Enriching the Student Experience, Expanding our Alumni Network

Cornell Wright (JD/MBA 2000)Volunteer Cornell Wright (JD/MBA 2000)

Creating an engaged, supportive alumni network is crucial to the success of our students, our programs and the Faculty as a whole. For our students, the opportunity to meet with and ask some of our most influential alumni thought-provoking questions, helps shape their U of T Law experience. In the classroom, alumni provide tangible, practical examples to bring lessons to life, and in our programs, the support of our alumni and firm partners enrich the experience for all involved.

Talented and engaged alumni have a wealth of experience and skills to share with our current students.

Mentoring

Mentoring

Mentorship is a rewarding experience for both our students and our alumni. The Alumni-Student Mentorship Program matches 1L JD students one-on-one with an alumnus/a. The goal of this program is for mentors to share their experiences and insight into the legal profession to help enrich educational experience and contribute to growth and development of our students. Mentors should have at least four (4) years of professional experience.

The Faculty has recently launched a new mentorship program, the Black Future Lawyers Mentorship Program. Learn more about this and other initiatives to engage black identified students and to volunteer as a mentor.

Matching Process

Interested law students complete a registration form in September and are matched with mentors based on their indicated preferences. While every effort will be made to match according to a student's first preference, this may not always be possible.

The mentorship program is individually tailored to student interests. Mentors from both traditional and non-traditional law careers are available, including aboriginal law, international law, human rights, corporate counsel, public interest, labour relations, mediation and many other areas. Students also have the option of being matched based on personal characteristics such as ethnic, religious or cultural background, sexual orientation and gender.

Mentors will be contacted to advise that they have been matched with a student and details will be provided at that time.

Program and Event Volunteers & Guest Speakers

Becoming involved in our program and events is a rewarding experience for both alumni and students.

Event Speaker and Moot Judges

The JD Admissions and Career Development offices seek alumni to speak for their various lecture series and student recruitment events. Also, alumni can volunteer as judges and advisors for the law school’s extensive mooting program.

Clinics and Programs

Our legal clinics and programs seek the expertise of our alumni. There are many opportunities to volunteer as an event speaker, lawyer or jon an advisory committee. Some clinics and programs include: Downtown Legal Services, International Human Rights Clinic, Law in Action within Schools and the Pro Bono Student Canada U of T Chapter.

Venue or Event Host

Provide a venue for an alumni event (e.g. law firm, restaurant, home etc.)

Volunteer or Support Student Clubs

Transform the student experience through support of Law’s student clubs, co-curricular activities, and experiential learning. 

Alumni Reunion

Reunion Committee Member

Attracting over 500 alumni year over year, the Faculty of Law Reunion is your opportunity to connect with friends, reminisce about your days at law school and connect with colleagues from across the profession and beyond. Committee members assist with planning their class event, encourage attendance and build enthusiasm for the Faculty of Law Reunion.

Post a job opportunity for a U of T Law student

Visit our Career Development Office for more information.  

Volunteer with the Law Alumni Association (LAA)

Law Alumni Association

The Law Alumni Association (LAA) was established to promote the interests of the more than 10,000 graduates of the Faculty of Law, and to encourage the support and engagement of alumni and friends across program and events hosted by the Faculty of Law.

Our graduates include a long list of highly accomplished and respected practitioners, judges, academics, politicians and business professionals in a variety of sectors, all of whom have gone on to find rich and intellectually stimulating careers. 

LAA promotes alumni participation in the law school through events, governance and membership on alumni volunteer boards at both the Faculty and university-wide level. Our alumni contribute a wealth of ideas, talent and energy to student initiatives and programs and maintain strong contacts with the Faculty of Law community.

Annual General Meeting (AGM)

At the end of each academic year, the Dean reports on the academic year and the LAA President reports alumni engagement metrics and LAA council members will vote on nominations recommended by the Nominating Committee.

LAA Council

The Council of the Association comprises 15 elected members and a maximum of four elected officers (President, Vice-President, Treasurer, and Secretary; see description of duties), as well as ex-officio members and honourary members, as provided for in the  LAA Constitution.

The Council supervises the conduct of all business of the Law Alumni Association and presents a report of its activities at the Annual General Meetings of the Association. In addition, it formulates and supervises implementation of the policies of the Association.

Find out how you can get more involved

For more information about how you can volunteer or get more engaged with your law school, please contact Wasila Baset, Associate Director, Annual Fund and Alumni Programs at wasila.baset@utoronto.ca or 416-946-8227.


Law Alumni Association (LAA)

LAA Council Members for 2020-2021

Executive Members of Council

Executive Members of Council

Member

Title

Andrea Burke (1994)

President 

Gordon Raman (1996)

Vice-President

Nicolas Daube (2006)

Secretary

Natalie Lum-Tai (2015)

Treasurer

Members of Council

Members of Council

Member

Title

Sarah Boulby (1991)

Council Member

Meghan Bridges (2014)

Council Member

Brian Carr (1973)

Council Member

Steven Elliott (1995)

Council Member

Ginger Ellison (2013)

Council Member

Andrew Foley (1991)

Council Member

Laura Fric (1993)

Council Member

Hessam Ghadaki (2007)

Council Member

Michael Hong (2004)

Council Member

Melissa Kennedy (1987)

Council Member

Albert Lin (2013)

Council Member

Brian Livingston (1980)

Council Member

Bilal Manji (2016)

Council Member

Richard B. Potter (1965)

Council Member

Mark Surchin (1981)

Council Member

Ex-Officio Members of Council

  • Jon Feldman (1999) (Immediate Past President)
  • Jutta Brunnée (Dean)
  • Jennifer Lancaster (Assistant Dean, Advancement)
  • Robert Nani (Students Law Society President)
  • Sana Halwani (2004) (UTAA  Representative)
  • Mark Surchin (1981) (Council of Electors Representative)

Honourary Members of Council

  • The Hon. Rosalie S. Abella (1970)
  • The Hon. Robert P. Armstrong (1965)
  • Kirby Chown (1979)
  • The Hon. Bonnie Croll (1977)
  • The Hon. Kathryn N. Feldman (1973)
  • The Hon. Stephen T. Goudge (1968) 
  • The Hon. Horace Krever (1954)
  • The Hon. Michael J. Moldaver (1971)
  • The Hon. John Morden (1959)
  • Lionel H. Schipper (1956)

LAA AGM

The 2021 Annual General Meeting will take place virtually on Wednesday, April 28th, 2021.

For more information on the nomination process, download nomination forms, and RSVP, please visit the Faculty of Law Events calendar

Questions? Please contact Wasila Baset, Associate Director, Annual Fund & Alumni Programs, at wasila.baset@utoronto.ca or at 416-946-8227.