The Graduate Law Students Association (GLSA) represents all students enrolled in the Graduate Programme at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. The object of the GLSA is to assist graduate students in their dealings with the Faculty and to obtain representation for students on various committees and organizations that pertain to the graduate law programme. The GLSA strives to encourage and facilitate co-operation and understanding among students and faculty in order to improve the research activities and educational experiences of all graduate law students at the University of Toronto.
President: Liran Kandinov (email@example.com)
Vice President: Pamela Tuchlin (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Treasurer: Gemma Jarrett (email@example.com)
SJD Faculty Council Rep: Andrew Martin (firstname.lastname@example.org)
LLM Faculty Council Rep: Jason Pinkerton (email@example.com)
GSU Rep: Johanna Skippari (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Members at Large: Dustin Gumpinger (email@example.com), Francesco Ducci (firstname.lastname@example.org),Bonnie Law (email@example.com), Inge Van de Plas (firstname.lastname@example.org)
You can look at the GLSA Constitution (PDF file)
You can look at Past GLSA Newsletters (PDF file)
Biographies of the Executive Committee
Liran Kandinov - President
Liran is enrolled in the LLM (Short Thesis) program with a concentration in business law. He is a recipient of the 2014/2015 International Law Research Program Scholarship at the Centre for International Governance Innovation in Waterloo, Ontario. He will spend a summer in residency working on research in Intellectual Property and International Trade. Before qualifying as a Barrister & Solicitor in Ontario, Liran worked as a corporate lawyer in New York. He was also a research assistant on issues of intellectual property and international trade for Professor Ari Afilalo of Rutgers University in New Jersey. One of Liran’s passions is street photography. He recently spent three months scouring the streets of Paris in search of the ‘decisive moment’. He frequently travels with musicians and photographs their performances. Most recently, he photographed a concert commissioned for UNESCO in Peronne, France during the inauguration of the “6th continent”.
Pamela Tuchlin - Vice-President
Pamela Tuchlin is the Vice President of the GLSA and is currently pursuing her LLM in addition to volunteering with Downtown Legal Services in the Criminal Division. She received her LLB from the University of Exeter where she participated in two pro bono projects, acting as a student caseworker at the Community Legal Helpdesk and at Slee Blackwell Solicitors. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto and subsequently worked as a law clerk at Smart and Biggar-Fetherstonhaugh in Toronto for three years.
Gemma Jarrett - Treasurer
Gemma Jarrett is the Treasurer of the GLSA. She is currently enrolled in the LLM Program and the University of Toronto. After completing her LLB at the University of Sussex, she then went to The Netherlands to extend her degree, specialising in European and International Law at Maastricht University. Gemma then worked as a financial analyst in the City of London before joining corporate immigration law firm Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy LLP. Gemma has also worked pro bono as an immigration caseworker at Lambeth Law Center, a social welfare legal practice and Citizens Advice Bureau.
Andrew Martin - SJD Representative
Andrew is an SJD candidate and the SJD representative on Faculty Council. He is also the graduate student representative on the Library and Technology Committee.
Andrew graduated from Queen’s University in 2005 with a B.Sc. (Hons.) and the Life Sciences medal. He received a J.D. and the bronze medal from the University of Toronto in 2009. He articled at the Justice Policy Development Branch of the Ministry of the Attorney General (Ontario) and was called to the Ontario Bar in 2010, and then clerked at the Court of Appeal for Ontario. In 2012 he received an LL.M. from Georgetown University. For part of 2013, Andrew returned to the Court of Appeal as a staff lawyer.
Jason Pinkerton - LLM Representative
Jason is pursuing a LLM with a concentration in Intellectual Property. He is an alumnus of Queen’s University and the University of Sussex where he graduated with distinction. Upon completion of the LLM Jason looks to qualify in Ontario where he hopes to practice. Professionally, Jason has interned in private practice as well as in-house counsel in London, England and hopes to use his multi-jurisdictional understanding as an asset here in Canada. Jason, as the LLM Faculty Representative is looking forward to representing important views to the faculty on behalf of the student body. He encourages students to contact him with any concerns and will be reporting back to the graduate law students on all issues which arise at faculty meetings.
Johanna Skippari - GSU Representative
Johanna's tasks include attending GSU council meetings and overseeing GLSA’s interests within the union. Johanna is currently pursuing a LLM (Coursework-only) with concentration in Business Law. She is originally from Finland and obtained her Master of Laws degree from the University of Helsinki in 2010. During her studies in Finland she was actively involved in the European Law Students’ Association. Johanna has practiced law for 4 years working as an associate lawyer in Helsinki-based business law firms with primary focus on energy law and infrastructure projects.
Dustin Gumpinger - GLSA Director of Communications
Dustin has a BA (Honors) (Alberta), a JD (Osgoode Hall) and an LLM (Toronto). He has been called to the bar in Ontario and British Columbia. Dustin has worked as a policy analyst with the Alberta Superintendent of Insurance and as a civil litigator, focusing on the area of insurance defence.
In addition to his academic and professional experience, Dustin has relevant volunteer experience. He has contributed to the legal profession through, for instance, his involvement with the Canadian Bar Association, serving as an executive for the Okanagan region’s Civil Litigation and Young Lawyers subgroups. His contributions to academic life include serving as the student member of the Arts (Honors) Committee at the University of Alberta and as an executive member of the Graduate Law Student Association and a member of the Faculty of Law’s Graduate Education Committee at the University of Toronto. He has also engaged with the broader community by, for example, working as a volunteer lawyer at the Salvation Army Pro Bono Clinic in Kelowna, British Columbia.
Francesco Ducci - Member at Large
Francesco is an LLM student (short-thesis), focusing on competition policy and intellectual property law. Before coming to Toronto, he studied law in Italy (University of Bologna) and United Kingdom (King’s College London) and worked as a trainee lawyer at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP.
Bonnie Law - GLSA Director of Events
Bonnie is currently pursuing a Master of Laws at the University of Toronto specializing in Business Law and Health Law. Bonnie has lived and worked in North America, Asia, and Europe. She has legal work experience at international law firms, luxury fashion brands, and boutique law firms. Her areas of interest are in corporate transactions, commercial advisory, compliance and regulations, as well as intellectual property matters.
Inge Van de Plas - Member at Large
Inge is a member at large of the GLSA. She completed her both her BA and Master in Law (Honours) at the University of Antwerp. During this time she took part in the Erasmus Program and studied for one semester at the Eberhardt Karls Universitaet in Tuebingen, Germany. In 2013-2014 she worked for one year at the Brussels Bar at the international lawfirm NauthaDutilh in the litigation department, specializing in Insolvency and Restructuring. Now she is in the short thesis LL.M Program at the University of Toronto during which time she will write a thesis on secured transactions.