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.


Kevin Batsinduka

Kevin is completing his final year in the B.C.L./J.D. program at McGill University. Prior to law school, he received a Master of Arts in Philosophy from Queen’s University and a Bachelor of Arts in English and Philosophy from the University of Ottawa.

Kevin’s interest in legal advocacy was sparked while he worked for a large grocery chain during high school, when he noticed how his senior colleagues were deeply engaged by talks of striking for better pay. Kevin became involved in workers’ rights and never looked back. From thereon he took this concern for social justice to the classroom by specializing in political philosophy in his undergraduate and graduate studies. As a policy worker at Transport Canada, he also had the privilege of making a concrete impact on workers’ rights, working on amendments to the Railway Safety Act concerning chronic fatigue in railway workers.

While at law school Kevin has served as an editor for the McGill Journal of Sustainable Development Law, a caseworker at McGill’s chapter of the Innocence Project, and a labour relations assistant for AMUSE (a union representing casual employees at McGill). His time at AMUSE was especially valuable, exposing him to the ins-and-outs of workplace justice in a unionized context.

Kevin is keenly interested in any matter concerning labour law, but he is particularly passionate about collective agreement negotiation processes (processes he became familiar with when his last workplace unionized and created its first collective agreement!).

Beatrice Henshaw

Beatrice is a JD student entering her third year at Osgoode Hall Law School. She also holds a Master of Arts in Political Science from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia.

Before coming to law school, Beatrice worked in the skilled trades as a sealant specialist in her hometown of Vancouver, BC. Through this work experience, Beatrice witnessed the importance of broad workplace protections for health and safety; protection from discrimination; and the importance of basic employment standards for vulnerable workers. This experience instilled in her a desire to dedicate her career to protecting and enhancing workers’ rights.

While pursuing her Master’s degree, Beatrice explored the strength of provincial legal protections available to migrant farm workers in the Agricultural Stream of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program in Ontario and BC. Through this research, she identified gaps in the law that enhance precarity within the industry and centered migrant workers as active agents of such advocacy and reform.

While at Osgoode, Beatrice worked as a caseworker in the Workers’ Rights Division at Parkdale Community Legal Services (“PCLS”) where she advocated alongside workers with employment and human rights claims against their employer. She also currently serves as a board member on the PCLS Board of Directors. Beatrice also served as a committee member on Osgoode’s Clinical Education Committee, advocating on behalf of students and working towards the continued excellence of Osgoode’s clinical education programs. She was also a representative of the Osgoode Hall Labour and Employment Law Society.

Avery Holmes

Avery is entering her third year of the JD program at Western University, Faculty of Law. Prior to law school, Avery earned her Master of Arts in Human Kinetics from the University of Ottawa. During her Master’s, Avery worked as a part of a research team investigating sport for reconciliation initiatives, or the use of sport as a means to promote reconciliation between Indigenous and settler peoples, across Canada, Australia, and Aotearoa. Specifically, her research focused on the ways in which lacrosse organizations in Canada have taken up the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Call’s to Action and the ways in which these efforts are gendered. Avery also completed her Bachelor of Arts in Gender Studies at Queen’s University. This background informs Avery’s commitment to equity and social justice.

Avery developed a passion for advocacy through her involvement in sport. As a former lacrosse player, coach, referee, and administrator, Avery has been an advocate for women, girls, and trans athletes in lacrosse, creating safe sporting spaces, and the importance of reconciliatory efforts within lacrosse. This passion for advocacy continued through her experiences advocating for the needs of students while on the executive of the University of Ottawa Human Kinetics Graduate Students Association. She continued this advocacy at Western Law as a 2L representative on the Student Legal Society. Avery has competed in a number of oral advocacy competitions, including the National Labour Arbitration Competition.

In her free time Avery enjoys exploring Toronto and getting to know the city, golfing, and hanging out with her two dogs, George and Izzie.

Hina Rani

Hina is completing her final year of the combined B.C.L./J.D. program at McGill University. She also holds an undergraduate degree from the interdisciplinary Arts & Science program at McMaster University. 

During her undergraduate studies, Hina explored a broad variety of research interests, from her work for the MacPherson Institute on equity in post-secondary education, to her research with Drs. Tony Porter and Netina Tan on the intersections between big data and civil liberties. In law school, Hina has similarly taken advantage of the opportunity to learn about the diverse legal traditions that thrive in Canada. In addition to studying the civil and common law, Hina has participated in the Anishinaabe Law Field Course, where she learned about Anishinaabe legal orders from Indigenous elders and knowledge-keepers. She was also a research assistant to Professor Aaron Mills, contributing to his work on Indigenous law and legal theory.

Hina is passionate about using her skills and education in service of her community. At McGill, she is the co-ordinator of the Montreal Workers’ Rights Legal Clinic, a student-run organization that aims to educate working people about their rights and recourses in the workplace. Before starting law school, Hina worked at the Social Planning and Research Council of Hamilton in the Financial Empowerment Program, where she helped run services such as free tax filing clinics for low-income folks and workshops about scam and fraud prevention for senior citizens. At Cavalluzzo, Hina hopes to lay the foundations for a legal career that promotes human rights and access to justice.