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.

Executive Committee

President: Rohan Mathai (r.mathai@mail.utoronto.ca)

Vice President: Noelia Cornejo (noelia.cornejomalpartida@mail.utoronto.ca)

Treasurer: Barbara Giorgio (barbara.giorgio@mail.utoronto.ca)

SJD Faculty Council Rep: Daniela Chimisso dos Santos (daniela.chimissodossantos@mail.utoronto.ca)

LLM Faculty Council Rep: Basil Alexander (basil.alexander@mail.utoronto.ca)

GSU Rep: Ksenia Polonskaya (ksenia.polonskaya@mail.utoronto.ca)

Members at Large: Dustin Gumpinger (dustingumpinger@gmail.com), Aine O’Connor (aine.oconnor@mail.utoronto.ca), Patrick Simon (patrick.simon@utoronto.ca), Erin Morgan (e_morgan2@hotmail.com)

Faculty Committees

GLSA Constitution

You can look at the GLSA Constitution (PDF file)

GLSA Newsletters

You can look at Past GLSA Newsletters (PDF file)

 

Biographies of the Executive Committee 

Rohan MathaiRohan Mathai
Rohan is president of the University of Toronto Graduate Law Students’ Association (GLSA). He is also an alumnus of the University of Guelph, the University of Melbourne Law School, and the Centre for Transnational Legal Studies.
Rohan has a strong interest in student government. At the University of Melbourne, he was on the Student Loans & Bursaries Committee and the Student Union English Language Program Working Panel. At the University of Guelph, he sat on the Board of Governors, Senate, and the Central Student Association (CSA) Board of Directors (2 years). He was also an Indian Students Association executive and a CSA Chief Electoral Officer.
Rohan believes that student government should promote collectivity, foster friendship, and protect student interests. Hence, he will distribute regular newsletters and administer numerous social activities, including trivia nights, pub nights, study groups, and café writing sessions. He also welcomes students to contact him with any concerns so that he can better represent their interests to the administration and/or faculty council.
Rohan invites anyone with ideas for a GLSA event/program or who is interested in collaborating on an event to contact him.

 
Noelia Cornejo
Noelia Cornejo
Noelia is the Vice President of the GLSA. She is currently enrolled at the LLM Program (GPLLM) at the University of Toronto, and she is looking forward to qualify as a lawyer in Ontario.  She is an international trained lawyer from Peru, with a Master’s degree in International Business from the École de Management de Lyon and a Master’s degree on International Affairs from Columbia University in New York. She has worked in private law firms, multinational companies, the United Nations, as a government official and for international non-governmental organizations.
Noelia has lived and worked in many developing countries in Asia, Africa and South America, as well as in North America and Western Europe. She worked mainly in human rights, mine action and humanitarian emergencies, particularly in East Timor, Vietnam, the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Republic of Chad.
Noelia is currently working as a Project and Legal Advisor with SkyPower, a Solar Energy developer, based in Toronto, Canada, but with a portfolio of projects worldwide and a year turnover of approximately $2.5 billion.


Barbara GiorgioBarbara Giorgio
Barbara is a highly motivated and a diligent individual who is thrilled to be a graduate law student at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law. She blissfully looks forward to participating with the Graduate Law Student’s Association as an Officer,  collaborating  with  the  Faculty  to  discuss  student  affairs,  and  as  a  Treasurer,  ensuring  proper  safe-keeping, corporate governance, and risk management of the monetary affairs for the graduate student body of the Faculty of Law.   Barbara  is  currently  completing  her  Master  of  Laws  degree  at  the  University  of  Toronto,  Faculty  of  Law  where  she  is studying  Canadian  corporate  law  in  view  of  its  contemporary  global  economy.  As  a  result  its  centripetal  force, globalization  is  continuing  to  create  translucent  and  brisk  changes  for  the  Canadian  economy  and  its  respective  legal professional. As such, Barbara feels that as a future Canadian corporate lawyer, it is imminent and imperative that she is proficient in law and business in view of globalization, where she can effectively and efficiently advise her domestic and foreign  clients  confronted  with  global  economic,  commercial,  and  legal  influences.  Barbara  attains  with  distinction  her Juris  Doctor  from  the  University  of  Birmingham,  completed  her  legal  studies  at  the  University  of  Toronto,  Faculties  of Law,  and  is  a  Canadian  finalist  eligible  to  clerk  with  the  Tax  Court  of  Canada.  In  addition,  she  is  an  elected  Graduate Student Representative for the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law, Women and the Law Society, where her role is to ensure that the female graduate student’s requirements are represented within the school and legal community.   Barbara  also  attains  with  First  Class  Standing  her  Honors Bachelor  of  Commerce  from  Lakehead  University  where  she received an academic award and an essay-winning scholarship. While completing her undergraduate degree, Barbara was an elected Executive of the Lakehead University Accounting Committee, and a Research Assistant to Doctor David Smith in the fields of marketing and economics. Prior to attending law school, Barbara worked for two of Canada’s largest public companies  in  corporate  governance  and  risk  management  and  where  she  was  also  an  elected  team  leader  for  the harmonized  sales  tax  committee  and  a  representative  for  the  health  and  safety  committee.  In  addition,  Barbara  has worked  with  a  national  accounting  firm  and  has  volunteered  with  the  Institute  of  Chartered  Accountants  of  Ontario’s Income  Tax Clinics.  Barbara  looks  forward  to  an outstanding  year and  wishes  all  the  graduate  law  students  significant academic success and professional development. 


Daniela Chimisso dos SantosDaniela Chimisso dos Santos
Daniela Chimisso dos Santos is an S.J.D candidate and the SJD Faculty Council Representative. She is originally from Brazil. Her research interest lies with the intersection between international investment law, natural resource law and development.




Ksenia Polonskya
Ksenia Polonskaya
Ksenia Polonskaya is a LLM Representative. She is internationally qualified lawyer pursuing degree in University of Toronto in a short thesis stream. She is Assistant editor in the University of Toronto Law Review. Ksenia takes part in pleadings and organizing Moot Courts and Models of the United Nations.



  
Dustin GumpingerDustin Gumpinger
Dustin is currently pursuing a LLM (Long-Thesis) with a Concentration in Legal Theory. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts (Honors), with First Class Honors, in History from the University of Alberta and a Juris Doctor from Osgoode Hall Law School.
Professionally, he has worked as a Policy Analyst with the Alberta Superintendent of Insurance, which regulates the province’s insurance industry. He is also a licensed lawyer in the provinces of Ontario and British Columbia, having practiced exclusively in the area of civil litigation. Most recently, he was an associate at a leading Canadian insurance firm.


Aine O'ConnorÁine O'Connor 
Áine graduated from University College Dublin, Ireland in 2011 with a Bachelor of Business and Law. Áine speaks French and has a strong international background having spent her childhood in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. Since moving to Toronto in April 2012, Áine worked as a graduate student at Quorum Funding Corporation, working on general securities matters. She then spent 6 months working at McCotter Law, a newly launched IP firm. At University College Dublin she volunteered with Student Legal Services and was a member of the Business and Law Society.


Patrick SimonPatrick Simon
Patrick Simon is a member-at-large of the GLSA Executive.
Patrick is enrolled on the LLM programme and will be writing a thesis comparing the law on termination of employment in England and Canada.
Patrick is admitted as a Solicitor in England and Wales. He practised law for seven years post-qualification in London, focusing primarily on employment law. Patrick trained at Linklaters LLP, worked as an associate at Bryan Cave LLP and as an in-house legal officer for the British government. He also worked pro bono as a discrimination law advisor for the Terrence Higgins Trust, a sexual health charity, and for the Employment Law Telephone Advice Line.
Patrick will be qualifying as a Barrister and Solicitor in Ontario in January 2014.
Patrick holds a BA with high distinction in Political Science and French from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Philosophy in Politics from the University of Oxford. 

 
Erin MorganErin Morgan
Erin Morgan is a member at large of the GLSA. She completed her BA (Honours) in History at Queen's University in 2007 and her J.D at Bond University, Australia in 2010. She articled in Toronto and was called to the Bar of Ontario in June 2012. In addition to her position with the GLSA, Erin is volunteering with Downtown Legal Services in the Criminal Division and is the graduate student representative for the Standing Curriculum Committee.