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Ilija Dimeski

Throughout law school, Ilija was actively involved in the community in a variety of volunteer roles helping individuals experiencing homelessness, persons with disabilities, and non-unionized workers. Ilija also worked at three different legal clinics where he successfully advocated for low income individuals in an array of legal issues and has appeared before the Ontario Court of Justice, the Human Rights Tribunal, the Social Benefits Tribunal,  the Landlord and Tenant Board, and the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board. Through these various experiences, Ilija has pursued his passion to help those most in need and to apply his skills and knowledge in order to better serve the community as a whole. For his work he has been awarded the Access to Justice Award, the Mississauga Youth Hero Award, The Ontario Volunteer Service Award by the Government of Ontario and the Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers by the Governor General of Canada.

Prior to law school, Ilija was a union steward with the United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 1006A where he took part in negotiating the first two collective agreements with Cineplex. As a union steward, he advocated for the fair treatment of his colleagues by representing them at disciplinary meetings, grievance procedures, and through collective bargaining negotiations.

Ilija is eager to bring his passion, versatility, and experiences in labour and human rights law to Cavalluzzo LLP.

In his spare time, he enjoys camping, carpentry, and riding his motorcycle. 

Amelia Philpott

Amelia Philpott completed her Bachelors of Civil and Common Laws at McGill University in 2019, and her Honours  Bachelor of Arts in Arabic and Latin American Studies at the University of Ottawa in 2014. Alongside her classwork, Amelia's internships and legal clinic work gave her practical experience in poverty, immigration, administrative, and Aboriginal law.

As an intern with Mile End Legal Clinic Amelia helped low-income Montreal residents understand their rights and navigate a range of legal challenges including housing, labour, family, and immigration matters. In 2018, Amelia served as law clerk to Justice Randall Richmond at the Montreal Municipal Court, where she gained valuable insight into the judicial decision-making process and research experience in municipal and criminal law.

Throughout law school, Amelia worked with the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers (CARL) on immigration and refugee law reform. After co-founding a McGill student chapter in 2015, she served as the association's national student coordinator. In this role she coordinated projects between CARL lawyers and student chapters, drafted policy briefs, and provided research support in administrative law for Mr. Tran's Supreme Court submissions in Tran v Canada.

As a participant of the International Human Rights Internship Program (IHRIP) with McGill's Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism, Amelia interned with the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne (MCA) Justice Department in 2016. At MCA she conducted research in Aboriginal, Constitutional and Mohawk law, and assisted the department's legislative drafting committee develop regulations to the Akwesasne Court Law.

Long before becoming involved in the legal sphere, Amelia advocated for social justice as a musician with feminist folk trio Three Little Birds, whose album garnered them an "Emerging Artist of the Year" nomination in the 2012 Canadian Folk Music Awards. While her guitar has taken more of a backseat in recent years, she has still been known to foist the occasional serenade on those who happen to be within hearing range.


 

Isaac Handley

Isaac graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2019. He was involved in numerous constitutional / Charter moots as a law student, including as an oralist at the Wilson Cup and Laskin Cup. Isaac was a summer student at the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, where he worked on a range of legal and policy issues related to technology, surveillance, and fundamental freedoms. He was also a research assistant to Professor Eric Tucker, helping to assess the implications of the "gig" economy for workers in Canada, and examining the enforcement of employment standards in cases involving agricultural and foreign workers.

Before law school, Isaac worked at two start-up e-Commerce companies and also as a photographer. Isaac has an honours bachelor of arts degree in history, with minors in political science and American studies, from the University of Toronto.

Kylie Sier

 

Kylie Sier graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School where she received her JD.

Prior to this, she earned a Bachelor of Social Work Degree from the University of Regina. Kylie demonstrated a strong commitment to supporting and empowering marginalized communities throughout her studies and professional experience in Saskatchewan and abroad, including as a Domestic Violence Support Worker, Community Youth Worker and gender mainstreaming policy intern.

Following these opportunities, Kylie spent her time at law school continuing to cultivate skills and tools to challenge systems of power and oppression. As a caseworker in the Immigration Division at Parkdale Community Legal Services she assisted clients with intersecting social and legal issues, including advocating for the right to immigration status and dignified work on both individual client files and at the systemic level. She continues to volunteer with the legal clinic on projects aimed at engaging members of the community. As a Senior Editor with the Journal of Law and Social Policy, Kylie collaborated with community members, authors, and colleagues to publish works around lawyering, community organizing, and social change. Kylie actively volunteered throughout her studies including organizing with the Osgoode Hall Law Union in support of educators on strike, supporting survivors of sexual violence through the inaugural Osgoode Survivors Peer Support Network,  and the Family Law Project.

At Osgoode, Kylie graduated in the top 3% of her class and received a number of awards in recognition of her academic achievement and commitment to the broader community, including the D. Paul Emond Award and Upper Year Award of Excellence.

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