"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 JD?

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

"Lawyers Doing Cool Things With Their Law Degrees" is a 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.

Fall 2020

Amir Torabi

Amir Torabi, JD 2016

Career profile: Amir is the Director, Legal & Government Affairs and Legal Counsel with the Toronto Blue Jays. his responsibilities include negotiating and drafting a variety of agreements for the Toronto Blue Jays and Rogers Centre in the area of ticketing, premium sales, special events, sponsorship, stadium services, marketing, and fan engagement.

Monday, September 28  |  12:40 - 1:50 p.m. 

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Solange Davis-Ramlochan

Solange Davis-Ramlochan, JD 2011

Career profile: Solange is a criminal lawyer who defends clients accused of criminal, driving, and regulatory offences throughout the Greater Toronto Area at both the Ontario Court of Justice and the Superior Court of Justice. She represents clients at the bail, preliminary inquiry, and trial level. Solange has her own firm called SDR Law.

Monday, October 5  |  12:40 - 1:50 p.m.

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Morgan Sim

Morgan Sim, JD 2011

Career profile:  Morgan’s practice includes civil litigation and administrative law, with an emphasis on matters that arise in the workplace. She has particularly broad experience providing advice and representation on matters involving employment contracts, severance packages, wrongful dismissals, professional licensing and discipline, disability benefits, human rights issues, and workplace sexual harassment and assault. 

Prior to founding Parker Sim LLP, Morgan worked at two of Toronto’s leading litigation boutique firms. Morgan has worked on cases before all levels of court in Ontario as well as numerous administrative tribunals and professional regulators. She has also had the privilege of assisting with landmark cases before the Supreme Court of Canada, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, and the High Court of Kenya.

Tuesday October 13  |  12:40 - 1:50 p.m.  

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Karim Amlani

Karim Amlani, JD 2011

Career profile: Karim is an in-house lawyer at Hootsuite, the world's largest social media management platform. As Senior Director, Legal, he gets to do lots of cool things, like negotiating agreements with social networks, thinking about how social network data and personal information flow through Hootsuite, buying other companies, global expansion and building cross-functional processes. He also gets to learn new things every day, and is always willing to roll his sleeves up to get stuff done. 

Monday October 19 | 12:40 - 1:50 p.m 

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Tamara Mawhinney

 

David Gaukrodger

Tamara Mawhinney, JD 1991 and David Gaukrodger, JD 1991

Career profile: Tamara is the Minister Counsellor, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations, Geneva.  She joined Global Affairs Canada in 1993 and began her career as a Cabinet Liaison Officer and then as a Lawyer within the International Trade Law Division. Assignments overseas included Canada's Mission to the UN (1995-1998), Canada's Embassy to France, Paris (2001-2006 and 2013-2014), and Canada's Mission to the European Union where she served as Political section head from 2007-2012. After serving for two years as Advisor to Mme Michaëlle Jean, Secretary-General of la Francophonie, she returned to Ottawa in 2016 to lead the UN Security Council campaign team. Tamara joined Canada`s Mission to the UN in Geneva in the summer of 2018 as Deputy Permanent Representative.

Career profile:  David is Senior Legal Adviser at the OECD Investment Division. He leads OECD analysis on investment treaties and supports an investment Roundtable that regularly gathers OECD, G20 and other governments. Earlier David led expert teams evaluating compliance with the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention. He also helped design the G20-mandated peer review system that, as part of the fight against tax fraud, evaluates the compliance of 120+ jurisdictions with international standards for the exchange of tax-related information. David was previously a Special Counsel with Sullivan & Cromwell LLP. He graduated from Sciences Po Paris with a “mention lauréat” and obtained law degrees with distinction from the University of Toronto and the Université de Paris I. He was a law clerk for Justice Gerard La Forest at the Supreme Court of Canada.

Monday, October 26  |  12:40 - 1:50 p.m. 

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 Aimee Letto

Aimee Letto, JD 2012

Career profile: Aimee is health policy analyst and legal counsel at the Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association (NLMA), the voice of organized medicine in NL and a division of the Canadian Medical Association. She handles in-house legal work and supports negotiation of agreements on behalf of the NLMA. She also regularly provides health policy research on a wide variety of medical and health policy issues.

Monday, November 9  |  12:40 - 1:50 p.m. 

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Darlene Tonelli

Darlene Tonelli, JD 2001

Career profile:  Darlene Tonelli is an entertainment and intellectual property lawyer and the founder of Inter Alia Law, a virtual association of lawyers who support clients in technology, media, and entertainment. She is also the co-host of the Lawyer Life Podcast, and author of the award-winning Inter Alia blog.

Prior to Inter Alia, Darlene spent 8 years at Universal Music Canada, where she was Vice President, Business Development and Corporate Affairs. At Universal, Darlene was tasked with building new digital business models for a changing industry. In that role, she worked on several groundbreaking license deals to bring music to listeners in new ways. And prior to that, Darlene was a lawyer at Goodmans LLP.

Monday, November 16 | 12:40 - 1:50 p.m 

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