Congratulations to University of Ottawa Common Law alumnus Thomas E. Ullyett, LLB ’85, who has received the 2021 Canadian Bar Association (CBA)’s Louis Saint-Laurent Award of Excellence! This is the CBA’s highest award, presented in recognition of a lifetime of outstanding service and professional achievement for the benefit of the legal profession. This honour acknowledges the breadth and scope of Ulyett’s achievements and contributions.
The Honourable Doug Downey, Attorney General of Ontario, announced the appointment of Alex Ilchenko, LLB ’91, to the Superior Court of Justice, Toronto Region, effective August 12, 2021. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 1993.
A team of three Common Law JD candidates for 2022, Ayushi Dave, Ritesh Kotak, and Ryan Mosoff, has won the Harley Finkelstein Entrepreneurship Challenge! The competition, endowed by Harley Finkelstein, joint J.D. & MBA, ‘09 and President of Shopify, was designed to develop the entrepreneurial mindset that is critical to leadership, helping students to become better leaders, lawyers, and entrepreneurs.
Caryma Sa’d, JD ‘15, is a Toronto-based lawyer and entrepreneur whose practice focuses primarily on housing, cannabis, and criminal law. She is also very outspoken about what matters to her, such as issues relating to politics, access to justice, poverty, racism, and the legal profession.
For the first time in the history of the Ontario Bar Association (OBA), a woman president, Charlene D. Theodore, passed the baton to another woman. The responsibility was given to Karen Perron, LLB ’03, this September.
Sarah Alasaly, was born in Ottawa and grew up in Vancouver, B.C. After starting her career in the health sector as a registered nurse, she chose to come back to Ottawa to do her JD. She obtained her degree in 2017 and was called to the Ontario Bar in 2017. She was subsequently called to the B.C. Bar in 2018.
We recently had the opportunity to interview this female entrepreneur to learn about what motivated her to start an independent family law firm, Alasaly Law Group, during a pandemic and quickly grow it to a four-person team in Victoria, BC.
We are thrilled to announce the appointment of Professor Signa Daum Shanks as an Associate Professor on July 1, 2021. Julie Ada, Hassan Ahmad and Brandon D. Stewart will also join our Faculty, as Replacement Professors for two-year terms.