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: Rohan Mathai (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Vice President: Noelia Cornejo (email@example.com)
Treasurer: Barbara Giorgio (firstname.lastname@example.org)
SJD Faculty Council Rep: Daniela Chimisso dos Santos (email@example.com)
LLM Faculty Council Rep: Basil Alexander (firstname.lastname@example.org)
GSU Rep: Ksenia Polonskaya (email@example.com)
Members at Large: Dustin Gumpinger (firstname.lastname@example.org), Aine O’Connor (email@example.com), Patrick Simon (firstname.lastname@example.org), Erin Morgan (email@example.com)
You can look at the GLSA Constitution (PDF file)
Biographies of the Executive Committee
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 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 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 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 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 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.
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 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 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.