Assistant Deans

Sara Faherty

Sara Faherty, Assistant Dean Office of the Associate Dean
Room: Flavelle 339

Sara handles curricular and academic matters.  She oversees the Records Office, combined degree and certificate programs, the mooting program, academic appeals, externships, and the journals.  

During the Fall 2020 term, Sara is available to meet students in person and online Mon - Fri. 

Sara's bio


Brittany Twiss, Acting Assistant Dean, JD Program
Room: Flavelle 343

Brittany oversees Admissions, Financial Aid, the Career Development Office, academic support programs, health and wellness activities, student accommodations, the Indigenous Initiatives Office, and most non-credit student activities such as O-Week, student clubs and the SLS. Brittany also oversees the law school’s in-house programs and clinics: Downtown Legal Services (DLS), Law in Action Within Schools (LAWS), the Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights, the International Human Rights Program (IHRP),  the Investor Protection Clinic (IPC), Future of Law Lab, and Pro Bono Students Canada (PBSC).  Brittany is presently on a secondment as Acting Assistant Dean of the JD Program from September 2021 to March 2022.

Brittany's bio

Student Mental Health and Wellness


Cheryl White, Student Mental Health and Wellness Program Manager
Room: Jackman P323

Cheryl is responsible for developing and implementing the law school's mental health strategy. She creates and facilitates learning activities and workshops and provides case management assistance to students regarding mental health and wellness experiences. She also helps navigate and connect to resources within the law school, across the University and in the wider community.   Cheryl is available to students Mon - Thu.

Cheryl’s bio

Charlie Williams


Charlie Williams, On-Location Student Mental Health Counsellor

Charlie provides short-term, confidential psychotherapy and counselling on a range of issues including adjustment and transition issues, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, relationship and family issues, body image, sexual orientation, gender identity, etc. Charlie is a social worker with the University of Toronto’s Health & Wellness Centre counselling team and is on-site at the Faculty of Law on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays.   

Charlie’s bio
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Annicka Stabenow, On-Location Accessibility Advisor

Annika Stabenow works with one-on-one with law students who are impacted by health and mental health concerns/disabilities and require accommodations to achieve their academic goals. As an Accessibility Advisor, her role includes maintaining privacy and confidentiality while helping registered students access disability-related accommodations. Annicka has her master’s degree from OISE in counselling and psychotherapy, with seven years of experience supporting post-secondary students in a variety of roles. 


Student Life

Terry Gardiner

Terry Gardiner, Director, Student Programs
Room: Flavelle 328B

The Student Life team focuses on supporting your law school experience. Our team brings you opportunities to learn about and participate in orientation, student clubs, community activities, Indigenous initiatives, experiential learning and promoting your mental and physical health. Terry leads the team, which is part of the broader Student Services group. Terry is available to meet with students online.

Terry's bio


Celine Chau, Student Programs Coordinator
Room: Jackman P325 

Celine is your go-to person for all things co-curricular and extra-curricular at the law school. She advises student clubs and government, co-chairs the health and wellness committee, and organizes student events such as orientation and See Yourself Here. She manages the student exchange program, the Academic Success Program and the Alumni Mentorship Program.  

 Celine's bio


Julie Ann Shepard, Manager, Indigenous Initiatives
Room:  Jackman P327

Julie Ann provides support to Indigenous law students, including counselling on career, academic, financial aid, and personal matters. Julie Ann also develops academic, experiential and cultural programming for any students interested in Aboriginal law.

Julie Ann's bio


Career Development Office

Neil Dennis

Neil Dennis, Director
Room: Jackman P302

Neil is responsible for planning, developing, and overseeing the delivery of career development programs for Faculty of Law students.  In addition to counseling law students and graduates on career development strategies, he also fosters and develops effective relationships with private and public employers, both domestic and international, with a view to expanding career opportunities for the Faculty. 

During the Fall 2020 term, Neil is available to meet students online or by phone Mon - Fri. He will be at the law school on Tuesdays and alternating Fridays. 

Neil's bio


Admissions and Financial Aid


Irene Aiello, Manager, Financial Aid Program
Room: Jackman P306

Irene provides personal counselling to current and prospective JD students on all aspects of financial aid from their first year to post-graduation. She manages the JD Financial Aid Program and the Post-Graduation Debt Repayment Assistance Program, including the administration of scholarships and awards, bursaries, professional student loan programs and emergency loans.

 Irene's bio


Jerome Poon-Ting

Jerome Poon-Ting, Senior Recruitment, Admissions & Diversity Outreach Officer
Room: Jackman P308

Jerome conducts outreach and communication to prospective students and applicants, while overseeing the day-to-day operation of the admission process. Current JD students seek to volunteer with Jerome as Student Ambassadors, tour guides, and special event crew, to share their insights on being law students at UofT and living in Toronto.

Jerome's bio



Tammy-Lynn Pecoskie, Admissions and Financial Aid Coordinator

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Room: Jackman P316

Tammy  assists and advises students with their financial aid, including law school, government and external funding. She also provides advice to those seeking admission to U of T’s JD program through consultations and information sessions.

Tammy's bio



Erica Varga

Erica, Varga, Student Services Assistant
Student Services Hub, 3rd floor Jackman

Erica manages front-line inquiries at the Student Services Hub. She provides assistance to the Admissions and Financial Aid teams.

Erica’s bio




Records Office

Vannessa Sears

Vannessa Sears, Assistant Registrar
Room: Jackman P310

As the Assistant Registrar, Vannessa can be found in the Records Office and is the primary contact for administrative academic matters. Students can drop by or contact the Records Office with any questions relating to course enrollment, assignment submissions, exams, grades, eLegal, ACORN/ROSI, Faculty of Law prizes & awards, JD combined programs, and to check on their degree progress. If we can’t help you then we can definitely connect you with someone who can!

Vannessa's bio



Julia Decker, Records & Student Services Coordinator
Room: Jackman P310

Julia provides academic support in the Records Office by advising students on degree requirements, course selection, assignment submissions, changes to immigration statuses, examinations, final grades, and JD combined programs. She also assists with implementing programming to foster students’ individual career development and coordinating networking activities between students and employers.


For graduate students, please see the Meet Your Graduate Program Team page.