These are the folks at McGill Law who have been involved in growing LNFB.
RACHEL KOHUT | lead
A third year law student at McGill, Rachel previously completed a Masters in Public Health at Memorial University, where she honed her interest in sexual and reproductive health care in remote and rural communities. While in law school, Rachel has held placements with organizations such as the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, UNDP (Istanbul Regional Hub) and the World Anti-Doping Agency.
When not working on LNFB, Rachel also leads DALA, a student group that explores alternative legal careers. She is looking forward to squeezing in some beach time awhile on exchange at the University of Melbourne this fall, and hopes to score a position working in global sexual and reproductive health law and policy when she graduates.
rachel.kohut [at] mail.mcgill.ca
ROMITA SUR | co-lead, professional committee
A second year law student at McGill, Romita previously completed a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Bachelor of Social Work at McMaster University where her focus has been on international relations, violence against women and children, and rights of the marginalized. While in law school, Romita has been a research assistant for Professor Colleen Sheppard where she worked on the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal case around Aboriginal Child Welfare. She has also worked at the legal clinic: Centre for Research Action on Race Relations. Outside of her role with LNFB, Romita is the Co-President of the Women of Colour Collective and the VP-External of the McGill Law Students Association. She also volunteers at the Legal Information Clinic at McGill. Her interests lie in empowerment of women and minorities, constitutional law, business and human rights. In her spare time, Romita loves to cook, dance, travel, and collect plants.
romita.sur [at] mail.mcgill.ca
KARINE BEDARD | co-lead, professional committee
Karine Bédard is a second year law student at McGill University. She graduated in 2013 from Concordia University with a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology & Sociology and a minor in Inter-Disciplinary Studies in Sexuality.
During these studies she grew an interest for advocacy in disadvantaged communities; two of her papers have been published on related topics. After acquiring her Bachelor’s degree, she worked at an immigration law firm for three years, which fostered her interest in legal advocacy.
She has been involved since in community-centred work by volunteering at an LGBTQ legal information clinic with Pro Bono Students Canada, spending her summer working for the Mile End Legal Clinic, contributing as a head editor for Contours: Voices of Women in Law Journal, and volunteering at the Legal Information Clinic at McGill. She looks forward to working for projects that further access to justice and social advocacy.
joanne murray | lead, forum logistics
Jo is a PhD Candidate, and the only graduate student in the McGill LNFB team. She is leading the charge on organizing logistics for the day-long forum. Her thesis topic compares the notion of the “irreducible core” in trusts and administrative law under the supervision of Professor Evan Fox-Decent. She completed her undergraduate and masters degrees in England, where she is from. Whilst at McGill, Jo was a research assistant for Professor Angela Campbell, working on the prevalence of sexual assault and policy solutions in universities.
Outside of LNFB, Jo enjoys acting, karaoke, moaning about Brexit and has just begun Hebrew classes.
joanne.murray [at] mail.mcgill.ca
Brianne Taylor | co-lead, translation
Brianne is a first year law student at McGill who previously completed a Bachelor of Arts in French and Spanish, where she focused specifically on translation between French and English and community-service oriented learning.
clara champagne | co-lead, translation
Clara, who was born and raised in Montreal, is currently in her first year at the McGill Law Faculty. Before studying law, she completed a DEC in International Studies with a particular interest in political science, anthropology and psychology. Clara loves cinema and was the co-producer of an independent short film. She is also an avid boxer.
aliah el-houni | connector
Aliah is a third year law student, born and raised in Toronto before moving to Montreal to study at McGill. She has a long history of commitment to women’s issues, and has engaged with multiple perspectives and identities in her research, organizing and community work. She also works in communication and publishing as the editor of an independent magazine called Peeps, which shares the research of social scientists with a popular audience. Storytelling and counter-narratives are her passion, and she looks forward to devoting her career to sharing alternative perspectives and defending vulnerable peoples.
ana lucia lobos | fundraising support
Ana Lucia is a first-year law student at McGill with a background in Anthropology, French and Spanish. In 2013, she lived in Ukraine while working in community development. Prior to starting at McGill, she worked for two years in Fund Development for YMCA Calgary’s Capital Campaign.
ana.lobos [at] mail.mcgill.ca
sara gold | lead, mcgill liaison committee
Sara is a first year law student at McGill University and previously completed a Bachelor of Arts in International Development Studies and Women’s Studies. She is passionate about reproductive health rights, global health, diversity in the workplace and in politics, and in working towards preventing gender-based violence, both domestically and internationally.
While in law school and while working on LNFB, Sara works for both the Canadian public service and for an organization that promotes open-source collaboration for making essential medicines more accessible to all. Sara has lived and worked both in Canada and in Argentina and in her spare time, loves to read, watch movies, hike, cross-country ski, cook and especially eat!
sara.gold [at] mail.mcgill.ca
eva van-blokland | social media guru
A first year law student, Eva previously completed a DEC in Social Science and Math, with a particular interest in political science and psychology. Her interests lie in women's rights and empowerment.
eva.vanblokland [at] mail.mcgill.ca