“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 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.

Andrew Stobo Sniderman

Andrew Stobo Sniderman, J.D. 2014

Career profile:  Andrew Stobo Sniderman was the human rights policy advisor to Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Stéphane Dion, and is writing a book about education and racism in a small town and a neighbouring reserve in Manitoba. He previously worked for Justice Edwin Cameron at South Africa’s Constitutional Court, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Zimbabwe, and Olthuis Kleer Townshend LLP, an Indigenous rights law firm in Toronto.

Tuesday September 25, 2018, 12:30 – 1:30

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Atrisha Lewis, J.D. 2012

Atrisha Lewis, J.D. 2012

Career profile: Atrisha is an associate in McCarthy Tétrault’s Litigation Group in Toronto. She maintains a litigation practice focused on commercial disputes (including breach of contract and oppression claims), professional liability litigation, intellectual property litigation and tax disputes. Atrisha is a career columnist at Precedent Magazine, a leading Canadian publication for lawyers. She also frequently speaks on topics related to diversity, a topic she is passionate about.

Thursday October 4, 2018, 12:30 – 1:30

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Paolo Tonelli

Paolo Tonelli, J.D./PhD Philosophy 2000

Career profile: Paolo Tonelli is the CEO of Codify Legal Publishing Inc., a legal tech start-up that creates automated tools to improve access to the law and practice of law. As CEO, Paolo oversees all day-to-day operations, including sales, legal and technology; and acts as lead product developer in charge of user experience, product roadmap and industry relations. He regularly liaises with investors and key customers.

Tuesday October 9, 2018, 12:30 – 1:30

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Zimra Yitnikoff, J.D. 2006

Zimra Yitnikoff, J.D. 2006

Career profile:  Zimra is Director of Investigations & Hearings at the College of Psychologists of Ontario, where she oversees complaint, discipline, remediation and fitness to practice matters regarding registered psychologists and psychological associates. Prior to becoming Director she was a Case Manager at the College, and was responsible for investigating allegations of professional misconduct.

Wednesday October 17, 2018, 12:30 – 1:30

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Duncan Melville, J.D. 2016 and Mark Greenberg, J.D./M.B.A. 2009

Duncan Melville, J.D. 2016 and Mark Greenberg, J.D./M.B.A. 2009

Career profile: Duncan is a management consultant at The Boston Consulting Group, based in their Calgary office. Mark is a founding member of BCG Digital Ventures in New York and co-leads BCGDV's Financial Services vertical in North America.

Monday October 22, 2018, 12:30 – 1:30

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Dan Holden, J.D. 2012

Dan Holden, J.D. 2012

Career profile:  Dan is Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary at Nestlé Canada Inc.  He is responsible for managing all aspects of the company’s legal affairs, serves as a member of the Business Executive Team and reports to the President & CEO.

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

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Marianne Salih, J.D. 2014

Marianne Salih, J.D. 2014

Career profile:  Marianne is a trial and appellate lawyer with Edward H. Royle & Partners LLP. She has successfully litigated cases at every level of court in Ontario, including the Ontario Court of Appeal. She is also the head of the appeals litigation department, a junior member of the litigation intervention committee with the Criminal Lawyer’s Association, and the author of an online criminal case law digest – a reliable and continuously expanding digest of new appellate jurisprudence.

Monday November 12, 2018, 12:30 – 1:30

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Sabrina Bandali, J.D. 2011

Sabrina Bandali, J.D. 2011

Career profile: 

Sabrina practices international trade, anti-corruption, and regulatory law with Bennett Jones LLP. She represents Canadian and international clients in matters relating to trade and investment treaties, customs law, foreign corrupt practices, export controls, economic sanctions, trade remedies, and international dispute settlement. She also provides strategic advice related to international business and regulatory compliance, and conducts internal investigations for trade and anti-corruption matters.

Monday November 19, 2018, 12:30 – 1:30

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