Current Students

ARTICLING STUDENTS

Bahzad Akhkend

Behzad is a recent graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School. Behzad’s pursuit of legal studies and passion for legal practice stems from his deep-rooted commitment to social justice and public interest advocacy, particularly in the areas of workers’ rights, migrant justice and human rights.

Behzad traces his commitments to social justice to his roots as a Kurdish refugee from Iran.  Prior to law school, he completed a MA and Post-Graduate degree in the political economy of Canadian immigration and refugee policy. In his capacity as a faculty staff and CUPE member at York University, he supported education workers in their struggle for better and more dignified working conditions, as well as more affordable and accessible public education. He further contributed to social justice advocacy through his involvement with the Workers’ Action Centre, as Co-Founder of the Canadian chapter of the International Alliance in Support of Working People in Iran, former Co-Chair of the uOttawa Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers and as an executive member of the CUPE Youth and International Solidarity Committee.   

During law school, Behzad developed his litigation skills as a Caseworker in the Workers’ Rights division at Parkdale Community Legal Services and as a summer student at the employment law division of Kelly Santini in Ottawa. He has also been a long-term Pro-bono and Legal Help Ontario volunteer providing legal support to underrepresented communities.

Veromi Arsiradam

Veromi Arsiradam graduated with a JD from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2021.

Prior to this, she entered the University of Saskatchewan on a Chancellor’s Scholarship, granted to the top fifteen incoming undergraduate students, and completed a study term abroad in Havana, Cuba. She obtained a BA(Hons) in Philosophy at Dalhousie University, where she was awarded the University Medal for placing first in the program.

Veromi then earned a direct-entry PhD from Western University, specializing in ethics, and social and political philosophy. Her dissertation engaged critical race and feminist theories in the context of domestic and international adoptions. She received numerous scholarships and awards, including a SSHRC Doctoral Scholarship and Doctoral Excellence Research Award. Veromi was actively involved with Adopt4Life: Ontario’s adoptive parents’ association and served as a consultant on a federal policy proposal for equitable EI benefits for adoptive parents. She held research assistantships in the departments of Law, Women’s Studies, and Philosophy; and has guest-lectured in the departments of Medicine, Women’s Studies, and Philosophy.

At Osgoode, Veromi continued to pursue her passion for social justice. She completed a clinical placement and worked at the Human Rights Legal Support Centre, where she assisted clients at all stages of the tribunal process and represented them at mediations. For her paper on law, religion, and equality, Veromi was awarded Osgoode’s Bora Laskin Prize in 2020. Throughout law school, she led research and policy projects with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) Alliance. Through Pro Bono Students Canada (PBSC), she drafted wills for low-income individuals and families. In 2021, Veromi received a PBSC Chief Justice Richard Wagner Award for her work with Butterfly: Asian and Migrant Sex Workers’ Support Network, in association with HIV Legal Network. Veromi served as an Associate Editor for the Osgoode Hall Law Journal, and she recently worked on a legal team with Canadian Lawyers for International Human Rights.

Veromi grew up in Durban, South Africa, on the lands of indigenous San and Khoekhoe peoples, and then in Saskatchewan on Treaty 6 Territory of Cree, Dené, Dakota, and Métis Nations. She is now working and learning on lands governed by the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant in Aterón:to. She is committed to international solidarity with indigenous and colonized peoples around the world.

Veromi worked at Cavalluzzo as a summer student and is currently an articling student at the firm.

Hannah Goddard Rebstein 

Hannah Goddard Rebstein graduated from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law with Distinction in 2021.

Before law school, Hannah worked to support feminist, anti-oppressive and harm reduction-based advocacy in the context of politics and the legal system. Hannah earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of British Columbia, writing her Honours thesis on drug policy in Vancouver and Victoria. Hannah also gained experience in poverty law services through working as an Intern with a pro bono legal advocacy program for women in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, Atira Women’s Resource Society. Hannah then completed an MSc at the University of Oxford in Comparative Social Policy, writing her dissertation on legal aid policy in Ontario and British Columbia.

During law school, Hannah focused on labour and constitutional law, and in particular on learning about and contributing to work for marginalized clients in those fields. During her first year of law school, Hannah was a caseworker at Advocates for Injured Workers Community Clinic, performing research and advocacy on behalf of clients. During her 1L summer, she worked as a research assistant at the Faculty of Law, doing work on populism, elections law and sexual assault law reform. In her second year, Hannah received the top oralist award in the Laskin Competitive Moot, as well as the Jeffrey Egner Award and the Warren K Winkler Prize in Labour Law at the Faculty of Law. During her 2L summer, Hannah worked at Cavalluzzo LLP. During her third year, Hannah assisted criminal defence lawyers with interventions before the Supreme Court of Canada and research in support of criminal sentence and conviction appeals, through the Appellate Criminal Litigation Externship.

Roshni Khemraj

Roshni Khemraj is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School. She is currently living on the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee, Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation and Anishinabewaki peoples, and is working on lands governed by the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant in Tkaranto. Prior to law school, Roshni earned a Specialized B.A. in Political Science with a certificate in French Studies from York University.

In law school and undergrad, Roshni developed a strong passion for migrant justice, community organizing, law reform work and developing strategies to further youth, gender and racial inclusion. She brings a longstanding commitment to human rights and feminist and youth advocacy, with leadership experience with Amnesty International and experience working with Plan International Canada, the federal Department of Women and Gender Equality and as a consultant on a variety of gender-based violence educational and research projects. 

In law school, Roshni refined her advocacy skills through clinic placements with the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic, where she has contributed to legal reform and test case litigation on behalf of women with precarious immigration and employment status experiencing workplace harassment, and as a caseworker in the Immigration Division at Parkdale Community Legal Services, where she advocated for clients with intersecting social and legal issues on both an individual and systemic level.  Roshni has also conducted research for Olthuis Kleer Townshend LLP on the application of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Canadian law and represented Osgoode at the 2021 Kawaskimhon National Aboriginal Moot

 

 

SUMMER STUDENTS

Morgan McGinn

Morgan McGinn recently graduated from the McGill Faculty of Law with both JD and BCL degrees. Throughout law school, Morgan remained committed to leveraging her legal access to support movement work being done in the communities around her. For four years, she has been a regular volunteer at the Immigrant Worker’s Centre. She also spent time volunteering at the Native Friendship Centre legal clinic and co-founded a new legal clinic at the Resilience Montreal day shelter. 

Morgan has long been involved in intersectional climate justice and anticolonial grassroots movements, most recently with Climate Justice Montreal. After starting law school, Morgan spent an immersive semester at a public-interest environmental law organization on the West coast, working on a major Aboriginal Title case. She recently co-authored a book chapter on climate change litigation in Canada, and is working on integrating environmental concerns and workers’ solidarity through research on climate strikes and a Just Transition model. 

Alongside learning from worker-led advocacy at the Immigrant Worker’s Centre, Morgan had the opportunity to grow her critical understanding of labour law by working for the Labour Law Research and Development Laboratory at McGill. 

Prior to law school, Morgan completed a BA in International Relations and Environmental Studies at Mount Allison University with Honours. Morgan is currently living on unceded Mi’kmaq territory subject to the Peace and Friendship Treaties and working on lands governed by the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant in Tkaranto. Morgan is committed to becoming a better treaty partner. 

Priyanka Sharma

Priyanka Sharma is an incoming third-year law student at Osgoode Hall Law School, working and learning on lands governed by the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant in Tkaranto. Priyanka strongly believes that survivors of systemic violence are experts of their own lives and leaders of social movements, and is thus committed to work that is abolitionist, feminist, anti-racist, and anti-colonial. 

In law school and undergrad, Priyanka immersed themselves in their communities by working with student unions and faculty governance, student and academic publications, and equity-seeking advocacy groups. Most recently, Priyanka was a workers’ rights caseworker, union steward, and Board of Directors member at Parkdale Community Legal Clinic. Outside of law school, Priyanka volunteers as a peer-support worker for queer and trans youth, and is a member of the Board of Directors at the Toronto Rape Crisis Centre collective.  

Prior to law school, Priyanka completed an MA in Criminology and Sociolegal Studies and BA in English Literature and Criminology from the University of Toronto. Priyanka’s previous work experience includes working with a teachers’ union-side labour law office, a professional health regulator, and as a unionized worker in university education and violence against women sectors.