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: Hyunju Park (Crystal) (GPLLM) -

Vice President: Kathi Gardhouse (GPLLM) -

Treasurer: Wanessa Santana de Oliveira (GPLLM) -

Director of Communications: Daniel Escudero (GPLLM) -

Social Affairs Officer: Ansshita Varshney (GPLLM) -

LLM Representative: Andrew Patel (LLM) -

SJD Representative: Michaël Lessard (SJD) -

GPLLM Representative: TBD

GSU Rep: Carlos Vera de Freites (GPLLM) -

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 – Hyunju Park (Crystal) (GPLLM)

Crystal is the President of the GLSA. She is studying Canadian law as a GPLLM candidate at the University of Toronto. As a newcomer to Toronto, she spends a significant amount immersing herself in the local legal landscape by volunteering in various institutions such as the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA), the Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario at the Landlord Tenant Board (LTB) and the Korean Legal Clinic – where she conducts legal research and/or clerical work. At the same time, she has satisfied the requirements to obtain the Qualified Arbitrator (Q.Arb) designation from the ADR Institute of Ontario and successfully completed an intensive certification course on Canadian construction law organized by Osgoode Hall Law School – Professional Development. Prior to Toronto, she was a Category Manager for Procurement at Galaxy Entertainment Group. She is experienced in strategically procuring IT, security and surveillance products and services. She holds an LL.M in International Business Law (Thesis Track) from the University of Macau and LL.B. from Yonsei University (South Korea). She is also a two-time participant of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition held annually in Washington D.C.

Vice President - Kathi Gardhouse (GPLLM)

Kathi Gardhouse is the GPLLM Vice President and she is currently enrolled in the Canadian Law Concentration of the GPLLM Program with the goal of becoming a licensed lawyer in Ontario. She finished her law school degree in Germany in 2016 and l law system as well as in the American common law. She also spent one year in Luxembourg, focusing on European and Inteimmigrated to Canada right after. During her studies in Germany, she enjoyed an education in the German civirnational Law, as well as studying the 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.

Director of Communications – Daniel Escudero (GPLLM)

Daniel is the Director of Communications of the GLSA and a GPLLM candidate. Before coming to the University of Toronto, he completed his LL.B at the University of Southampton in 2019 in the United Kingdom. Daniel also holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Political Science from York University and Double Master Degree Policing, Intelligence, Counter-Terrorism and International Security Studies from Macquarie University. He also worked for Southern Health National Health Service Foundation Trust as a Mental Health Act Review Manager chairing tribunal hearings on behalf of the Trust to determine if a patient should be retained or discharged from hospital care under the Mental Health Act 1983 and its Code of Practice. Daniel currently works for Pro Bono Students Canada University of Toronto Chapter in the Family Law Project assisting unrepresented clients draft court documents and provide legal information, including applying for custody, access, child support, filing motions, and drafting court orders.

Treasurer - Wanessa Santana de Oliveira (GPLLM)

Wanessa Santana de Oliveira is the Treasurer of the GLSA and is currently a full-time student and candidate of the GPLLM - Innovation, Technology & Law stream. She holds an LL.B and Civil Law Specialization from the University of Londrina, Brazil. Wanessa is a young lawyer accredited in Brazil and has professional experience working with corporate law, mergers & acquisitions and real estate at renowned law firms in Brazil. She is an AIESEC alumnus and has been involved as a collaborator of the graduate student board during law school. At the University of Toronto, she is focusing her studies on the impact of technology on lawyer's careers and on innovative methodologies that could be used to leverage from technology.

SJD Rep - Michaël Lessard (SJD)

Michaël Lessard is the SJD Representative and is a current SJD student. He holds an LL.M from New York University and a BCL|LL.B from McGill University. As a member of the Québec Bar, he clerked at the Court of Appeal of Québec. His research focuses on the legal treatment of bodies, identities and the self.


LLM Rep – Andrew Patel (LLM)

Andrew is the current LLM Rep. Born in Toronto, directly after graduating from high school, Andrew attended the University of Leeds and graduated with an LL.B. in 2018. He then pursued an M.A. in Political Economy at Columbia University, graduating in 2019. Andrew has previous experience serving on councils and committees. At the University of Leeds, Andrew served as a Secretary on the Leeds Law Society. Similarly, at Columbia University, Andrew served as an M.A. Representative on the Graduate Student Council. After completing his LL.M., Andrew will be articling with Goodmans LLP in Toronto in August 2020. He enjoys cooking, trying new restaurants, exploring Toronto, and playing with his dog!

Social Affairs – Ansshita Varshney (GPLLM)

Ansshita is a GPLLM student in the Canadian Law concentration. She currently works as a Technical Project Manager. Her recent work areas include health care materials development application, personal information protection under GDPR compliance, and personal healthcare information protection under HIPAA compliance. Before joining the University of Toronto, she went to UTM to pursue professional studies in the areas of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence, where some of her project work included Medicare Healthcare Prediction Model, application of Big Data for Gender Prediction Model and Predictive Analysis of Customer Segmentation. She also holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Project Management and an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering. She aims at contributing her efforts towards the areas of data privacy and legal frameworks against disruptive technologies. She loves to volunteer with PMI as a mentor to students at various universities and colleges, and as a judge at DECAU student competitions. Ansshita has been practicing yoga for over a decade. She loves basketball, dance sports, and social dancing

GSU Representative – Carlos Vera de Freites (GPLLM)

Carlos is the current GSU Rep and currently sits on the Gender Accessibility and Diversity Committee. Carlos graduated as a Lawyer 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. Before coming to Canada, Carlos was pursuing a Master in Private and Comparative Law at the Universidad Central de Venezuela. In Canada, he has gained experience mainly in the Immigration Law field by working as a Case Analyst and Case Manager for Immigration Law Firms by assisting Lawyers and Immigrant Consultants with corporate immigration and global mobility matters, as well with temporary and permanent residence applications.