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2016/2017 Articling Students

 
Andreea Andrei - Osgoode Hall
Andreea recently received her J.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University. She completed her B.A. (Honours) in Psychology (Minor in Law and Business) at Ryerson University, graduating first in her class. Prior to law school, she conducted neuroscience research at St. Michael’s Hospital, with a focus on assessing the impact of traumatic brain injuries. Her undergraduate thesis was published in Legal and Criminological Psychology. During law school, she has participated in a number of mooting competitions, served as an executive with the Osgoode Corporate Governance Society, volunteered for Pro Bono Students Canada, and worked as a Freelance Editor for TheCourt.Ca. She is currently involved in several business-related initiatives and is a member of the advisory board for Ontario Small Claims Wizard. Outside of work, Andreea enjoys long-distance runs and attempting to keep up with her avid road cycling family. Andreea summered at the firm in 2014 and 2015. 
 
Kyle Elliott - Osgoode Hall
Kyle returns to Aird & Berlis after receiving his J.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School, where he was the recipient of the Dean’s Gold Key Award and the Student Honour Award. He holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from Carleton University, where he graduated with highest honours. During his time at Osgoode, Kyle remained an active member of the law school community. He was a student caseworker at Parkdale Community Legal Services (PCLS) in the Social Assistance, Violence and Heath (SAVAH) division. In this role, he represented low-income clients in appeal hearings at the Social Benefits Tribunal. He also volunteered in the Law in Action Within Schools (LAWS) program, meeting weekly with local high school students to teach them about law and the justice system. Kyle has also been an active member of the Black Law Students’ Association (BLSA). In his final year, he served as both the President of BLSA Osgoode and as a member of the National Executive of BLSA Canada. During his time as President, his chapter’s work was recognized with a Lexpert Zenith Award for their efforts in promoting greater diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. During his articling term, Kyle continues to serve as the National Articling Representative for BLSA Canada. When he has free time, Kyle likes to remain active. If he is not at the office, you will likely find him at the gym, or out for a run or a bike ride. Kyle summered with the firm in 2015.

Mitchell Grasser University of Ottawa
Mitchell recently graduated cum laude from the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law. At law school, Mitchell was awarded the Harold G. Fox Scholarship for academic merit, and worked as a teaching assistant for the first year Public Law and Legislation Course. He holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto and an Advertising Diploma from Sheridan College, graduating first in his class in both programs. Prior to law school, he worked in client marketing for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation on several of its television properties. He also worked for Canada’s largest independent television producer where he licensed music and other intellectual property for use in some of Canada’s most popular television programs. In his spare time, Mitchell likes to explore Toronto’s urban landscape and extol the benefits of owning a Boston Terrier. Mitchell summered with the firm in 2015.
 
Nicholas HungRutgers School of Law
Nicholas is a recent graduate of Rutgers School of Law and is called to the Bar in the State of New Jersey and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He holds a Bachelor of Management and Organizational Studies with a Specialization in Finance and Administration from Western University. Nicholas holds certificates in Family and Civil Mediation, and served for three years as a Mediator and Site Leader for the Rutgers Pro-Bono Mediation Project, mediating small claims and landlord-tenant claims. He also served as the Student Coordinator for the Rutgers Voter’s Rights Project. For his work in the local community, he was awarded the Dean’s Pro Bono Publico Award for Exceptional Service upon graduation. Nicholas competed in the National Baseball Arbitration Competition at Tulane University, where he finished as a Quarterfinalist, and was awarded an honourable mention for best brief.  Nicholas was an Associate Editor for the Rutgers Journal of Law & Religion, and he served on the National Board of the American Bar Association Law Student Division as the 3rd Circuit Governor. Nicholas enjoys softball and ultimate Frisbee in his spare time. Nicholas is doing a six month articling placement at the firm followed by a four month articling placement at Magna International Inc.
 
Timothy Jones University of Toronto
Timothy received his J.D. with distinction from the University of Toronto. He holds an M.A. from the University of Chicago and a B.A. from Mount Allison University. Prior to law school, he was executive director of a well-known music festival and worked at a large national foundation. As a consultant, Timothy also provided business planning, event development and proposal writing services to music sector clients across Canada. At U of T, Timothy received multiple awards, including the the Borden Ladner Gervais LLP Professional Excellence Award, the Blake, Cassels & Graydon Scholarship, the Edward J. Kowal Award for achievement in commercial law courses, the Gowlings WLG Prize in Bankruptcy and Insolvency, McRuer Scholarship in Administrative Law, the Leonard Feigman, Q.C. Prize in Evidence, and the Nathan Strauss, Q.C. Essay Prize. He also co-organized the Artists’ Legal Advice Services clinic and one of the school’s largest charitable fundraisers. Outside of work, Timothy is an avid softball and squash player. He summered at the firm in 2014 and 2015.
 
Pavle Levkovic University of Toronto
Pavle recently completed law school at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. He holds an M.A. and a B.A. in Linguistics from the University of Toronto, Trinity College. He is currently a serving member of the Toronto Scottish Regiment, a reserve unit of the Canadian Armed Forces. Prior to law school he worked in the military, for the NATO Association of Canada, and continues to be interested in international affairs and global policy generally. At U of T, he was a Senior Editor of the Journal of International Law and International Relations, President of the Natural Resources and Energy Law Club, a member of the Jewish Law Students Association, and a research assistant to former Dean Martin Friedland. He was also a Junior Fellow at Massey College. In his third year of law school, Pavle spent a semester on exchange at the Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3 in France where he obtained a Certificate in International and European Business Law. In his spare time, he enjoys friendly games of soccer, learning about wine, and visiting Europe now and then. Pavle summered at the firm in 2015.
  
Amy Marcen-Gaudaur - Western University
Amy recently graduated from Western University, Faculty of Law. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Western University, and prior to entering law school held the position of Public Relations and Communications Coordinator at Swarovski Canada. During her time at Western Law, Amy was an active member of the law school community. As Vice-President of the Entertainment and Sports Law Association, she managed a number of student driven initiatives such as the annual Hockey Arbitration Competition and hosted entertainment law focused speaker events. As the Co-Chair of the Western Law Ball Committee, she took pride in organizing the annual formal for faculty and students. Amy also competed in a number of advocacy competitions during her time at law school. In 2014, she won the Hicks Morley Labour Law Moot Competition and advanced to represent Western Law in the finals, ranking second overall. Outside of law school, Amy collects vinyl records and attends as many concerts as she can fit into her schedule. Amy summered at the firm in 2014 and 2015.

Ian McLeod - University of Ottawa
Ian recently graduated from the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law. He holds a Bachelor of Arts & Sciences (Honours) with specializations in International Development and Environmental Analysis from the University of Guelph. Prior to law school, Ian worked in landscape design and maintenance. His work won multiple provincial and national awards from the Landscape Ontario Horticultural Trades Association. He went on to start his own landscape business which he continued to run until starting law school. During law school, Ian worked as a teaching assistant for the Alternative Dispute Resolution program and completed a legal internship at Wadden Peddigrew Hogan Law, a boutique firm located in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Ian is an executive committee member of the Joel Schwartz Memorial Hockey Tournament. To date, the tournament has raised more than $1 million towards the inclusion of persons with developmental disabilities. Most Sundays you will find Ian eating far too much dim sum. Ian summered with the firm in 2015.

Cristina Senese University of Windsor
Cristina recently graduated from the University of Windsor, Faculty of Law.  Previously she graduated on the Dean’s List from Queen’s University and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in English Literature and History. Cristina’s passions are travel and sports.  At Queen’s, Cristina was a member of the varsity women’s soccer team earning the honour of Academic All Canadian in her freshman year. Cristina spent a year abroad, studying in the United Kingdom at the University of Leeds, where she took the opportunity to travel extensively throughout Europe. At Windsor, she volunteered for Pro Bono Students Canada and played on the law school intramural soccer team. Cristina is a long-time Leafs fan, regardless of their performance. In her spare time, Cristina can be found spending time with her large Italian family, which invariably involves food, laughter, homemade wine and more food. Cristina summered at the firm in 2015 and is very excited to return for articling.