Co-President: Ida Mahmoudi, 2L
Ida is a 2L student in the Common Law program and pursuing an Option in Law & Technology. She pursued her undergraduate degree in Political Science, Communications Students, and World Islamic & Middle East Studies at McGill University. At the Faculty, she has worked with civil society organizations and our Faculty professors to participate in a roundtable regarding women’s e-safety, will spearhead an annual Self-Defence series, and hopes to continue highlighting the intellectual and cultural diversity of our Faculty by institutionalizing our annual Diversity Night. She has been awarded the Scarlet Key Award from McGill University to recognize her dedication to extracurricular leadership and has served as Special Ambassador to both former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the current Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada. When she isn’t napping, she is facetiming her long-distance partner, watching footy, and listening to J Cole.
Co-President: Ashley Seely, 2L
Ashley is a 2L in the English Common Law program. Originally from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, she has called a half dozen places ‘home’, including Rotterdam, Netherlands and, most recently, Toronto. She studied psychology in her undergrad and developed a strong interest in the psychology and sociology of law — particularly therapeutic jurisprudence. During her undergraduate studies she was a student advocate as a councilor with the Students’ Union. As a law student, she continues to advocate for students with a focus on creating practical resources and events to improve student experiences. She also represents student interests as a section member of the OBA. Ashley’s passion for the law is rivalled only by her passion for food. She cooks competitively, and has competed in the World Food Championships, but most enjoys using her spare time to cook for her friends.
VP Internal: Maja Petrovic, 2L
Maja is a 2L student in the English Common Law Program, with an undergraduate background in Political Science, Criminology, Socio-legal Studies from the University of Toronto. She is super excited to be representing and promoting the needs and interests of women in the legal profession for a second time around through the various initiatives UOAWL has planned for this upcoming year! In addition to supporting the UOAWL exec, you can find her promoting the newly-founded uOttawa First-Generation Network or facilitating legal education workshops and Mock Trials for students at various Ottawa elementary and high schools. Most recently, her work on the Sociology of Social Movements (touching on women employed in third-world sweatshops) was published in the University of Toronto Sociology and Criminology Undergraduate Review, for which she was awarded the Academic Journal Scholarship for the best overall article submission.
VP Operations: Jessica Chung, 2L
Jessica is a 2L in the English Common Law Program. Born and raised in Vancouver, she recently graduated from UBC with a BA in Psychology. Last year, Jessica volunteered as a workshop facilitator with LEAF and delivered presentations on workplace equality for high school students. As a firm believer in the empowerment of women, Jessica is excited to return to UOAWL and assist with the many events that highlight women’s achievements in the legal profession. In her spare time, Jessica enjoys baking matcha lava cakes, kickboxing, and food photography.
VP Finance: Kate Cornish, 1L
Kate is a first year student in the English Common Law program. Born in Ajax, Ontario, she has a degree in International Development from Ottawa U and a Masters in Conflict, Security and Development from King’s College London in the UK. Prior to studying law, she worked for several years with Global Affairs Canada and returned to Canada in 2017 following a three-year posting at the Canadian High Commission in Mozambique. Kate is also a supporter of women in sport and currently coaches the GeeGees synchronized swimming team.
VP Sponsorship: Emily Sheard, 2L
Emily is a second-year law student in the Common Law program. She obtained her Bachelor of Commerce Honours from the University of Manitoba, double majoring in International Business in Marketing. Emily is passionate about equality, particularly equal compensation, and access to justice issues. She was selected to participate in the Refugee Sponsorship Support Program this term and is very excited to help refugees with their sponsorship files. Emily loves to travel often to discover new cultures. She has been on three volunteer trips to Ecuador, India, and Kenya, and spent six months in Rouen, France in her undergrad to study business. She is very excited to be UOAWL’s VP Sponsorship, using her previous sponsorship and marketing skills to secure funding for the group.
VP Events: Melissa Yang, 2L
Melissa is a 2L in the English Common Law program. She completed her Bachelors of Commerce at the University of Toronto. Raised in Toronto, this is her first time away from home. Melissa is heavily interested in promoting gender equality and how the law aims to help female empowerment. She is involved with different social justice groups like LEAF and helped with the Human Rights Clinic last year. In her spare time, Melissa enjoys reading and cooking.
Multimedia Director: Victoria Kayal, 2L
Victoria is a 2L in the English Common Law Program, intending to complete an Option in Social Justice. She completed her undergraduate degree at Dalhousie University in Environmental Sustainability and International Development. Victoria is involved with various equity-seeking groups within the Faculty including OutLaw, The Social Justice Caucus and UOWAL. She is also co-producing the Law School Musical for the 2017/18 year. In her (limited) spare time, she enjoys traveling, reading and knitting misshapen hats for her friends.
Managing Editor of UOAWL Blog: Angela Livingstone, 2L
Angela is a 2L in the English Common Law program. While many areas of law fascinate her, Angela is particularly interested in examining the intersections between family and administrative law through a critical ethics of care lens. She is an unapologetic feminist, committed to revealing the lived experiences of women who interact with the legal profession, and the barriers these women face. Angela was a stay-at-home mum for six years prior to starting law school, three of which were spent as a “trailing spouse” in Herzliya, Israel. She now lives happily in Ottawa with her husband, A., and two kids, Budsie and Pixie.