"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.

The format is casual and intimate—each "Cool Things" alumni speaker will host up to 20 students in one of the law school’s spaces. Sandwiches and water will be provided at each event. Alumni speakers will be announced via Headnotes and registration is required. Space is allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. 

Corporate Law and emerging industries: Lawyer panel focusing on e-sports and gaming, blockchain, cryptocurrency and fintech

Co-hosted by Legal Hackers and Future of Law

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Wednesday March 24  | 12:30 – 2:00

  • Jeff Bookman, Associate, Wildeboer Dellelce LLP
  • Geoffrey Cher, Partner, Wildeboer Dellelce LLP
  • Rebecca Cochrane, Associate, Wildeboer Dellelce LLP
  • Amir Torabi, Director, Legal & Government Affairs and Legal Counsel with the Toronto Blue Jays

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Winter 2020

Kandia Aird

Kandia Aird, JD 2003

Career profile: Kandia Aird has worked at the Public Prosecution Service of Canada since 2008 where she has primarily been responsible for the prosecution of drug offences under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. She has been the lead counsel on matters litigated both before the Ontario and Superior Court of Justice and has successfully litigated multiple complex Charter applications involving highly sensitive issues.

Thursday, January 16  |  12:30 - 2:00 p.m. 

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Jordan Nahmias

Jordan Nahmias, JD 2008

Career profile: Jordan is a partner with the Goldenberg Nahmias LLP, whose practice focuses on entertainment and corporate matters, with an emphasis on film, television and digital media production in both live action and animation. Jordan advises both well-established and emerging clients on all aspects of production, including licensing and purchasing intellectual property, financing, distribution, and errors and omissions matters.

Tuesday, January 21  |  12:30 - 2:00 p.m.

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Mat Goldstein

Mat Goldstein, JD 2008

Career profile:  Mat is the Chief Revenue Officer and Co-Founder of DealMaker.tech – software designed to increase collaboration and transparency in legal and financial transactions. Mat left a partner position at Dentons to pursue DealMaker full-time.

Monday, January 27  |  12:30 - 2:00 p.m.  

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Bri Bovell

Bri Bovell, JD 2012

Career profile: Briann e is a criminal prosecutor with the Ministry of the Attorney General, in Toronto. She prosecutes a wide range of cases including child sexual abuse, firearms, and intimate partner violence. She has worked at both the appeal and the trial level, however, for the last three years, she has worked exclusively at the North York Crown Attorney’s office.  

Monday, February 3 | 12:30 - 2:00 p.m 

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Erin Simpson

Erin Simpson, JD 2012

Career profile: Erin practices primarily in the area of refugee law, acting for clients in refugee protection hearings, judicial reviews, detention reviews, and other immigration proceedings. Erin currently acts as counsel to Amnesty International, the Canadian Council for Refugees and the Canadian Council of Churches in a legal challenge to the Safe Third Country Agreement (STCA). In addition to her focus on refugee law, Erin also represents and advises NGOs working for legislative reform in the area of corporate accountability for international human rights violations

Monday, February 10  |  12:30 – 2:00 p.m. 

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Yousuf Aftab

Yousuf Aftab, JD 2006

Career profile: Yousuf is an industry-leading sustainability lawyer and strategist. He is the principal of Enodo Rights and the director of Atelier Aftab, a boutique sustainability law firm. He has advised an array of Fortune 100 companies on all dimensions of human rights strategy, from governance design and due diligence to crisis management and disputes. Yousuf has also advised governments, international organizations, and prominent civil society groups on implementing the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

Monday, March 2  |  12:30 – 2:00 p.m. 

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 Josh Stark

 Josh Stark, JD 2013

Career profile: Josh is a co-founder of ETHGlobal and L4, two companies that he continues to operate which provide services to the Ethereum cryptocurrency industry. He also works for the Ethereum Foundation, where he manages several special projects ranging from operations, growth, investor relations, and communications. Prior to his work in the Ethereum ecosystem, Josh articled at a Toronto corporate firm, and graduated from the Faculty in 2013.

Monday, March 23 | 12:30 - 2:00 p.m 

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