Meet our phenomenal team.
Co-President: Jasmine Law, 2L
Jasmine Law is a 2L student in English Common Law. She graduated from Carleton University’s Bachelor of Journalism program with high distinction and received the Raven’s Award for Outstanding Commitment to the Carleton Community. She is passionate about women’s rights and equality and is dedicated to giving back to her community in as many ways as possible. Since starting law school, she has taken on different editor roles at the Ottawa Law Review, placed as a finalist for Best Factum in the first year Nelligan O’Brien Payne Moot, and is now a Dean’s Legal Research and Writing Fellow, among other things. Recently, she worked at the Canadian Civil Liberties Association researching current issues relating to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. When there are breaks from school, Jasmine likes to travel and has been to over 30 countries so far. She also hopes to make time for reading non-fiction, making art, and her latest hobby, running.
Co-President: Kate Bell, 2L
Kate is in her second year at UOttawa Law and is interested in pursuing studies related to women’s rights and access to justice issues. Kate has a degree in International Development and Political Science from the University of Guelph and as part of this spent 4 months in India, travelling and studying environmental and women’s rights issues within the Indian context. In her two years between undergrad and law school, Kate was the manager of a yoga studio in Toronto where the value of community and women supporting each other was further ingrained in her. When she’s not trying to stay on top of readings, Kate loves to cook, spend time with friends and family and practice yoga.
Co-VP Events: Kallisti Sipidias, 2L
Kallisti is a 2L in the English Common Law Program. Born and raised in Toronto, Kallisti graduated from the University of Toronto with an Honours BA in Political Science and Sociology. Kallisti’s genuine curiosity, quest for knowledge, and desire for developing a deeper understanding of the world, lead her to serve as the Director of Partnerships at TEDxUofT where she developed corporate partnerships and managed fundraising activities. As a believer in women’s equality, Kallisti is excited to work with UOAWL and collaborate with other like-minded organizations to influence public policy and highlight women’s achievements in the legal profession. Kallisti’s passion for law is rivalled only by her love for fitness, cooking, travelling, reading, and collecting antique jewellery.
Co-VP Events: Reema Bakshi, 2L
VP Sponsorship & Fundraising: Mona Campbell, 2L
Mona is a second-year student in the English Common Law program. Prior to starting law school Mona completed an honours degree in Legal Studies concentrated in Business Law at Carleton University and received a diploma in Media and Communications from Algonquin College. This past summer Mona worked with our Faculty to help professors learn how to use online technologies to deliver the same high quality of courses that they have always delivered. During her undergraduate studies, Mona worked simultaneously at Carleton University in various student leadership positions and at MDK Business Law Professional Corporation as an Undergraduate Law Student and Client Records Management Clerk, while also developing a small area of expertise in leadership. As an alumni of the Mindtrust Leadership Development Program and a current member of Mindtrust Inc.’s executive committee, Mona is passionate about leadership and instilling leadership in youth. Mona is also passionate about sports, particularly hockey. She has been learning how to play hockey and is looking forward to playing on an intramural team for the first time this Fall. As a Canadian who was born to Lebanese parents in Abu-Dhabi, Mona came to Canada as a 6-year-old in the year 2000 and has a diverse background that helps provide perspective and tie together all of her work, academic, and volunteer experiences.
VP Finance: Shahrzad Shab Afrouz, 3L
Shahrzad describes herself as a modern feminist with a passion in corporate governance. Being involved in the UOAWL gives her the opportunity to promote gender equality in the highest level of our society, which is the presence of woman as executives directors and as board members of public corporations. She believes that we need women to take action, to make decisions and to be role models to other women. We need to believe that equality isn’t just a dream, it’s a right and a reality. We are only equal if we believe that we are.
Web Editor-in-Chief: Allana Haist, 2L
Allana (she/her) is a social justice advocate with a diverse background combining non-profit work, entrepreneurship, and academia. She holds a Phd in Political Theory from Germany and a Master’s degree in Applied Ethics from Belgium. She stayed in Egypt throughout the Arab Spring where she loved her job as instructor at the American University in Cairo. Here in Ottawa she is on the Board of Directors of the Elizabeth Fry Society Ottawa, she also volunteers for OCISO and Ovarian Cancer Canada. Allana received a UOttawa technoship and summer research assistantship with Prof. Chidi Oguamanam on the OpenAIR team. This Fall she is thrilled to be an intern at the Senate of Canada with Senator Kim Pate. Allana aims to assist other women in having a voice and is ready to fight for their dignity. Her greatest accomplishment is having raised a courageous and strong-spirited daughter.
VP Operations: Taylor Bain, 2L
Taylor (she/her) is a 2L in the English Common Law program. She comes from Manitoulin Island, completing her undergraduate degree at Carleton University in Law, Policy and Government. Taylor has been a technoship and research assistant for Professor and feminist Jane Bailey, focusing on the role of tech-facilitated violence against women. She is looking forward to exploring more about how to enhance the position of women in the workforce.
VP Equity and Diversity: Ayushi Dave, 2L
Ayushi (she/her) is a 2L in the English Common Law program. As an Indian born and raised in Botswana, Southern Africa, diversity, women’s rights, and inclusion have always been close to her heart. She graduated from Carleton University with an Honours BA in Law and Legal studies. During her undergrad, Ayushi was the Vice-president of Scholars at Risk, an NGO that advocates for freedom of speech and the release of scholars prosecuted for their work. Her personal and professional experiences have led her to dive deeper into understanding the barriers women, BIPOC, LGBTQ+ and other marginalised communities continue to face. As a passionate advocator for women’s equality, Ayushi is thrilled to be a part of an organisation of like-minded people that aims to uplift womxn and dismantle systemic barriers and inequalities. When she gets a break from school, Ayushi loves to travel, paint, and be outdoors!
VP Communications: Renée Taillieu
Renée is a 2L student in the English Common Law program. Born and raised on Treaty 1 Territory (Winnipeg), she completed her undergrad at the University of Manitoba in Health Sciences with a minor in Biological Sciences. During her undergrad, she served as the Chair of the Community Health Students’ Association and completed an internship at the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy. Her interests mainly lie in the field of health law, policy and ethics. This past winter, she completed a Santéship and has continued working as a research assistant in the areas of organ donation and artificial intelligence in healthcare. Renée also serves as a mentor to first year students through the Allies in Law program. Outside of school, you can find Renée going on long walks with her golden retriever, playing intramural soccer or binging New Girl on Netflix.
LLM Rep: Jelena Holland
1L Rep: Janki Gupta
Janki is currently a 1L student in the English Common Law program. She received an Honours Bachelor of Social Sciences degree in Political Science, with a minor in Philosophy from the University of Ottawa. Janki has received the Class of 1979 JD Entrance Scholarship, the McDermott Family Scholarship, and many other awards. During undergrad, she served as President for the University of Ottawa Pre-Law Society and as a Writing Advisor for the University of Ottawa Academic Writing Help Centre.
Janki is looking forward to contributing to the UOAWL’s efforts in advocating for women’s interests and reducing barriers that inhibit their success in the legal profession.
1L Rep: Suzie De Luca
Suzie (she/her) is a student in the Common Law program at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law. She completed her B.A. Double Honours in Political Science and Philosophy from the University of Manitoba. She also holds a master’s degree in Political Science from the University of British Columbia, where her research focused on women’s rights and immigration. During her undergraduate studies, she was a member of the Provincial Council of Women of Manitoba and attended the 59th Commission on the Status of Women at the UN. Suzie is co-founder of the International Tamil Refugee Assistance Network, which assists Tamil refugees displaced by conflict. She is looking forward to working with UOAWL and empowering other women. In her spare time, she enjoys jogging, podcasts, and is a certified Zumba instructor.
1L Rep: Isabelle Santerre
Isabelle (she/her) is a 1L in the combined Political science and Juris Doctor program and is currently a member of the social committee and the presidential subcommittee of the AECLSS. She is passionate about intersectionality and achieving equality for all. She believes that the key to achieving equality is to empower other women which she hopes to do while being involved in the UOAWL. Isabelle seeks to one day own her own company and help other women achieve their dreams. In her free time, Isabelle enjoys dancing ballet, learning new languages, baking, travelling and spending time with her loved ones.
1L Rep: Aliyyah Jafri
Originally from Vancouver, BC, Aliyyah (she/her) is currently a 1L student at the University of Ottawa in the Common Law program. Prior to attending law school, Aliyyah completed a Bachelor of Arts at McGill University, specializing in International Development Studies and Political Science. At McGill, Aliyyah was the Co-President of the McGill Women in Leadership Students Association, one of the largest female organizations at McGill, committed to creating spaces for women on campus. Following her time at McGill, Aliyyah worked with a Community Based Victim Services Organization, specifically assisting survivors of domestic and sexual violence in navigating the legal system, a system which often works against them. As a result of these experiences, Aliyyah has seen first-hand the need for legal advocacy when it comes to female identifying individuals. It is her hope that alongside the UOAWL team, she will be able to assist in amplifying marginalized voices and promoting intersectionality on the uOttawa campus and beyond. In addition to working with UOAWL, Aliyyah is also an editor on the Ottawa Law Review. Aliyyah is extremely excited to be starting law school this year and is impassioned to be working alongside such a diverse group of women. Outside of law school you can find Aliyyah going for jog down the canal, reading and seeking out the best donuts Ottawa has to offer.
1L Rep: Chauntae De Gannes
Chauntae (she/her) is an ambitious and intelligent leader with experience both in government and the community. Chauntae graduated from Queen’s University’s Faculty of Arts & Science and received the Mark R. Wilson Award for outstanding commitment to the Queen’s community. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a minor in Global Development Studies. Chauntae’s passion for creating change led her to serve as an Executive Member of Queen’s Female Leadership in Politics and Queen’s Women in Leadership during her undergraduate career. Chauntae’s commitment to gender parity can also be highlighted in being selected to sit in the House of Commons as a Daughter of the Vote for Equal Voice Canada in the inaugural year of the initiative. During Chauntae’s summer before law school, she worked as a Policy & Programs Assistant for the Ontario Anti-Racism Directorate. Additionally, starting 1L Chauntae currently sits on the Common Law Student Society English Assembly. Chauntae brings unique insight and experience to the UOAWL team from her involvement in different spaces and communities. In her free time Chauntae likes to apply her creative talents cooking elaborate meals and spinning beats with her DJ skills.
1L Rep: Nancy Yan
Nancy (she/her) is a 1L in the English Common Law program. She graduated with distinction from the University of Waterloo in the Honours Legal Studies & Honours Arts and Business Co-op program. During her undergrad, Nancy worked at various co-op placements, including the legal office at the University of Waterloo and a marketing software company in downtown Toronto. She is passionate about women’s rights and has taken numerous courses throughout her undergrad, exploring topics such as marriage equality and the legislation on sexual assault. Nancy is excited for her new journey in law school and is eager to expand her knowledge of the law. Having been born and raised in Toronto, Nancy loves food and trying new restaurants; she is always open to recommendations! Outside of law school, Nancy enjoys reading books, cooking and baking, riding her bike, and watching sports.
1L Rep: Julia Chung
Julia (she/her) is a 1L in the English Common Law Program. She was born in South Korea and raised in Vancouver – on unceded Coash Salish territory. She has also lived in Lyon, France as an exchange student at Sciences Po Lyon. Having graduated from the University of Ottawa’s undergraduate program in Conflict Studies and Human Rights with the highest distinction, Julia recognizes the importance of activism and empowerment in the community. She has therefore been an active volunteer at the Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization, providing assistance in human resources, interpretation, and fundraising. During her free time, Julia enjoys walking her dog and reading. Currently, she is working on learning a new language – Mandarin. Julia is incredibly excited to work alongside other like-minded individuals of the UOAWL to help advance women’s rights.