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: Nicola Alexander (GPLLM) - nicola.alexander@mail.utoronto.ca

Vice President: Hyunju Park (Crystal) (GPLLM) - hyunju.park@mail.utoronto.ca

Treasurer: Wanessa Santana de Oliveira (GPLLM) - w.oliveira@mail.utoronto.ca

Director of Communications: Daniel Escudero (GPLLM) - daniel.escudero@mail.utoronto.ca

Social Affairs Officers: Muhammad Talal Khan (GPLLM) - mtfi.khan@mail.utoronto.ca, Ansshita Varshney (GPLLM) - anshita.varshney@mail.utoronto.ca

LLM Representative: Andrew Patel (LLM) - andrew.patel@mail.utoronto.ca

SJD Representative: Michaël Lessard (SJD) - michael.lessard@mail.utoronto.ca

GPLLM Representative: Ann Gardhouse (GPLLM) - ak.gardhouse@mail.utoronto.ca

GSU Rep: Carlos Vera de Freites (GPLLM) - carlos.vera@mail.utoronto.ca

Faculty Committees

GLSA Constitution

You can look at the GLSA Constitution (PDF file)

GLSA Guide

GLSA Guide for Incoming Graduate Students (PDF)

Executive Committee profiles

President – Nicola Alexander (GPLLM)

Nicola Alexander is enrolled in the Global Professional Law Master’s Program at the University of Toronto. A former Business Executive in Banking, Energy and Technology, she spent the last twelve years in various Senior Management positions. An exceptional leader and mentor, she works with emerging leaders on personal development training, public outreach, and fundraising initiatives. Among her peers and business partners she is respected for her uncanny ability to take her audience to a higher level of lateral thinking. Through-out her career, Nicola has demonstrated the qualities needed for success: A Passion for the job, a high level of effectiveness and resiliency- she is strategic, decisive and focused. It is this range of raw talent and nurtured abilities that Nicola wishes to bring to the position of President at the Graduate Law Students Association.

Vice President – Hyunju Park (Crystal) (GPLLM)

Hyunju Park (Crystal) is a Global Professional Master of Laws (GPLLM) candidate at the University of Toronto (’20). She holds an LL.M. in International Business Law (Thesis Track) from the University of Macau (UM) and an LL.B. from Yonsei University (Seoul, South Korea). At UM, she was the founding President of the International Law Society, which was established with the vision of becoming a legal sandbox and a platform for students to network, share ideas, and prepare for international moot court competitions. Crystal is a two-time participant of the International Rounds of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition (’16,’17) held in Washington D.C., USA.

Prior to Toronto, Crystal was a Category Manager for IT Procurement at the Galaxy Entertainment Group, the highest grossing casino in the world. She managed the strategic sourcing of IT equipment, infrastructure (e.g., Wi-Fi, surveillance cameras, servers, storage, network, cabling, etc.) and other systems required in the Hospitality/Gaming industry.

Crystal speaks four languages, and in her spare time, she likes to train for marathons and practice Ashtanga yoga.

Treasurer – Wanessa Santana de Oliveira (GPLLM)

Wanessa is currently a full-time student and candidate of the GPLLM – Innovation, Technology & Law. Wanessa is a young lawyer accredited in Brazil and has 9 years of professional experience working with corporate law, mergers & acquisitions. She is an AIESEC alumni, has experience as team leader and collaborator of graduate student board at University of Londrina, Brazil. Her major skills are being a very good and empathetic communicator, self-management and motivation, ability to coordinate tasks that needs to be delivered by diverse players and diplomacy.

Director of Communications - Daniel Escudero (GPLLM)

I am a GPLLM student in the Canadian Common Law concentration. I hold an LL.B from the University of Southampton in the UK. I also hold a Master in Policing, Intelligence, Counter-Terrorism and International Security Studies, and Bachelor of Arts with Honours from York University in Political Science.

I have extensive experience working in student-led executive committees. For example, during my time at Southampton Law school, I was the Vice President of the Mooting Society. I was responsible for supporting and promoting the Mooting Society at Southampton University. This included organizing and conducting mooting competitions for first-year and upper-year law students. I was also the Social Secretary and Treasurer of the North American Society at Southampton. In that role, I was responsible for establishing a budget, developing, organizing and hosting various social events such as Thanksgiving dinner, bowling and movie nights.

Social Affairs – Muhammad Talal Khan (GPLLM)

Muhammad Talal Khan is a GPLLM candidate. Talal has a BA from the University of Waterloo after which he obtained a Graduate LLB from BPP University College in London. Talal previously worked for a Middle East IP boutique firm before obtaining an LLM from George Washington University. Talal specializes in IP, Anti-trust, technology and Data privacy issues and is a member of several IP organizations including INTA.

Social Affairs – Ansshita Varshney (GPLLM)

Anshita Varshney is a Technical Project Manager (PMP®) at Indellient Inc. Along with all her project management duties she interfaces with cross-functional teams within the organization and takes part in establishing and maintaining relationships with third-party vendors. She is a graduate law student pursuing GPLLM at the Graduate Law School, University of Toronto. She has close to a decade of experience working in technology. She has worked on projects like HIPAA and GDPR compliance of software toolsets during her current employment, robotic prosthetic arm as well as a technical paper on hydrogen fuel cell economy during her final year of engineering. She is vastly interested in contributing her efforts towards the areas of data privacy and legal frameworks against disruptive technologies. Whenever time permits she loves to volunteer with organizations like PMI, and DECAU. Other than work and studies, she is a sports and fitness enthusiast and has been practicing yoga for more than 10 years. Anshita loves to dance and is currently learning Latin dancing and Ballet

SJD Rep – Michaël Lessard (SJD)

Michaël Lessard is an SJD student at the University of Toronto. He holds an LLM from New York University and a BCL|LLB from McGill University. Member of the Québec Bar, he clerked at the Court of Appeal of Québec. During his law degree at McGill, he sat on the Admissions Committee of the Faculty of Law, and on the Board of Directors of the Students’ Society of McGill University. He is an active member of the Young Bar of Montréal’s Research and Legislation Committee.

LLM Rep – Andrew Patel (LLM)

Born in Toronto, directly after graduating from high school, I attended the University of Leeds and graduated with a LL.B. in 2018. I then pursued a M.A. in Political Economy at Columbia University, graduating in 2019. I have previous experience serving on councils and committees and, at the University of Leeds, I served as a Secretary on the Leeds Law Society. Similarly, at Columbia University, I served as a M.A. Representative on the Graduate Student Council. After completing my LL.M., I will article with Goodmans LLP in Toronto in August 2020. I enjoy cooking, try new restaurants, exploring Toronto, and playing with my dog!

GPLLM Rep – Ann Gardhouse (GPLLM)

Ann Kathrin is currently enrolled in the Canadian Law Concentration of the GPLLM Program with the goal to become licensed as a lawyer in Ontario. She finished her law school degree in Germany in 2016 and immigrated to Canada right after. During her studies in Germany she enjoyed an education in the German civil law system as well as in the American common law. She also spend one year in Luxembourg, focusing on European and International Law, as well as philosophy of law. Here in Canada she commenced her MA in Philosophy at McMaster University, and upgraded to the PhD program after one year. When time permits, she continues to work on her PhD thesis, which focuses on Gabriel Tarde’s sociology of law.

GSU Representative – Carlos Vera de Freites (GPLLM)

Carlos is a Venezuelan Lawyer graduated from the Universidad Central de Venezuela. In Canada, he obtained a Paralegal and a Human Resources Management Diploma from Centennial College. He is also a Licensed Paralegal by the Law Society of Ontario.

Carlos focused most of his law career in International Law, both Public and Private, and International Relations. He attended the summer course in Private International Law at The Hague Academy of International Law, the Netherlands in 2013. Carlos was pursuing a Master in Private and Comparative Law at the Universidad Central de Venezuela and completed all credits when he decided to leave his home country because of the political and social turmoil.

He worked for nine years in the Bureau of Legal Consultancy at the Venezuelan Parliament, where he developed a wide range of activities related to different areas of practice, such as administrative law, legislative procedure, constitutional law, the public function, parliamentary procedures, employment law, tax law, among others.

In Canada, he has gained experience mainly in the Immigration Law field. Carlos has worked as a Case Analyst and Case Manager for Immigration Law Firms, assisting Lawyers and Immigrant Consultants with corporate immigration and global mobility matters, as well with temporary and permanent residence applications. Prior to working in Immigration, Carlos worked for a personal injury and accident benefits Law Firm, where he assisted lawyers and paralegals in accident benefits claims and torts.