Graduating with the Juris Doctor law degree
How did you pick your major of study, and why did you choose the University of Windsor?
I began my undergrad at this university in 2004, with a honours degree in Criminology and Sociology. I had aspired to become a lawyer since high school and was lucky enough to gain entry directly out of my undergrad. I liked the idea of staying at a small University that was connected to its students and coming into law school with an access to justice theme was more ideal with my interest in Aboriginal rights.
What were your expectations of university? Has the University of Windsor met those expectations?
I had hoped being at a smaller community there would be a closer atmosphere in order to have a quality education- this was given here at the University. The professors are easy to approach, the resource staff is constantly willing to assist you. In most schools you do not get to know those who teach you which is unfortunate, and here you will gain a relationship with your mentors.
What would you say is the most important thing you have learned at university: about yourself, about other people, about your field of study, or about the world?
That networking is important, because the people you meet in school will become your colleagues (professors, other students) and you will rely on each other for support and growth within your career. You have the opportunity to learn from each other and you should take it. Law is a rewarding field to study because you not only learn about yourself (struggles, goals) but you learn about your community through volunteer and legal participation. You have the chance to make a difference through law.
What would you say has been the most memorable part of your UWindsor experience?
The people I have met — coming from a small town you don't get to experience diversity. Coming to Windsor I have had the chance to learn from a diverse group of people and enjoy their experience here at the University as well.
Please tell us why you are proud to be part of the University of Windsor’s graduating class of 2011.
Because I have never met a more devoted and hard working group of individuals as the class of 2011 law. I truly believe that they will be successful in their future thanks to the staff and professors here at the University and they will definitely make Windsor Law proud.
Did you have a course, professor or classmate who inspired you?
Course and Professor — Feminist Legal Theory with Professor Eansor: She is truly committed to women's rights and being a young female entering the legal profession, she is an inspiration within this field of study. She is a portrayal of a strong female committed to women's advancement in law. Prof. Tanovich — throughout my studies I have been interested in racial profiling, and he has been influential through starting LEAP, the Law Enforcement Accountability Project. I think his work will make a difference and definitely influence countless law enforcement agencies to change their policies towards policing in a diverse society.
What are your plans following graduation?
I will be articling at Shulgan Martini Marusic and hopefully from there continue my legal career in Windsor.