About Our Students


Emma Bolf

Emma Bolf graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2023, focusing on workers’ rights and social justice advocacy.

While at Osgoode, Emma worked as a Caseworker in the Workers’ Rights division at Parkdale Community Legal Services, advocating on behalf of workers with employment and human rights claims against their employer. Emma completed the Feminist Advocacy Clinical Program with a placement at the Barbara Schlifer Commemorative Clinic where she contributed to providing legal support to survivors of gender-based violence. She was selected to be a Dean’s Fellow in Contract Law, providing academic support to students in their first year of legal studies. During her final year of law school, Emma studied international law, European labour law, and comparative constitutional law at Trinity College in Dublin.

Emma has conducted research and volunteer work focused on the intersection between labour and feminist issues. This includes research on collective bargaining rights for domestic workers nationally and internationally, as well as working with sex-worker lead support networks to understand the impact of by-law enforcement and federal criminal legislation on the lives of sex workers.

Prior to working at Cavalluzzo LLP, Emma worked at a union-side labour firm, specializing in labour arbitration and professional regulation in the education sector.

Before pursuing a career in law, Emma gained experience working in the film and theatre industry after receiving her Bachelor of Arts from Queen’s University with a specialization in Film and Theatre.

Ali Mesbahian 

Ali obtained his JD from Osgoode Hall Law School in June 2023. His interest in the law spans across various areas including labour and employment, human rights, class actions, international law and the intersection of work and technology. Ali is a proud alumnus of Parkdale Community Legal Services , where he served as a caseworker in the Workers' Rights division. Ali has developed his advocacy skills through mooting, including as a member of the Tort Law Moot team during his second year, where he received the award for best factum. More recently, he represented Osgoode Hall in the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. In the summer of 2021, Ali worked with the Canadian Civil Liberties Association where he helped produce a nationwide report on vaccine passports and conducted research on the civil liberties implications of regulating social media.  He has also hosted a legal podcast, and is an editor of the Transnational Legal Theory Journal. Prior to law school, Ali obtained his BA and MA in philosophy at the University of Toronto and University of Alberta, respectively. 

Clémence Thabet 

Clémence Thabet graduated from the University of Ottawa combined political science and French common law program in 2023. They are passionate about advocacy work and have spent several years working with social justice and equality-oriented initiatives including LEAF, the Equality Law Clinic, the Capital Rainbow Refuge, the ID Project and the University of Ottawa Community Legal Clinic.

Clémence was also a teaching assistant for legal writing and research and served as an editor for several legal journals, including the Canadian Journal of Women and the Law. Their academic work, whether published or in the context of research roles, mobilizes queer theory to explore the intersections between queer/trans knowledge and legal studies.

Clémence was the 2022-2023 University of Ottawa Gold Medalist for the common law faculty and a Laskin Moot competitor in 2023.

Newsha Zargaran

Newsha received her JD from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2023, where she pursued her interest in labour and employment law in a social justice context. Newsha completed a placement within the Workers' Rights division at Parkdale Community Legal Services and served a one-year term on the clinic's Board of Directors. She held three research assistant positions in the areas of labour and employment law, human rights, and Indigenous legal orders and governance. Newsha was also selected to conduct research and writing for the 1st Supplement to The Guide for Lawyers Working with Indigenous Peoples for the Law Society of Ontario in 2022.

Prior to pursuing her legal education, Newsha earned a Bachelor of Commerce in 2015 from the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University and was an executive search consultant for five years. These experiences afforded Newsha a unique perspective into the ways in which capitalism, governance, and other vectors of power impact the systemic and everyday experiences of working people.

Newsha is committed to learning, unlearning, and social advocacy through a decolonial, anti-oppressive, and feminist praxis. She is a Planning Committee Co-Chair for Homeless Connect Toronto, a volunteer-run charity which supports people across the GTA in ending homelessness in their lives.


Mohamed Afify

Mohamed Afify is currently completing his final year of his J.D. from Queen’s University. At Queen’s, Mohamed demonstrated initiative and leadership as he was president of the Queen’s Labour and Employment Club and Queen’s Policy and Law Club. In his roles, Mohamed was able to expose the student body to more union-side and employee-side firms generating interest among the student body in advocacy work, as well as organizing panels which inform students on how the Ontario Human Rights Board and other public bodies may further social justice objectives. In 2021, Mohamed began his role as researcher and project lead on the Queen’s Conflict Analytics Lab, which is focused on leveraging technology to increase access to legal information, particularly regarding employment related grievances. As project lead on the Employment tools project, Mohamed assisted in the research and development of various online tools which assist workers with various legal issues such as wage-cuts, termination pay and constructive dismissal. Prior to law school, Mohamed completed his degree in Sociology from the University of Toronto in 2020. During his undergraduate tenure, Mohamed worked for several years on the Refugee Integration Stress and Equity project. As a researcher under the project, he assisted in obtaining primary data via one-on-one interviews with Syrian refugee youth, while having an active role in data synthesis. For his efforts, Mohamed was awarded the University of Toronto Excellence Award in Social Sciences and Humanities in 2019.

Chloe Rourke

Chloe is completing her final year of the combined B.C.L./J.D. program at McGill University. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts and Science (Hon.) in Cognitive Science from McGill University.

Chloe developed a passion for advocacy during her undergraduate studies. As a student politician she advocated for inclusive university policies and increased funding for student services. She quickly grew to recognize the importance of building collective power through organizing to counteract institutional power imbalances.  After graduating Chloe worked as a Disability Case Manager at an insurance company. She worked with diverse clients – unionized and non-unionized in the private and public sector – and facilitated trainings to improve the adjudication and management of mental health disability claims. She also provided consultation services to unions in arbitrations for members whose disability benefit claims were denied.

During law school, she volunteered at multiple community clinics providing legal information to clients on municipal law, employment law and discrimination law. As a research assistant to Professor Marina Morrow and Professor Sébastien Jodoin, Chloe has written on the intersections of disability justice, international human rights and climate policy. In 2022, she received the Joel Taller Prize for Emerging Voices in Food Law for her presentation on market concentration in food retail and its impact on agricultural workers. Chloe is excited to explore her diverse professional interests at Cavalluzzo, which include human rights, discrimination, labour, employment and Aboriginal law. She is committed to using her legal education to support community organizing and become a better treaty person.

David McQuillan

David McQuillan is a JD student entering his third year at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. He also holds a Master of Arts in English Literature from Dalhousie University and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Prince Edward Island.   

Before coming to law school, David worked at Community Legal Information (CLI) in his hometown of Charlottetown, PE. At CLI, David managed Renting PEI, a project designed to educate the public about housing law and offer direct support to clients experiencing legal issues related to housing. In addition to managing Renting PEI, David delivered general client service, helping clients experiencing a variety of legal problems to navigate the legal system and access justice.  

Having been inspired to pursue law by his experience at CLI, David entered law school with a passion for working with clients, promoting access to justice, and advancing the rights of vulnerable populations. In pursuit of these values, David became involved with the David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights, where he joined the Police Oversight Student Working Group, which involved delivering public legal education about police complaints in Ontario and advocating for law reform to increase independent civilian oversight of federal law enforcement. David went on to work for the Asper Centre as a summer research assistant and co-led the Police Oversight Working Group in his second year. David also worked as an externship student with the Law Reform department at the Canadian Centre for Housing Rights (CCHR), where he gained valuable experience in strategic litigation and legal research.  

David looks forward to continuing to explore his interest in promoting access to justice through collective action while at Cavalluzzo and is grateful for the opportunity to live and work in Tkaronto, Treaty Territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit and traditional territory of the Anishinaabe, the Wendat, and the Haudenosaunee. 

Samuel Tyler

Samuel has completed his second year of law school at the Lincoln Alexander School of Law (“LASL”). Before attending LASL, he was a member of Gig Workers United and actively participated in CUPW’s union-organizing activities. He served as a witness in the case FOODORA INC. DBA FOODORA, which was represented by Cavalluzzo and certified the first bargaining unit of gig-economy workers in North America.

During law school, Samuel volunteered with Kensington-Bellwoods Community Legal Services as part of the Tenant Advocacy Group and has participated in various mooting and negotiation competitions. Samuel’s upcoming professional placement in Fall 2023 will be at the Ontario Court of Justice in Toronto. Samuel has also recently volunteered with several grassroots organizations, including PARC and the Encampment Support Network. He has an interest in technology and has developed skills in Python, JavaScript, and AI implementation during law school.

Samuel completed his undergraduate studies in economics at Trent University.