"Features" post category.

Justice Beyond Borders

On September 22, 2022, the Faculty of Law celebrated Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella (BA 1967 UC, LLB 1970, Hon LLD 1990) and her trailblazing legal career. 

Watch the discussion moderated by Professor Stephen Toope, President & CEO of CIFAR and former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, with international court justices: 


Charter a path

Nexus/Fall 2022
By Paul Fraumeni

Elise Burgert likes to learn by doing.  

While working toward a combined BBA in business and environment at Simon Fraser University, she began to wonder about the legal tools that could be used to promote more sustainable business practices. “I realized I needed to learn how the law worked and what lawyers can actually do."


The family unit

Nexus/Spring 2022
by Michael McKiernan

Six years on from her law school graduation, Faria Soutter (JD 2016) feels like she has never really left the Downtown Legal Services (DLS) family division.

The family lawyer, who practises with Toronto firm Beaton Burke Young LLP, is transported back to the Fasken Building at 655 Spadina Ave. every time she starts a family case in court on behalf of a client.


Advocating for workers’ rights

Nexus/Spring 2022
by Paul Fraumeni

When Sukhmani Virdi (JD 2020) was a student in the Employment Law program at the Faculty of Law’s Downtown Legal Services (DLS), she learned a lot. But there was one lesson that really struck home.

A DLS client disclosed to Virdi that she was a survivor of sexual violence. She had filed charges and participated in the legal proceedings against the accused. When he was found not guilty, the woman told Virdi she had felt the legal system had not supported her. She felt extremely let down.