Before starting her legal education at McGill University, Rachel completed a Masters in Public Health at Memorial University, where she honed her interest in sexual and reproductive health care in remote, rural and northern communities. During law school, Rachel has held placements with organizations such as the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, the Istanbul Regional Hub of the United Nations Development Program and the World Anti-Doping Agency. Currently, she is doing work for the Center for Reproductive Rights in New York City. This summer, she is also working on how to expand knowledge of alternative legal careers at the Faculty through her involvement in the student group, DALA, as well as finalize her research on healthy housing and environment in Nunatsiavut through the Institute for Health and Social Policy.
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.
Romita will be starting her third year at McGill Faculty of Law this September. She previously completed a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Bachelor of Social Work at McMaster University where her focus was 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 is currently a legal intern at the Canadian Centre for International Justice in Ottawa. For two years, she participated as an executive for the women’s law journal: Contours, was the VP-External of the McGill Law Students Association, and the Co-President of the Women of Colour Collective of McGill Law. Outside of her advocacy work, Romita has worked for the legal clinics: Centre for Research Action on Race Relations and the Legal Information Clinic at McGill. Her interests lie in international and constitutional law, intellectual property, business, and human rights. In her spare time, Romita loves to cook, dance, travel, and collect plants.
Karine Bédard is entering her third year as a 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 in 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 several years, which fostered her interest in legal advocacy. She has since 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 journal, and volunteering at the Legal Information Clinic at McGill as a legal information intern and junior advocate. She will be joining the McGill Law Journal team in the coming year and working on #LawNeedsFeminismBecause.
Jo is a Vanier Scholar and PhD Candidate at McGill University under the supervision of Professor Evan Fox-Decent. Her research focuses on understanding the administrative state through the lens of trusts and fiduciary law.
She completed her undergraduate degree in Law at Oxford University and then her LLM at Cambridge University, the town in which she grew up.
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, writing poetry, karaoke, moaning about Brexit and is attempting to learn Hebrew.