Leslie became Executive Director of the Mile End Legal Clinic in November 2015. In her capacity as Director, Leslie manages the legal services offered by the Clinic, acts as a lawyer within the mandate of the Clinic’s mission, and is responsible for the recruitment and oversight of law students completing internships at the Clinic. Moreover, she recruits and maintains close ties with volunteer lawyers who practice in various areas of law. She is responsible for the finances of the Clinic and plays a key role in developing initiatives and projects related to access to justice, in addition to acting as a spokesperson for the organization at various events. She also manages the Tyndale Clinic service point, located at the Tyndale St-Georges Community Center.
A graduate of McGill University’s Faculty of Law in both civil and common law, Leslie was admitted to the Quebec Bar in 2015 after completing her articles at a national law firm. During her studies, she was involved with non-profit organizations such as Project Genesis and Just Solutions, a legal clinicthat provides services in immigration and refugee law, and held the position of National Coordinator with Pro Bono Students Canada (PBSC). She also holds a Bachelor in International Relations and International Law from the Université du Québec à Montréal, where she was involved with the International Clinic for the Defense of Human Rights (CIDDHU in its French acronym).
Anne is a graduate of Laval University’s faculty of Law, and was admitted to the Quebec Bar in 2014, after completing her articling at a well-established workers union. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts from Concordia University in Community, Public Affairs and Policy Studies, and a minor in Human Relations. In 2009, she also obtained a Certificate in social work law. She started her own practice in 2014, concentrating her efforts in youth law. She became a member of the Association of Youth Lawyers of Montreal in September 2016, and was regularly appointed as a child’s attorney at the Court of Québec, Youth Division between 2015 and 2017. Throughout her studies, Anne was involved with non-profit organisations including the League of Rights and Freedoms, Inform’elle, the UQAM Legal Clinic, and Alternatives. In 2011, she interned on a project of international cooperation in Ecuador, producing documentaries with vulnerable youth about women’s rights.
As Anne has worked in several community organisations with vulnerable populations, she is looking forward to continue her work with the communities the Clinic serves.
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Geeta has been a member of the Quebec Bar since 2002. After practicing aboriginal and public law at a Montréal law firm, she began her own practice in 2008, focusing on civil litigation, tenancy law and constitutional issues. In 2009, the Young Bar Association of Montréal named Geeta the “Leader de demain” in the Pro-Bono / Social Involvement category. In 2011, Pro Bono Quebec awarded her the Saint-Yves Medal in recognition of her contribution to pro bono legal practice.
At the Mile End Legal Clinic’s 10th annual 5 à 7 on September 18, 2012, Geeta was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal by Mr. Graham Carpenter, representing Outremont MP the Hon. Thomas Mulcair. This medal highlighted Geeta’s great contribution to the community and to advancing the provision of free legal services for people with low income.
Aisha has been a member of the Quebec Bar since 2004. She holds a Master’s in International Studies from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva and a B.C.L/LL.B. from McGill Law. After articling at the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation in Rome, Aisha worked at Éducaloi as a Project Coordinator. She has also interned with AMERA (Africa and Middle East Refugee Assitance) in Cairo. Aisha acted as the Assistant Dean, Student Life & Learning at the McGill Faculty of Law. Most recently, she obtained the position of Director of Administration of the Office of the President and Vice-Chancellor at Concordia University.
Member of the Bar of Québec since 2012, Caroline is currently Legal Counsel at Legal Affairs, Business Regulation at the National Bank of Canada. Her practice centres principally on securities and governance. She completed the Director of Tomorrow Program of the Institute for Governance of Private and Public Organizations (IGOPP) and regularly publishes articles on current issues of regulation. Caroline is also a member of the “In House Counsel” committee of the Bar of Montréal. Before completing her bachelor of laws degree, she completed a bachelor’s degree in International Law and International Relations at the Université du Québec à Montréal and was involved with the International Clinic for the Defense of Human Rights based at the university (CIDDHU, from its French acronymn).
Allen has been a member of the Quebec Bar since 2002. He currently practices in the field of internet law, having received his Master of Laws degree in 2010 with that specialization and having spent five years as vice-president of an internet company. He previously practiced in litigation and immigration law and acquired extensive business experience after receiving his MBA.
Manager in the field of healthcare for over 6 years, Valérie is currently Assistant Director of Access and Care Trajectories at CIUSSS Nord de l’ile. She has completed a bachelor’s degree in social sciences from Laval University and is an occupational therapist.
Qualifying herself as a lawyer-manager and social entrepreneur, Michèle has worked in the field of access to justice for a decade. She was the founding Director of Pro Bono Québec and the Centre de justice de proximité du Grand Montréal, as well as the Executive Director of the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice and the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.
Michèle joined Éducaloi as a Special Projects Officer in December 2017. She brings her extensive experience to the organization through a variety of mandates such as fundraising, human resources and events.
Boasting an impressive professional network, Michèle is known for her strong interest in collaboration, her passion for innovation and creativity, her recognized leadership, her keen political sense and her problem-solving skills.
A member of the Quebec Bar since 1990, Michèle practiced law in private practice and as a corporate counsel, gaining solid experience in labor relations, which led her to teach law in this area at the École du Barreau.
Since the beginning of her practice, Michèle has been actively involved with various legal organizations including the Young Bar of Montreal, the Barreau du Québec and the Mile End Legal Clinic. She served as President of the Quebec Division of the Canadian Bar Association. In 2011, she received a Merit for her outstanding contribution to the Bar of Montreal.
Partner and trade-mark agent at Fasken Martineau, a national law firm, Marek focuses his practice on intellectual property litigation and protection. He provides strategic and timely advice to clients including multinational corporations, broadcasters, on-line music distributors and other on-line content users. Marek has successfully handled litigation involving patent, copyright, trade-mark, trade dress and trade secrets; and unfair competition before the Québec courts, the Federal Court of Canada at the trial and appellate levels, and before the Supreme Court, as well as before various administrative tribunals including the Copyright Board.
Olga s’est jointe à IMK en 2017, après avoir travaillé en tant qu’auxiliaire juridique auprès de l’honorable Clément Gascon à la Cour suprême du Canada. Au cours de ses études en droit, elle a agi comme rédactrice en chef de la Revue de droit de McGill, elle a représenté des étudiants accusés d’infractions académiques et disciplinaires dans le cadre du programme de Représentation étudiante et elle a travaillé chez IMK comme étudiante d’été.
Olga développe une pratique générale en litige, avec un intérêt particulier en droit constitutionnel et droit administratif, ainsi qu’en droit international privé. Elle représente des clients dans une variété de dossiers traitant de matières tant privées que publiques.
Student Interns 2017-2018
Alexandre B. Romano