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Julián Gómez Biagi

 

Julián Gómez Biagi graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2017. During law school, he worked and volunteered at the Community & Legal Aid Services Programme, the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic, and Parkdale Community Legal Services (PCLS) as a caseworker. While at PCLS, he also served as a Director on the Board of Directors and volunteered in the commissioning clinic. Additionally, with a small group of committed peers, he helped lead a campaign to unionise the student caseworkers in the face of opposition from the employer. With a combination of legal and community advocacy, they led a successful drive and helped the union become established for future caseworkers.

Other labour organising included supporting food service workers in their 2017 strike to obtain living wages. Prior to that, during the CUPE 3903 labour disruption in 2015, he helped negotiate curricular arrangements with the university administration that permitted students the flexibility to respect the picket line. He also acted on behalf of student interests, for example, as a student representative within the Faculty Governance structure, on the Osgoode Hall Equality Committee, as president of the Hispanic Osgoode Law Association, and through academically mentoring students in the Dean's Fellowship program.

Before entering the legal profession, Julián completed a degree in architecture. He lived and worked in New York City, Houston, Madrid, and Rome. His experience with a variety of unionised trades in the construction industry motivated his passion for social justice, which led him to join Cavalluzzo in 2016 as a summer student. You can usually find him traipsing around interesting buildings.

 

Kaley Duff

Kaley Duff received her J.D. from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law in 2017. Throughout law school, Kaley demonstrated a keen interest in clinic work and a dedication to workers' rights. Kaley was an active volunteer in the employment division of Downtown Legal Services, where she assisted clients in matters related to wrongful dismissal, Employment Standards Act violations, and human rights. Kaley also volunteered as a caseworker with Advocates for Injured Workers, a community legal clinic specializing in workers' compensation law. Through AIW, Kaley represented clients at all levels of appeal in front of the WSIB and WSIAT. In her second year, Kaley was also the co-director of the clinic. Additionally, Kaley worked as a research assistant for Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers.

Kaley was also active in her school's mooting program. She competed, and later participated as student coach, in the Mathews Dinsdale National Labour Arbitration Moot competition, where she and her teammate placed second. Kaley was awarded the J.F.W. "Ted" Weatherill Prize in Labour Arbitration, a prize awarded annually to the most outstanding student in labour arbitration.

Kaley was a summer student at an full-service law firm in 2016.

Prior to attending law school, Kaley completed a Bachelor of Music in piano and a Master of Arts in music theory from the University of Ottawa. During law school Kaley kept her love of music alive by directing and singing with her law school's a cappella choir, The Supreme Chords.

Gall Levit

Gall Levit returns to Cavalluzzo after summering with the firm in 2016 and completing her J.D. at Osgoode Hall Law School in 2017. During law school Gall was involved with a number of social justice and legal aid initiatives. She developed her passion for labour law and worker's rights issues through a placement with the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) working on initiatives relating to Canada's Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program.  In addition, Gall was a student caseworker at Parkdale Community Legal Services in the Social Assistance, Violence and Health Division. Throughout law school Gall volunteered with a number of non-profits and student organizations including Pro Bono Students Canada, FCJ Refugee Centre, the Justice and Corporate Accountability Project and the Osgoode Feminist Collective. In her final semester at Osgoode Gall worked as a research assistant examining gender equality cases through a comparative international constitutional lens.   

Prior to law school Gall worked as a youth worker and was involved in a number of violence prevention and feminist advocacy initiatives. In 2013, she earned her B.A. in International Relations from the University of British Columbia.

Michael Thornburn

Michael Thorburn earned a JD from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2017. During law school, Michael worked on a variety of labour and employment issues. In first year, he interned at the Concerned for Working Children, a non-governmental-organization in Bangalore, India that focuses on the protection of child workers. In second year, Michael worked as a community organizer as a part of a get-out-the-vote campaign run by the Citizen Empowerment Project, a not-for-profit that promotes underrepresented communities’ engagement with national legal and policy issues.  In third year, Michael was co-president of Osgoode’s Labour & Employment Law Society, and provided research assistance to distinguished labour and employment scholars, Professors Harry Arthurs and Sara Slinn. In addition, throughout law school Michael was a member of the Osgoode Hall Law Journal­—in his final year of studies, he served as Managing Editor.  

Upon graduation, Michael was granted the Dean’s Gold Key Award and the Wendy Babcock Award for Social Justice.  

Prior to law school, Michael earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Simon Fraser University.

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