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Submitted by amabel on Tue, 11/24/2015 - 3:12pm

Student Ambassadors - First year profiles

Submitted by amabel on Tue, 11/24/2015 - 2:54pm

Anna K

Anna is a first year law student at the University of Calgary and is originally from Vancouver Island. She completed her undergraduate degree in International Relations from Colgate University in New York. After graduation, Anna became a communications intern at the United Nations Development Programme in Nepal. Combining her love of writing and travel, Anna then worked in Cambodia as the Communications Coordinator at the Cambodian Children’s Trust.

Anna chose to attend UCalgary because of its small class sizes and the Calgary Curriculum. She wanted to live in Calgary specifically because of its great market for lawyers.

Outside the classroom, Anna enjoys hiking, riding horses and spending time with her dachshunds. 

Bassam S

Bassam S. is a 1L from Calgary, specifically the Northeast! Bassam’s undergraduate degree is in political science. At the University of Calgary, Bassam volunteers with SLA and was recently elected as the 1L rep. Outside of school, Bassam enjoys Olympic lifting, hiking, reading political literature, catching Pokemon and trying out all the food Calgary has to offer!

Emily L

Emily L. is a first year law student at the University of Calgary.  She grew up in small town Southern Alberta before moving to Edmonton to take a college office administration certificate program.  At completion, she spent a few years working in a law office in Edmonton assisting on Commercial Real Estate and Wills and Estate files.  Emily then took the opportunity to leave the traditional workforce to focus on parenthood.  During those “stay-at-home” years she volunteered with various youth programming through her children’s schools as well as within the community, ran a home daycare program, was super domestic, and then finally went back to school, achieving her Honours BA (English) at the University of Ottawa in 2015 before moving back across the country and applying to Law School.  

UCalgary for Law School was the best and obvious fit. Its selling features include its proximity to the beautiful mountains, the vibrancy of the city itself, and the faculty’s holistic admissions process.  UCalgary Law has a variety of interesting courses and plenty of opportunities to get the practical experience that firms want.  

Emily balances Law School with her life with her husband and the shenanigans of their three tween children and continues to volunteer in the community.

Emma M

Emma M. is a first year law student at the University of Calgary. She graduated in 2016 from the University of Victoria with a B.Sc. in Psychology (neuroscience concentration), but realized while working as a research assistant that scientific research was not for her. During her time at UVic, she found that biomedical ethics and health law were her favourite classes and thus began her interest in law.

Emma is now involved in Student Legal Assistance and the Environmental Law Society and is passionate about improving access to justice as well as learning more about environmental law. Emma is an avid hiker and loves being back in the Rocky Mountains, but misses surfing in Tofino. UCalgary Law’s excellent reputation, new curriculum, and focus on environmental law are what drew her to Calgary. The people she has met here are diverse and interesting, and she couldn’t be happier with her decision to attend UCalgary Law.

Jessica R

Jesse R. is a first year student at the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Law. A born and raised Calgarian, she completed three undergraduate degrees prior to starting law school. Her convoluted academic journey started at the University of Alberta where she completed a BSc in physics and mathematical sciences. She then went on to graduate with a BN and BA in social cultural anthropology from the University of Calgary. While completing her last degree she practiced as a RN at the Foothills Medical Centre in the areas of cardiac critical care and emergency medicine.

Jesse decided law school in Calgary seemed like the best fit when she learned of its promotion of experiential learning, unique Foundations in Law course and that she could continue to live close to the mountains. Her last profession left her feeling like she was limited in the extent, reach and mode of advocacy available to her. Law school seemed to offer a means of achieving these desires and new way of thinking about the world.

When she is not reading, Jesse loves to escape to the mountains with her wife and dog. She also enjoys trying new restaurants, using YouTube as a practical guide to harness life skills, and cage-diving with great white sharks.

Kelly T

Kelly T. is originally from Victoria BC. She completed her undergrad in International Development at McGill and is now a first year law student with the University of Calgary. She involves herself with Student Legal Assistance, Pro Bono Students of Canada, and the Environmental Law Society. When she's not studying, she's spending time outside riding her bike or hanging around 17th ave. She knows what it’s like to be new to the city and would love to help you get settled and familiar with Calgary and UofC.

Lyndon R

Lyndon Radchenka is a first-year law student at the University of Calgary. He graduated in 2015 from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in English and minoring in Theatre. Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and always a B to B+ student, Lyndon spent his free time working two jobs, and volunteering with Winnipeg’s Central Canada Comic Con, and acting in the Winnipeg Fringe Festival. Since coming to the University of Calgary, Lyndon has gotten involved with Student Legal Assistance, the student newspaper The Moot Times, and plays recreational volleyball and intramural soccer. Maybe when the Jets aren’t in town he’ll sport a Flames jersey... maybe.

Marleea L

Marleea is a first year student at the University of Calgary Faculty of Law. A native Calgarian, she moved to Victoria, BC after high school to complete the first two years of her undergraduate degree before returning to Alberta for the Bachelor of Social Work Program at the University of Calgary, Southern Alberta division. Marleea completed a practicum with Child and Family Services and worked primarily in the disability field, before pursuing a career in law. Marleea chose the University of Calgary because of its strong sense of community and innovative curriculum. She is currently involved in the UCalgary law community as a Student Legal Assistance (SLA) caseworker and volunteering with Pro Bono Students Canada (PBSC). Outside of school Marleea volunteers with the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Alberta as a wish granter and plays recreation soccer on a women's team. She also enjoys exploring new and different Calgary restaurants to contribute to a food blog she runs with her cousins.

Riley B

Riley B. is a first year law student at the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Law. A born and raised in Calgarian, he completed his undergrad at Mount Royal University in Communications, specializing in Public Relations. Riley grew up playing competitive hockey in Calgary playing in a variety of elite leagues. During his undergrad he played for the Jr.B High River Flyers and the Calgary Canucks.

Prior to law school, Riley worked for the Alberta Energy Regulator in Calgary as a media advisor and company spokesperson. It was working with the regulator and dealing with energy regulator and the Government of Alberta that drew him to applying for law school.

When not in the classroom Riley tries to spend as much of his free time on or near the mountains. He enjoys snowboarding, hiking, hunting, golf and any type of water sport.

Shannon G

Shannon is a first year law student at the University of Calgary. She completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology in Vancouver, where she was born and raised. Between classes, Shannon was a distress services worker at the Vancouver Crisis Centre and a research assistant at SFU’s sleep and circadian neuroscience laboratory. She also spent far too many years working for Cactus Club Cafe. 

Shannon decided to flee the Vancouver rain and housing market. She chose the University of Calgary for its high placement in the Calgary legal market, low tuition, and opportunities to volunteer at Student Legal Assistance. Shannon likes bike riding, wearing a onesie, and playing on the U of C law rugby team. Ask her about living in the graduate and professional faculties residence.

Stephanie P

Steph is in her first year studying law at the University of Calgary. Born and raised Calgarian, she stayed close to home for her undergrad, receiving her BComm degree from UCalgary in 2014. She is currently a caseworker with Student Legal Assistance, a member of the Environmental Law Society, and a proud survivor of the law rugby fall tournament.

Before entering law school, Steph worked as a commercial automobile underwriter for an insurance company. After a couple years, she decided the position was just as unexciting as it sounded, so she left her job the summer prior to law school to go backpacking around Central America and Asia instead. She now has a substantially depleted savings account, but no regrets.

When she manages to find some spare time, Steph’s interests include singing in a chamber choir, testing out new restaurants around Calgary, and hiking/skiing in the Rockies.

Thomas M

Thomas M is a 1L born and raised in Calgary, Alberta. He graduated in April 2016 from UCalgary with a BA Honours in Law and Society and a Minor in Economics. Currently Thomas is involved with SLA, PBSC and three intramural teams (dodgeball, soccer and squash). His favourite class thus far is Crime. Thomas’ interests outside of law include hiking, swimming and spending as much of his summer as possible in Kelowna, BC.

Student Ambassadors - Upper year profiles

Submitted by amabel on Thu, 02/12/2015 - 10:58am

Andrea M

Andrea M. is a second year law student at the University of Calgary. She graduated from the University of Guelph in 2013 with a double major in Political Science and Criminal Justice and Public Policy. After spending her entire life in southern Ontario, Andrea knew that she wanted to attend law school out of province, and the University of Calgary's holistic admissions process immediately appealed to her. She loves UCalgary Law’s close-knit and supportive student community and loves living in such a young and vibrant city.

Despite living a life devoid of contact sports, Andrea joined the Faculty of Law’s women’s rugby team and played with the team in a fall tournament in Vancouver against teams from UBC, TRU and U of A. She has also volunteered as a Student Legal Assistance Caseworker and as a member of the Pro Bono Students Canada Queen’s Bench Amicus project.

Outside of school, Andrea can be found indulging in the plethora of Wing Wednesday specials that Calgary has to offer and binge watching TV shows.

Between completing her Undergraduate Degree and coming to law school, Andrea took a year off to travel and work. She spent her summer months during her Undergrad lifeguarding and teaching swimming lessons, so it seemed fitting to spend her year off working as a supervisor at a water park overlooking Niagara Falls. Andrea has now swapped that view of the Falls for a view of the Rockies and could not be happier with her decision!

Brett C

Brett C. was born and raised in a small town in Manitoba and completed his degree in psychology at Carleton University in Ottawa. Prior to law school, Brett spent five years as a legislative assistant and policy advisor for various Members of Parliament and government ministries in Ottawa. Brett’s experiences in these roles led him to pursue a career in law.

Brett chose to attend the University of Calgary for several reasons. Due to the university’s holistic admissions approach, the students here come from diverse backgrounds and are extremely well rounded, friendly and approachable, making the law school experience fun and easy-going. In addition, the university has direct access to Calgary’s lucrative legal market, leading to a high rate of articling placements for students. Lastly, Brett values being able to hop in a car and go skiing or hiking in the Rockies within an hour.

Chris G

Chris G. grew up in Saskatoon, SK, where he studied Philosophy at the University of Saskatchewan. Prior to coming to law school, he spent most of his summers working in restaurants around Saskatoon both as a cook and a server. Chris came into law school wanting to apply the skills he learned in undergrad towards a fulfilling and meaningful career. Looking to grow his career in a bigger city but still within western Canada, Chris found that Calgary would be a perfect choice for law school. In his spare time, Chris enjoys cooking, golfing, listening to music, and enjoying the various restaurants and pubs Calgary has to offer.

Curtis W

A born and raised Calgarian, Curtis completed his undergraduate degree in Political Science at UCalgary in 2013. During his undergrad, Curtis volunteered and later worked for the student newspaper as the Sports Editor. He also went on two international exchanges in China and Austria. Upon graduation, Curtis worked at ATB Financial while continuing to hone his sports journalism craft online. Curtis loved Calgary enough to stick around for his law degree, but not before completing a six-month backpacking trip around the world before heading back to school.

Emily D

Emily D. is originally from Vancouver, BC, and graduated in 2014 from UBC majoring in Political Science. During her time at UBC, Emily was a member of the rowing team. Since beginning law school, she has been able to stay active through her participation on the law school’s intramural basketball and volleyball teams. Emily is also a member of UCalgary Law’s women’s rugby team and travelled with the team to Vancouver for a tournament with three other law schools. Before coming to law school, Emily spent a year working and traveling abroad and is now looking forward to the opportunities offered by the Faculty’s exchange program. Although she is now residing in “Flames Nation,” Emily remains a devoted Canucks fan!

Kayla D

Kayla D. is originally from Vancouver where she completed her undergraduate degree, majoring in English, at Simon Fraser University. Only a few months after completing BA, Kayla started her law school career at the University of Calgary, a school she chose for its intimate class sizes, collegial atmosphere, and progressive curriculum. Kayla’s decision to attend the University of Calgary has been fortified by the amazing, diverse people she has met here, and the city itself.

Lindsay K

Lindsay K. was homeschooled in grades 5 through 12 and then completed a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Calgary in 2014, majoring in History and minoring in both Religious Studies and Museum and Heritage Studies. During undergrad, Lindsay worked for a variety of employers: the Calgary Stampede, Marble Slab Creamery, Heritage Park, Student Accessibility Services, and the National Music Centre. After graduating, she spent a year working as a Sales Administrator for a condominium developer.

Meg H

Meg H. was born and raised in Calgary. She attended UBC Okanagan in Kelowna for her undergraduate degree where she received an honours degree in psychology. Originally thinking that she wanted to be a psychologist, Meg worked as a research assistant for a psychology professor during her undergraduate degree and volunteered at a crisis line. However, her interests changed and she realized that this path was not for her. Meg finished her degree in Kelowna in 2013 and then moved home to Calgary, where she was fortunate enough to get a job in the Membership Department at the Law Society of Alberta. There she learned the wide variety of opportunities that a law degree offers and she decided to apply for law school.

Meg felt extremely fortunate to have been accepted to the University of Calgary and so far has had a great experience. She used the Ambassador program to help make her choice to attend UCalgary Law, and is excited by the prospect of paying it forward and providing some guidance to future students.

Robert S

Robert S. graduated from McGill University in 2010 with a degree in Civil Engineering. He also holds an MBA from the University of Calgary. Prior to law school, Robert worked for a major oil and gas company in Calgary first as a Project Manager and then as a Reservoir Engineer. He also held summer positions as a field engineer on a high-rise construction project and as a corporate planning analyst. While working as an engineer, Robert had the opportunity to work with internal counsel and was intrigued by the challenging and rewarding career options associated with law. He was drawn to the law program at the University of Calgary because of their strong ties to the business community in the city and expertise in natural resources and energy.

Robert is actively involved in the Calgary community and volunteers for a number of organizations including the United Way and Junior Achievement. Outside of the classroom, Robert enjoys playing ice hockey, downhill skiing, and hiking.

Rose P-A

Rose P-A is originally from Kamloops, BC. Rose was a Rotary exchange student in Belgium for a year before attending the University of Victoria for her undergraduate studies. Rose finished her Honours Greek and Roman Studies and joint Major in Anthropology degree in 2015. While completing her degree Rose worked as a research assistant, a resident advisor, and a barista. Rose wanted to attend the University of Calgary for law school because of the faculty’s new curriculum, as well as the faculty’s focus on Aboriginal law, defamation law, and environmental law. While attending a conference on Energy and the Environment at the University two years ago, Rose had the opportunity to take a tour of the law school. This tour really helped Rose decide to come to the university, as it allowed her to get a feel for what life would be like as a law student at UCalgary. Calgary also offered a new adventure, and many exciting opportunities such as volunteering at Student Legal Assistance where students get to work on criminal, civil, and family cases. In other words, students get firsthand experience, and even get to go to court to represent their clients!

Sarah M

After completing her undergrad in International Relations with a strong focus in Economics, Sarah took a few years off to work before law school. During this time, Sarah worked at Legal Aid Alberta and Alberta Justice. Sarah chose UCalgary because of its strong connections to Calgary’s legal market and the representation of mature students admitted through its holistic admissions process. Sarah volunteers as a Caseworker for Student Legal Assistance and enjoys the opportunity it provides to her to represent clients. She is also the 2L Representative for UCalgary Law’s Society of Law Students. Sarah values the supportive nature and sense of community that UCalgary Law provides.

Outside of law school, Sarah is an avid outdoorswoman and enjoys the opportunities that Calgary provides to pursue an active lifestyle. In her spare time she volunteers with Scouts Canada and CLERC.

Tessa R

Tessa R. was born and raised in Vancouver. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of St Andrews in Scotland, majoring in International Relations, minoring in being tragic at golf and failing to acquire a taste for whisky. 

While she didn't manage to emerge from St Andrews with a stronger handicap, Tessa did return to Canada with a strong interest in the operation of the rule of law both internationally and domestically. From a young age, Tessa was always interested in foreign affairs. Today, this interest has translated into one in international law, in both public and private capacities.

After taking two years off to work and travel, Tessa chose to come to UCalgary because she was excited to try something new again, wanted to torture herself by experiencing real Canadian winters, and wanted to have a legitimate excuse to buy cowboy boots. She was also drawn to the program due to the positive comments she had heard from current and past students, all of whom spoke to the faculty’s sense of community, the positive atmosphere and integration with the legal community of Calgary. Outside of school, Tessa can be found skiing and losing football pools.

Vita D

Vita D. moved to Calgary from Vancouver to attend law school at the University of Calgary. She chose the University of Calgary for its innovative teaching methods and subjects, small and collegial classes, specialization in the field of oil and gas, and its access to the growing and developing energy markets.

Vita completed her Bachelor of Arts with a major in English in 2007. After that, she worked for several companies in the fields of tourism, translation and franchising. While working full time, Vita completed her business management certificate. Vita is now looking forward to enhancing her business background with the knowledge of law to better assist her future corporate clients. Vita is interested in the fields of energy, business, corporate, commercial and securities law.

In her spare time Vita enjoys hiking, jogging, yoga and shopping.