“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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Terra Rebick, J.D. 2000

Terra Rebick, J.D. 2000

Terra is currently 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 October 11, 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, 2917, 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, 2917, 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

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