at Google.

Wednesday March 1, 12:30 – 1:30

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Kate Hunt, J.D. 2011

Kate Hunt, J.D. 2011

Career profile:  Kate is legal counsel for the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) where she provides legal advice and support on a range of issues.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

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Katherine Hensell, J.D. 2002

Katherine Hensell, J.D. 2002

Career profile:  Katherine has built a litigation practice serving First Nations, their members and Indigenous organizations across Canada.

Monday, March 6, 2017

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Louis Century, J.D. 2014

Louis Century, J.D. 2014

Career profile:  Since graduating a short time ago in 2014, Louis has managed to work on some very interesting cases including one in which he attempted to prosecute the Prime Minister of India for his participation in torture. 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

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Fall 2016 Speakers

Renatta Austin

Renatta Austin, J.D. 2012

Career profile: A recent graduate, Renatta has structured her own law firm in creative ways so that she can devote 40% of her time to serving low-income and marginalized clients. 

Wednesday, November 2nd at 4:05 – 5:05

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Ruth Promislow

Ruth Promislow, J.D. 1998

Career profile: Ruth is a commercial litigator with a strong focus on commercial crime including cyber security, Ponzi schemes, investment fraud, employee fraud and anti-money laundering. In her spare time, Ruth started a successful menswear fashion label, Bustle clothing.

Wednesday, November 16th at 3:45 – 4:45

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Dan Debow

Dan Debow, J.D. 2000

Career profile: A graduate of the J.D./M.B.A. Program, Dan is a successful entrepreneur and investor who has built and sold tech companies (Workbrain, Rypple), co-founded tech start-up incubators (Rotman Creative Destruction Lab) and advises other major ventures (Thalmic Labs, Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation, ScaleUp Ventures).

Friday, November 18th at 12:30 – 1:30

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Samer Muscati

Samer Muscati, J.D. 2002

Career profile: Before joining the law school as the Director of the International Human Rights Program, Samer worked for Human Rights Watch monitoring and documenting human rights abuses. 

Wednesday, November 23rd at 3:45 - 4:45

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