Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Atrisha Lewis, J.D. 2012 (centre) with her Arbor Award, flanked by U of T President Meric Gerler (left) and U of T Chancellor Rose Patten (right)
Atrisha Lewis, J.D. 2012 (centre) with her Arbor Award, flanked by U of T President Meric Gerler (left) and U of T Chancellor Rose Patten (right)

The Arbor Awards recognize U of T alumni who make outstanding volunteer contributions to the experience of U of T students, faculty, staff and alumni, and personify the very best attributes of the University’s motto, Velut Arbor Aevo – “May it grow as a tree through the ages.”

Congratulations to this year's Faculty of Law award winners!

Ari Blicker (LLB 1995) advises and supports U of T law students as they navigate recruitment in the legal profession. His annual cover letter presentation to first-year students is one of the most popular sessions offered by the Faculty of Law’s Career Development Office and has benefitted countless students with their job applications. Ari also participates in many other Career Development Office events in his capacity as Director, Student & Associate Programs for the law firm Aird & Berlis.

Angelo Gentile (JD 2006) has volunteered since 2011 for the Tax Advocacy Project, which provides legal representation to low-income clients in tax court. Piloted at U of T’s Faculty of Law, the Project now also operates in Ottawa and Edmonton. As the Project’s lead lawyer, Angelo provides core legal training to law-student volunteers, preparing them for upcoming hearings and providing ongoing mentorship and supervision.

Atrisha Lewis (JD 2012) is a dedicated volunteer in the Faculty of Law. She is an adjunct professor, coaching the Grand Moot and lecturing to students on motions and litigation strategy. Atrisha is also a prominent speaker on issues of diversity in the legal profession.

Laura Trachuk (LLB 1986) has coached many moot teams to victory in the Canadian Labour Arbitration Competition. The Faculty of Law is grateful for her extraordinary commitment to sharing her expertise in labour law with their students.

Maureen L. Whelton (LLB 1995) has coached U of T entries to the Jessup International Law Moot since 2011. Her commitment to students is remarkable. After her team advanced to the international rounds this year, she cancelled a family vacation to accompany the students to Washington.