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2016-2017 Articling Student Biographies

Andrea Sobko

Andrea obtained her J.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2016. She completed law school on a part-time basis while working at the Ontario Justice Education Network (OJEN), a non-profit organization established by Ontario’s three Chief Justices to improve public understanding of the justice system. While at OJEN, Andrea oversaw the development of plain language legal resources, conducted professional development for teachers, and designed and delivered justice education programs for youth across the province. During her time at Osgoode, Andrea completed clinical placements with the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic, the Refugee Sponsorship Support Program, the International Criminal Court, and Parkdale Community Legal Services, where she represented low-income clients on matters related to social assistance, violence, and mental health law. Andrea has a strong interest in women’s human rights, and has worked with a range of feminist legal organizations to assist survivors of domestic violence with family, criminal, and immigration law matters.  She holds a bachelor of education and an honours bachelor of arts (sociology/psychology) from the University of Toronto.

Alex St. John

Alex St. John earned a J.D. from the Faculty of Law at Western University in 2016. During his studies he worked as a Supervisor at Community Legal Services and represented clients before the Ontario Court of Justice, Small Claims Court, Landlord and Tenant Board, and Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario. Alex also volunteered as a Case Manager with the Sport Solution Clinic where he supervised a team of students and supported Canadian national team athletes in team selection and athlete funding disputes, including drafting submissions for the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada. Prior to entering law school, Alex worked in progressively senior research positions at both Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU) and the Centre for Research in Inner City Health (CRICH) at St. Michael's Hospital. At WLU his work focused on how systemic forces shape the health and well-being of gender and sexual minorities and at CRICH he contributed to research focused on how unemployment insurance impacts health and poverty around the world. Alex was a summer student at Cavalluzzo in 2015.

Tyler Boggs

Tyler Boggs is a recent graduate of the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law. During law school, he worked as a Division Leader and Caseworker in the Family and Criminal Law Divisions of Downtown Legal Services. He also served as his school's sole Coordinator for the PBSC Wills Project, a non-profit clinic that provides wills, powers of attorney, and summary legal advice to low-income persons. In this role, he oversaw the Project's expansion to serve local sex worker and refugee populations. He additionally volunteered with both the Journal of Law and Equality and the PBSC Family Law Project. In his final year, he received an honorarium from the Canadian College of Construction Lawyers in relation to coursework completed on standard form construction agreements. Prior to law school, Tyler studied Labour Studies and Political Science at McMaster University, and was the University's sole recipient of the Human Rights Award. During his studies, he worked in claims processing at a leading Canadian insurance agency. He has previously volunteered with the Ontario Public Service Employees' Union and the Hamilton and District Labour Council, and was a summer student at Cavalluzzo in 2015.

Ruben Lindy

Ruben Lindy graduated from UBC Law School in 2015. During law school he was the summer legal intern at West Coast Legal Women’s Education and Action Fund (LEAF) and a member of the school's Social Justice Action Network. He also worked as a research assistant to several professors and received a number of academic prizes including the Hugh Ladner Memorial Prize in Labour Relations.

Following graduation, Ruben clerked at the British Columbia Court of Appeal. He is the co-author of a paper "Violence Against Women and the B.C. Family Law Act: Early Jurisprudence" published in the Family Law Quarterly and more recently co-authored a paper entitled "Intersecting Challenges: Mothers and Child Protection Law in BC" examining the intersection of disability and motherhood in the B.C. child protection system.

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