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Patrick Enright

Patrick Enright graduated from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law in 2018 where he developed a passion for employment law and civil liberties issues. Most notably, he was involved with the David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights, where he worked on Supreme Court appeals and public interest advocacy, as well as serving as a caseworker for the Employment Division for Downtown Legal Services (DLS). As a caseworker, Patrick represented clients in a number of employment matters, including human rights, wrongful dismissal, unpaid overtime and workplace harassment. Patrick continued to explore his passion for civil liberties and human rights in 2017 where he served as a Donner Fellow at the Centre for Law and Democracy (CLD) in Halifax, an organization specializing in promoting government transparency, access to information,  and press freedom. In addition, during his final year of law school, he tutored first-year students in his law faculty's Academic Success Program (ASP) and served as a  senior editor for the Indigenous Law Journal. 
 
Prior to law school, Patrick graduated with an English degree from Wilfrid Laurier University, where he earned the Flora Roy Scholarship for attaining the highest standing in his program.

Graciela Flores Méndez 

Graciela Flores Méndez earned a JD with a social justice option from the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law in 2018.

Before law school, Graciela was a law clerk at Roach, Schwartz & Associates and Jared Will & Associates and helped provide legal services to marginalized communities across the GTA. As a law clerk, Graciela worked directly with clients and also appeared as an agent to counsel in criminal court, at the Landlord and Tenant Board, and the Social Benefits Tribunal.

During her first year of law school, Graciela presented her updated Master’s Major Research Paper, “Alien/ation: Race, Citizenship, and the Construction of the Mexican ‘Illegal Alien,’” at Carleton University’s Law and Legal Studies Conference. In her second year, she was part of Free Law: Access to Justice Legal Clinic where she co-organized a Tenant Night event to provide free legal information to tenants in Ottawa. That summer, she interned at the Poder Judicial Federal de la Nación in Zacatecas, Mexico. During her final year in school, Graciela participated in the University of Ottawa’s first Refugee/Criminal Law Clinic, where she assisted with preparation for two cases before the Federal Court. She was once again chosen that year to present a paper titled “Wheel of Misfortune: The Multicultural Power and Control Wheel, Precarious Migrant Status and VAW in Canada” at Carleton’s Law and Legal Studies Conference. From her second year of law school to the present, Graciela has been a member of the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers and the Canadian Hispanic Bar Association.

Graciela received her Master of Arts in Socio-Legal Studies from York University in 2010 and her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2007.

Michael McDonough

Michael McDonough received his J.D. from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law in 2018. Throughout law school, he demonstrated his commitment to workers' rights through his legal aid clinic work and volunteer initiatives. Michael volunteered as a caseworker with Advocates for Injured Workers, a legal aid clinic specializing in workers' compensation law, where he represented clients at all levels of appeal in front of the WSIB and WSIAT. In his third year, Michael volunteered with the employment division of Downtown Legal Services, where he represented clients in matters related to wrongful dismissal, Employment Standards Act violations, and human rights. Michael was also co-director of the Pro Bono Students Canada (PBSC) Union-Side Labour Law Research Project where he was involved in projects related to the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program (SAWP) and Workers' Compensation Law.

In the summer of 2017 Michael was a summer student at Building Trade Workers' Services, a non-profit specializing in Workers' Compensation Law.

Prior to law school Michael earned a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Biological Anthropology from the University of Western Ontario where he was awarded the gold medal in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.

Deborah Guterman

Deborah Guterman earned degrees in civil and common law from McGill University in 2018. During law school, Deborah demonstrated a commitment to working collaboratively with individuals and communities seeking social and economic justice. She coordinated a migrant justice project that helped people of precarious status apply for permanent residency on humanitarian and compassionate grounds, helped found a prisoners' legal support collective, and volunteered as an advisor at Project Genesis, a Montreal-based community clinic. Deborah spent a summer working at the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association, where she worked on numerous constitutional law issues, and spent time in Brazil learning about movement organizing from farmworkers of the Landless Workers' Movement (MST). This experience drove Deborah to contribute to worker struggles for dignity and self-determination at Cavalluzzo.

Deborah participated in the 2017 Wilson Moot, where she pleaded in front of Supreme Court Chief Justice Beverly McLachlin and helped the McGill team win the 1st place factum and 2nd place overall team prizes.  Upon graduation, Deborah also received the George S. Challies Memorial Award.

Prior to entering law school, Deborah earned a B.A. from McGill University and an M.A. from New York University, both in Middle East Studies.

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