“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.

Winter 2019

Matt Mundy, J.D. 2012

Matt Mundy, J.D. 2012

Career profile:  Matt joined Canopy Rivers in May 2018 as General Counsel. Prior to joining Canopy Rivers, Matt was an associate at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP (Blakes), where he was an active member of the Blakes Cannabis group and regularly wrote and spoke on the latest developments in the industry.

Monday January 14th, 12:30 – 2:00

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Peter Nguyen, J.D. 2000

Peter Nguyen, J.D. 2000

Career profile: Peter is the General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Privacy Officer at Resolver Inc., an integrated risk management software company. He is a member of the executive management team responsible for managing and providing legal advice on a global basis, including commercial, corporate, corporate finance, corporate governance, employment, litigation and M & A issues.

Thursday January 24th, 12:30 – 2:00

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Laura Zizzo, J.D. 2007

Laura Zizzo, J.D. 2007

Career profile: Laura is a lawyer and strategic advisor with over a decade of experience leading organizations towards a low-carbon and climate-adapted future through the application of law and policy. Laura started her legal career with a prominent Bay Street law firm before founding the first law firm in Canada focused on climate change in 2009.

Wednesday January 30th, 12:30 – 2:00

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Lieutenant-Colonel Maureen Pecknold, BCL/LLB (McGill) 1996, and Major Eric Weaver, J.D. (U.Vic) 2003

Lieutenant-Colonel Maureen Pecknold, BCL/LLB (McGill) 1996, and Major Eric Weaver, J.D. (U.Vic) 2003

Career profile:  Lieutenant-Colonel Maureen Pecknold is a Deputy Crown Attorney in the Scarborough Crown’s office and continues to has a busy trial practice. She has served with the reserves in the Judge Advocate General branch since 2006. Major Eric Weaver is a Deputy Judge Advocate in Toronto. He has served with the Office of the JAG since 2006

Monday February 4th, 12:30 – 2:00

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Tim Hughes, J.D. 2012

Tim Hughes, J.D. 2012

Career profile: Tim Hughes is Legal Counsel with Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE), providing legal support to professional sports teams including the Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors and Toronto FC, along with entertainment venues, concerts and events, restaurants and retail operations.

Monday February 11th, 12:30 – 2:00

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Margaretta Hanna, J.D. 2013

Margaretta Hanna, J.D. 2013

Career profile:  Margaretta is a family lawyer and aspiring family mediator in sole practice in the west end of Toronto. During law school at the University of Toronto, Margaretta focused on family law, accessing any opportunity to do practical work in this area of law. Margaretta was also fortunate to be able to train at one of Canada’s top family law firms where she was exposed to a wide variety of family law issues. Margaretta’s family law practice focuses on settling cases out of court through negotiation, collaboration and mediation.

Thursday February 28th, 12:30 – 2:00

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Julia Croome, J.D. 2008

Julia Croome, J.D. 2008

Career profile:  Julia is legal counsel with Ecojustice, Canada’s largest environmental law charity. The Blandings Turtle opened her eyes to the challenges modern society poses to nature in 2002, and she’s been working on environmental issues ever since.

Thursday March 7th, 12:30 – 2:00

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Emma White, J.D. 2012

Emma White, J.D. 2012

Career profile: Emma is a research lawyer at LAO LAW. Her areas of practice are family, child protection, and refugee law.  In 2016 and 2017, Emma worked for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Thailand, where her primary responsibility was refugee status determination. Emma contributed research and writing to Canadian Family and Immigration Law: Intersections, Developments and Conflicts (2015), and co-authored a chapter in Property Rights and Obligations Under Ontario Family Law (2012).

Monday March 11th, 12:30 – 2:00

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Jennifer Stone, J.D. 2004

Jennifer Stone, J.D. 2004

Career profile: Jennifer Stone is a Staff Lawyer at Neighbourhood Legal Services (NLS), a community legal aid clinic, and currently leads the Health Justice Program, which is a partnership of the St. Michael's Hospital Academic Family Health Team (FHT), NLS, Aboriginal Legal Services, ARCH Disability Law Centre, and the HIV and AIDS Legal Clinic of Ontario.

Thursday March 21st, 12:30 – 2:00

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Fall 2018

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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