“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.

Omo Akintan, J.D. 2004

Omo Akintan, J.D. 2004

Career profile:  Omo is currently the Acting Director of the City of Toronto's Equity Diversity and Human Rights Division. Prior to commencing that role in June 2017 she was a labour and employment lawyer in the City of Toronto's Legal Services Division.

Monday September 18, 2017, 12:30 – 2:00

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Hugo Alves, J.D. 1999

Hugo Alves, J.D. 1999

Career profile: Hugo is a senior corporate and commercial Partner at Bennett Jones LLP where he founded and built the firm's Cannabis Group, the leading cannabis-focused legal advisory business in the country. Hugo is the incoming President of Cannabis Wheaton Income Corp., the world’s first cannabis streaming company.

Tuesday October 3, 2017. 12:30 – 2:00

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Josh Stark, J.D. 2013

Josh Stark, J.D. 2013

Career profile:  Josh is the Head of Operations and Law at Ledger Labs, a blockchain services firm. Prior to joining Ledger Labs, he worked as an enterprise blockchain consultant where he built his expertise in the technology and how to apply it to real-world use cases. He is currently researching & writing on blockchain topics in law, including smart contracts and securities regulation.

Tuesday October 17, 2017, 12:30 – 2:00

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Sandra Ka Hon Chu, J.D. 2002

Sandra Ka Hon Chu, J.D. 2002

Career profile: Sandra is the Director of Research and Advocacy at the HIV/AIDS Legal Network. She works on HIV-related human rights issues concerning prisons, harm reduction, sex work, women, and immigration.

Wednesday October 25, 2017, 12:30 – 2:00

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Ran Goel, J.D. 2007

Ran Goel, J.D. 2007

Career profile:  Ran is the CEO & Founder of Fresh City, Canada’s largest commercial urban farm. He believes that farming can change the world by re-introducing all of us to how real food is made. Before founding Fresh City, Ran practiced investment law at Sidney Austin LLP in New York City for several years. He is a graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science (2003).

Tuesday October 31, 2017, 12:30 – 2:00

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Gave Lindo, J.D. 2007

Gave Lindo, J.D. 2007

Career profile:  Gave is the Executive Director of Reelworld Film Festival where he leads Canada’s longest running festival that showcases socially engaged storytelling via film, virtual reality, and video gaming. He also created the Media for Impact Conference (MIC) which brings together leading practitioners in the social impact media sector from across the world.

Thursday November 16, 2017, 12:30 – 2:00

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Bindu Cudjoe, J.D. 1999

Bindu Cudjoe, J.D. 1999

Career profile:  Bindu Cudjoe is Vice President, Deputy General Counsel - T&O Legal and Chief Knowledge Officer of the legal, compliance and security groups at BMO Financial Group (BMO).

Monday January 8, 2018, 12:30 - 2:00

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Samreen Beg, J.D. 2010

Samreen Beg, J.D. 2010

Career profile:  Samreen Beg is Legal Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Foundation for the Advancement of Investor Rights (FAIR Canada). Samreen advises on the impact of policies, rules, legislation and regulations on Canadian investors. She regulatory drafts submissions to financial regulators and government, provides legal support on issues relating to securities law, and liaises with stakeholders and representatives from regulators and government.

Tuesday January 16, 2018, 12:30 - 2:00

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Insiya Essajee, J.D. 2011

Insiya Essajee, J.D. 2011

Career profile:  Insiya Essajee has been a lawyer with the Ontario Human Rights Commission since 2012. Her work focuses on addressing systemic discrimination issues through litigation, government consultation, and supporting policy development and outreach.

Wednesday January 24, 2018, 12:30 – 2:00

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Hugo Alves, J.D. 1999

Hugo Alves, J.D. 1999

Career profile: Hugo is the President and Director of Cannabis Wheaton. He is considered Canada’s leading advisor to the cannabis industry.

Thursday February 15, 2018, 12:30 – 2:00

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Cory Wanless, J.D. 2008

Cory Wanless, J.D. 2008

Career profile:  Cory Wanless is a lawyer at Klippensteins Barristers and Solicitors in Toronto. Cory represents clients nationally and internationally in the areas of corporate accountability, First Nations rights, environmental law, defamation and affordable housing.

Monday February 26, 2018, 12:30 - 2:00

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Terra Rebick, J.D. 2000

Terra Rebick, J.D. 2000

Career profile: Terra is Chief Counsel for Thomson Reuters’ Canadian business, in support of both Legal and Tax & Accounting. Terra is also a member of the senior leadership team for Thomson Reuters Canada. Prior to joining Thomson Reuters, Terra was Senior Vice-President and General Counsel at Hill +Knowlton Strategies, a strategic communications consultancy firm. 

Wednesday February 28th, 2018, 12:30 – 2:00

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Nicholas Daube, J.D. 2006

Nicholas Daube, J.D. 2006

Career profile: Nick Daube is Director of Intergovernmental Affairs in the Office of the Premier of Ontario, where he advises on US-Ontario relations. He previously served as Policy Director to Ontario’s Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, and as Senior Policy Advisor to Ontario’s Minister of Finance.

Wednesday March 14, 2018, 12:30 – 2:00

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Laura McGee, J.D. 2014

Laura McGee, J.D. 2014

Career profile: Laura McGee is a management consultant at McKinsey & Company. Her focus areas include diversity & inclusion, economic growth, and technology & innovation. Her clients include national governments, cross-border advisory groups and Fortune 500 companies. While not a practicing lawyer, she draws on her legal background when developing growth strategy and helping clients navigate political and regulatory change.

Monday March 19, 2018, 12:30 – 2:00

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