The Graduate Law Students Association (GLSA) represents all students enrolled in the Graduate Program at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. The object of the GLSA is to assist graduate students in their dealings with the Faculty and to obtain representation for students on various committees and organizations that pertain to the graduate law program. The GLSA strives to encourage and facilitate co-operation and understanding among students and faculty in order to improve the research activities and educational experiences of all graduate law students at the University of Toronto.

See also the Graduate Law Students Association website.

Graduate Program Annual Fund

The Faculty of Law has set up a Graduate Program Annual Fund to support graduate student programs and initiatives.

GLSA Executive Committee

President
Sara Maadanisani
sara.maadanisani@mail.utoronto.ca

Vice-President
Shivani Salunke
shivani.salunke@mail.utoronto.ca

Director of Communications
Athena Kong
athena.kong@mail.utoronto.ca

Treasurer
Divyajyot Verma
divyajyot.verma@mail.utoronto.ca

Social Affairs Officer
Fayzan Khan
fayzan.khan@mail.utoronto.ca

GSU Representative
Vidit Deswal
vidit.deswal@mail.utoronto.ca

GPLLM Representative
Khayal Mammadov
khayal.mammadov@mail.utoronto.ca

LLM Student Representative
Ishaan Kamal Muthalakulangara
ishaankamal.muthalakulangara@mail.utoronto.ca

SJD Student Representative
Sarah Elizabeth Colgrove
sarah.colgrove@mail.utoronto.ca

Graduate Volunteers: Faculty Committees

Mental Health
Vidit Deswal (GPLLM)
vidit.deswal@mail.utoronto.ca

Graduate Appeals
John Enman-Beech (SJD)
jenmanbeech@gmail.com

Curriculum (Short Term & Standing) Committee
Bailey Fox
b.fox@mail.utoronto.ca

Equity, Diversity & Inclusivity Committee
Alexia Enriquez
alexia.enriquez@mail.utoronto.ca

Hassan Mahmud
hassaan.mahmud@mail.utoronto.ca

Graduate Education Committee
Doug Sarro
doug.sarro@alum.utoronto.ca

Library Committee
King Yu Suen
marco.suen@mail.utoronto.ca

Truth and Reconciliation Commission Committee
Ishaan Kamal Muthalakulangara (LLM)
ishaankamal.muthalakulangara@mail.utoronto.ca

GLSA Constitution

You can look at the GLSA Constitution (PDF file)

GLSA Guide

GLSA Guide for Incoming Graduate Students (PDF)

GLSA Executive Biographies

Sara Maadanisani

President
Sara Maadanisani
sara.maadanisani@mail.utoronto.ca

Sara is the President of the GLSA. She is a GPLLM student, specializing in Canadian Law at the University of Toronto. She has recently moved to Toronto after finishing law school in Iran. Sara intends to practice as a litigation lawyer. She worked as a legal assistant during the last year of her law school. She was also an English Teacher in middle school. Outside of her work and study, she has been playing the piano for more than 12 years. It’s both a hobby and a profession for her. She also enjoys singing and traveling. And she spent her free time working as a volunteer elementary teacher for one of the marginalized districts of her hometown.

Shivani Salunke

Vice-President
Shivani Salunke
shivani.salunke@mail.utoronto.ca

Shivani is an LLM candidate in the Business Law concentration at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law and in the process of becoming a licensed lawyer in Ontario. Prior to starting graduate school, she completed her BSc, LLB (Hons.) at Gujarat National Law University, India and worked as an Associate in the General Corporate and M&A team at Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co., a leading Indian law firm. She is interested in studying the intersection of science, technology and the law, and its implications on businesses and the economy. In her role as Vice-President of the GLSA, Shivani is responsible for liaison between the GLSA, the Students’ Law Society and the various student representatives. She hopes to maximize student welfare through greater coordination and understanding between these units, and strives for cooperation and transparency. During her tenure, she is working towards improving the university experience for graduate law students, and creating a sense of community and environment for free-flow and exchange of ideas, beliefs and experiences.

Athena Kong

Director of Communications
Athena Kong
athena.kong@mail.utoronto.ca

Athena is a GPLLM student, specialising in Canadian Law at the University of Toronto. She has extensive legal experience in corporate and commercial law, having been heavily involved in a number of initial public offering (IPO) and M&A projects in Hong Kong. Athena also worked as a research assistant for Professor Benoit Mayer at the Faculty of Law of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, where she conducted research on international environmental law. She completed an LLB degree with Honours from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong and exchanged at the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom and the Tsinghua University, China. She was actively involved in various pro-bono organisations including the Hong Kong Schools Mooting and Mock Trial Association and TargetLaw. In these organisations, she mentored and supervised high school students in mooting and mock trial competitions and organised legal workshops for them. Looking ahead, Athena seeks to practice as a corporate and commercial lawyer in Ontario. Outside of law, she loves fishing, cooking and ice skiing.

Divyajyot Verma

Treasurer
Divyajyot Verma
divyajyot.verma@mail.utoronto.ca

Divyajyot is the Treasurer of the GLSA and is currently enrolled as a GPLLM student, specializing in Canadian Common Law at the University of Toronto. He is an internationally trained lawyer from India, where he worked as a Senior Associate at one of India’s top-tier law firms for four years. At Trilegal, Divyajyot worked in the corporate practice group advising a China-based e-commerce fortune 500 company and the world’s largest venture capital fund to make their strategic private equity investment in India’s e-commerce and fintech sector. Before this, Divyajyot obtained a BA, LLB (Hons) degree from Jindal Global Law School in 2017. He was a teaching assistant to the Assistant Dean at law school, who taught corporate and securities law. He was also actively involved with the Centre for Health Law, Ethics and Technology, where he published a report on the health and recognition rights of the LGBTQ community across various countries. Looking ahead, Divyajyot intends to practice as a corporate lawyer in Canada by leveraging his experience in India. Outside of law, he is an avid fan of Lewis Hamilton in Formula 1 and wants to see Golden State Warriors or Milwaukee Bucks win another NBA title.

Fayzan Khan

Social Affairs Officer
Fayzan Khan
fayzan.khan@mail.utoronto.ca

Fayzan is the Social Affairs Officer of the GLSA. He is a GPLMM Candidate in the Canadian Law Concentration. Recently, Fayzan obtained his LLB from the University of Leeds with Honours. At the University of Leeds, he volunteered with the Streetlaw organization to provide legal services to underprivileged communities. This included giving multiple presentations to high school students on topics such as police powers in England. The following year, Fayzan assisted in training the Streetlaw volunteers. Before law school, Fayzan obtained his undergraduate degree from Wilfrid Laurier University in Communication Studies (Honours) and Community Engagement (Honours). Throughout the Community Engagement program, Fayzan volunteered for a non-profit organization and found a passion for helping underprivileged communities. He worked on various projects that advanced access to justice, employment prospects, and psychological support for vulnerable populations. In the past, Fayzan has worked as a Summer Legal Intern in the areas of Real Estate, Family, and Employment law. Currently, he is working as a Law Student for a sole practitioner in the areas of Civil Litigation, Real Estate Litigation, and Family Law, and has a separate position assisting a Criminal lawyer. Fayzan's professional goal is to become a barrister that seeks to promote justice for underprivileged communities. Fayzan's hobbies are cooking, playing basketball and spending time with his friends and colleagues.

Vidit Deswal

GSU Representative
Vidit Deswal
vidit.deswal@mail.utoronto.ca

Vidit is a GPLLM candidate in the Canadian Law in the Global Context concentration. He is a registered Advocate with the Bar Council of Delhi in India and had practiced law as an Associate at Supreme Court of India and High Court of Judicature at Delhi in the areas of Commercial Litigation, Real Estate Law, Banking law and Intellectual Property Law for almost two years. He has contributed to cases like the Resolution Process of IFLS Pvt. Ltd and recognition of the Union Rights of the tour guides in India. He holds a LLM in Corporate and Financial Laws from Jindal Global Law School, OP Jindal University, an LLB and B.Sc. in Physics (honors) from the University of Delhi. He has also attended the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Summer School in Geneva, Switzerland. He has several publications under his belt, ranging from pressing issues in Intellectual Property Law to legal ramifications of Artificial Intelligence.

GPLLM rep Khayal Mammadov

GPLLM Representative
Khayal Mammadov
khayal.mammadov@mail.utoronto.ca

Khayal is currently enrolled in GPLLM program (Canadian Law) at the University of Toronto, where he is also serving as GPLLM Representative. He holds Bachelor's and Master’s degrees from Baku State University (Azerbaijan) and another Master’s degree from Strasbourg University (France) with specialization in Public and Private International Law, Commercial Law and ADR. For the past 15 years, Khayal has worked in various positions at government and private entities in Azerbaijan and Turkey, with hands-on experience in the oil and gas industry. Khayal is also passionate about animal welfare-related issues. He has been involved in animal rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming initiatives that helped hundreds of street cats and dogs of Azerbaijan.

Ishaan Kamal Muthalakulangara

LLM Student Representative
Ishaan Kamal Muthalakulangara
ishaankamal.muthalakulangara@mail.utoronto.ca

Ishaan completed his BA and LLB (Hons.) from Jindal Global Law School, India and is now pursuing doing the coursework LLM with a concentration in business laws. Professionally, he is interested in litigation and dispute resolution. Personally, he enjoys playing sports, going on hikes and listening to music.

SJD Student Representative
Sarah Elizabeth Colgrove
sarah.colgrove@mail.utoronto.ca