Our student ambassadors are here to help you get all the information you need to make an informed decision about applying to law school, or accepting an offer from us. Ambassadors are a group of diverse and engaged current students. They can provide you with honest impressions of law school, living in Vancouver, their educational experience, and why they chose the Allard School of Law. You can rely on them to be a great source of information and support during your transition to law school.
Meet Our 2021-22 Ambassadors
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Adrian Alden (he/him/his)
Vancouverite, sports fan, SFU Grad
Adrian grew up in South Vancouver. He completed his undergraduate degree at Simon Fraser University and majored in Criminology. He’s currently in his third year of law school.
In addition to carrying the Allard intramural soccer and volleyball teams on his back, Adrian was involved with the Law Students' Legal Advice Program, Pro Bono Students Canada, and the Allard Beavers Rugby Club during his first two years of law school.
In his spare time, Adrian enjoys hanging with his buddies along the Fraser River, going to Earls happy hour, working out, and playing and watching soccer (Tottenham Hotspur!!).
Pavin Bura (she/her/hers)
UBC Anthro Grad, SALSA Co-President, Former LSLAP’er
Pavin was born and raised in Surrey, BC. She completed her undergraduate studies at UBC, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree.
Currently, Pavin is entering her third year at the Peter A. Allard School of Law. Pavin has volunteered with the Law Students’ Legal Advice Program, where she conducted research and offered legal advice to low-income individuals in areas including Criminal, Immigration, and Refugee Law. She is also Co-President of the South Asian Law Students Association (SALSA) and an active member of the Legal Education Outreach (LEO) program at Allard Law. This summer Pavin will be working at a multi-practice law firm in Surrey, BC.
Outside of law school, Pavin looks forward to paddle boarding and exploring new restaurants in Vancouver. She is eager to engage with prospective students and offer insight into her law school experience!
Chelsea Colwill (she/her/hers)
Tax Law Enthusiast, Careers Committee Chair, Fern Admirer, UofT Alum, Coffee Fanatic
Chelsea Colwill is from Vancouver and attended the University of Toronto for her undergrad where she completed an undergraduate degree in History with minors in Asian Canadian Studies and Diaspora and Transnational Studies. After undergrad, she worked as a legal research analyst for a high tech start up in Toronto that makes AI tools for lawyers.
During law school Chelsea has participated in the UBC Law Review, the Allard Law and Business Society, Access Pro Bono, the Legal Buddy Program and the Careers Committee. She also partook in the Bowman Tax Moot and the Business Law Clinic. Chelsea worked as a research assistant for an Allard Law professor last summer and will be working at a downtown regional firm in her 2021 summer. She will be clerking at the Tax Court of Canada after law school.
Chelsea enjoys reading, cozy rainy days and vegan baked goods. She loves nature, her cat Boo and chatting with friends. She also loves talking to prospective and incoming students so please don’t hesitate to reach out!
Emma Gibson (she/her/hers)
Vancouverite, Law Students' Society Academic Director, Law Students Legal Advice Program Clinician, Women's Caucus member
Emma was born and raised in Vancouver, BC. She studied sociology at Queen’s University and the University of British Columbia before starting at Allard. During her degree, Emma also studied abroad for a semester in Edinburgh.
Emma is now a second year student at Allard. During her first year at Allard, she volunteered with Legal Education Outreach and co-organized the Dress for Success campaign through the Women’s Caucus. This summer, Emma is a for-credit student with the Law Students' Legal Advice Program, where she will be gaining hands-on experience working on legal cases. Emma is also an incoming Academic Director for the Law Students’ Society, which she is excited to get started on soon.
Outside of law school, Emma likes to cook but also enjoys her fair share of takeout. She loves running (slowly), jewelry making, and spending time around Vancouver’s hidden gems with her family and friends. Emma is excited to meet with prospective and incoming students to provide information and guidance regarding Allard, UBC, and Vancouver! Please do not hesitate to reach out to her.
Hannah Goodridge (she/her/hers)
Vancouverite, UBC English Lit Grad, Black Law Student’s Association Co-President, Gale Mooter
Hannah was born in Barbados and raised in Vancouver, BC. She completed her BA in English Literature at UBC and began her first year of law school the following fall.
During her first year, Hannah enjoyed volunteering with Legal Education Outreach and the Law Students’ Legal Advice Program. She also became involved with the Women’s Caucus, where she served as a Dress for Success Coordinator, and the Black Law Students’ Association (BLSA), where she filled the role of Vice President Internal, and helped coordinate Allard’s inaugural Black Pre-Law Conference. Hannah is looking forward to stepping into the position of BLSA Co-President in September.
Outside of law school Hannah loves to play volleyball, watch all sorts of television shows, eat sushi and walk her energetic Labrador. She is very excited to meet prospective law students and welcomes questions of any kind!
Julia Hutlet (she/her/hers)
Métis, Future Family Law Litigator, Golf Amateur
Julia was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba and is proudly Métis from the Red River Settlement. Julia grew up in a bilingual environment and is fluent in English and French. In 2016, she attended the University of Manitoba for her undergraduate studies, earning an Honours degree in Sociology with a minor in Political Studies in the spring of 2020. Julia moved to Vancouver during the summer of 2020, and is happy to discuss moving from another province, making friends after moving, and finding housing on campus (private housing and student residences).
As an incoming 2L Indigenous student, Julia is very familiar with Indigenous Legal Studies (ILS) events and the Indigenous Cultural Competency Certificate (ICCC) at Allard. This year Julia is an Indigenous Student Ambassador and would love to chat with prospective and admitted Indigenous students about Indigenous Legal Studies at Allard.
Julia is also very passionate about Family Law with a specific interest child custody agreements and marriage contracts. This summer she is working at a Family Law firm in Downtown Vancouver.
On her days off, she enjoys walks around the Vancouver Seawall, playing a round of golf with friends, swimming laps (because running is hard), and creating beaded earrings for her small Indigenous business.
Emma Jerrott (she/her/hers)
Proud Feminist, Nova Scotian, LSS Director of Clubs
Emma was raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She attended Dalhousie University where she completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Law, Justice and Society. Emma moved from Halifax to Vancouver in Summer 2020 and loves life on the West Coast!
In first year, Emma was involved in many clubs and volunteer activities including Law Students for Decriminalization and Harm Reduction, Women’s Caucus, Legal Education and Outreach and two LSLAP clinics! Emma is spending Summer 2021 working for Allard in the Career Services Office. In the 2021/2022 academic year Emma will be serving as the Director of Clubs for the UBC Law Students Society. Emma would love to chat with you about the many ways to get involved here at Allard!
Outside of law school Emma spends her time visiting Vancouver’s beautiful beaches, going on long walks around the city and thrift shopping! Emma is also an avid reader and is aiming to read 50 books this year.
Emma is very excited to meet prospective students- reach out with any questions you may have!
Holly Johnson (she/her/hers)
Vancouverite, Science Grad, Health Law Enthusiast, Access to Justice Advocate
Holly is a third-year law student who grew up on the North Shore of Vancouver. She graduated from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia with a BSc in Biology with a minor in Psychology. During her undergrad, Holly volunteered extensively with St. John’s Ambulance.
Before law school, she took a year off to work for UBC as a Residence Coordinator where she learned all the best spots on campus.
During her previous two years of law school, she has been involved with the Law Students’ Legal Advice Program and Legal Education Outreach. Holly’s main area of interest is in Health Law. Outside of law school, Holly likes to spend time with friends and family, snowboard, travel and cook. Looking forward, Holly is excited to participate in Allard Law’s exchange program and to share more about Allard, UBC campus and Vancouver with prospective and incoming students.
Suzie Kimball (she/her/hers)
Outdoor Enthusiast, Indigenous Law Student, UBC Kinesiology Grad
Suzie (she/her) was born and raised in Thunder Bay, Ontario, and is a member of the Ojibwe community of Fort William First Nation. Before attending law school, she graduated from UBC in 2017 with a Bachelor of Kinesiology. During her undergrad, she volunteered with the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB).
Throughout her first year, she volunteered with the Law Students’ Legal Advice Program, the Indigenous Law Students’ Association, and the Allard Law Women’s Caucus. Next year, Suzie will be President of the Health Law and Justice Club, and she will hold the position of Director of Diversity and Inclusion for the Allard Law Women’s Caucus. This Summer, Suzie is an Orientation Coordinator at Allard Law for the Class of 2024 and is looking forward to welcoming the incoming students.
Suzie enjoys hiking the North Shore mountains in her spare time and walking with her rescue dog, Joanne. Please feel free to reach out to her with any questions.
Taylor Lanthier (she/her/hers)
Proud Métis Woman, Animal Lover, Future Litigator, Kawaskimhon Mooter, and Feminist
Taylor grew up in Surrey, BC and is of Métis ancestry. She graduated from Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) in 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology. During her undergrad, Taylor was on KPU’s Board of Governors and KPU’s Indigenous Student Council and volunteered for KPU’s Orientation Team and at Burnaby Youth Custody Services.
Currently, Taylor volunteers at Allard Law as a student clinician with the Law Students’ Legal Advice Program (LSLAP), as a presenter for the Legal Education Outreach (LEO) Program, and as an Indigenous Student Mentor. Taylor was also elected as Secretary to the Indigenous Law Students Association (ILSA) for the 2021/2022 term. She is also a member of the Kawaskimhon Moot team. Prior to law school, Taylor completed her undergraduate practicum at Allard Law’s Indigenous Community Legal Clinic (ICLC).
In her spare time, Taylor enjoys playing fastpitch, volleyball, and spike ball, hiking, kayaking, snowboarding, spending time with family and friends, and travelling.
Stephanie Lee (she/her/hers)
Richmondite, Previous Biology Nerd, and Amateur Chef
Stephanie is entering her second year of law school. She was born in Hong Kong and raised in Richmond, BC. She attended the University of British Columbia and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. After graduating, Stephanie worked for the Engineering Co-op Department at UBC as a Program Assistant.
In her first year at Allard, Stephanie volunteered with Legal Education Outreach, the Law Students’ Legal Advice Program and Artists’ Legal Outreach. She was also a student representative with the Allard Law and Business Society and Career Events Representative with the Career Services Office. Over the summer, Stephanie will be working for the Centre for Business Law at Allard. During the 2021-2022 school year, Stephanie will be the Co-President of the Asia Pacific Law Club.
Outside of law school, Stephanie enjoys playing Spikeball, cooking, and finding the best dessert restaurants/cafes that Vancouver has to offer (mostly because she is not great at baking). She can speak Cantonese and Mandarin. Please reach out if you have any questions!
Bowen Li (he/him/his)
Vancouverite, Real Estate Enthusiast, Legal Education Outreach Advocate, Dog Lover
Bowen is a 3rd year law student who grew up in Vancouver. He received his undergraduate degree at UBC majoring in Psychology. During his undergrad, Bowen was heavily involved in the Psychology Students’ Association, acting as the President in his last two years. Prior coming to law school, Bowen worked as an administrative assistant at a mining company and as a Realtor working in residential real estate transactions.
In law school, Bowen has been involved in leadership positions with the UBC Law Students’ Society (LSS), UBC Legal Education Outreach (LEO), and the Law Students' Legal Advice Program. He is excited about entering his role as President of LEO and CBA Representative for the LSS in the upcoming year. Currently, Bowen is working in the in-house legal department of a downtown real estate development company. Real estate law is one of Bowen’s fields of interest.
Outside of school, Bowen enjoys spending time with his family and friends. Some of his hobbies include playing basketball, hiking, and walking his dog. Bowen is bilingual and can speak Mandarin.
Inderdeep Lidhar (she/her/hers)
South Asian Law Student, Surrey Born and Raised, Psych Major
Inderdeep Lidhar was born and raised in Surrey, BC. She graduated from Kwantlen Polytechnic University in 2018 with a BA in Psychology. In her third year, she took a few career-oriented classes at school and realized that she wanted to pursue law. After graduating, she spent time working as an administrative assistant for both a family law firm and a business law firm.
She has just finished her second year at Allard Law and enjoyed it immensely. During her time at the school, she has volunteered for a few different clubs. She is the Treasurer for the South Asian Law Students’ Association, edits for the Canadian Family Law Journal, and in her first year, she volunteered with Legal Education Outreach as a presenter.
In her free time, Inderdeep enjoys reading thriller and fantasy novels (and one day hopes to write one). She also likes to watch shows such as The Office and Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
Joanna Ludlow (she/her/hers)
Mature Student, Future Litigator, Mooter, Social Justice Advocate, Rock Climber
Joanna began her law school journey in 2019. She grew up abroad and finished high school on Vancouver Island. She completed her BA in History and French Language at UBC and an MA in Conflict Analysis and Management focusing on workplace mediation. Joanna held many jobs between her undergraduate degree and law school. In no particular order: working on a goat farm in France, student advisor in the UK, financial aid officer and student recruiter/advisor at UBC, pizza chef, and border guard at YVR airport.
In her first year at Allard, Joanna participated in Pro Bono Students Canada researching pardon applications, and as an editor for the Canadian Journal of Family Law. She was the UBC LSS Ombudsperson for the 2020-2021 academic year and currently sits on the board of directors for Community Integrated Services Society.
Joanna spends her free time outside trail running and rock climbing and she is passionate about her cat Frank, as demonstrated by the ever-present cat hair on everything she wears.
Jocelyn Molnar (she/her/hers)
Classical Musician, Small Town Girl, RISE Student Clinician, Feminist
Jocelyn was raised in Cranbrook, BC. She completed a Diploma of Classical Music from Capilano University and a Bachelor of Music in Classical Voice Performance from Western University. Before law school she was a performer of opera and chamber music, and taught individual voice and piano lessons.
Jocelyn volunteered for the Law Students' Legal Advice Program (LSLAP) in 1L, and continued to perform professionally throughout 1L and 2L. Last year, Jocelyn enjoyed working in the student position at the Careers Services Office (CSO). This summer, she is working as a student advocate position at the Advocacy Centre in Nelson, BC where she provides legal information, education and problem solving to low-income individuals.
Jocelyn enjoys mountain biking and hiking, finding the best cheap-eats throughout Vancouver, and spending time with friends and family. She is excited to connect with prospective students and welcome them to the Allard Law community!
Lynn Momprevil (she/her/hers)
Haitian, Seafood Lover, UBC Poli Sci Grad, Intersectional Feminist
Lynn was born and raised in Port-au-Prince Haiti, and moved to Ottawa, Ontario when she was in middle school. Before coming to law school, she graduated from UBC in 2019 with a major in Political Science. Afterwards she worked at a local non-profit, Kitsilano Neighbourhood House, for a year where she focused on marketing, community programming and event planning.
She just completed her first year at Allard. She is currently interested in a wide array of law including transnational law, refugee law and property law. She speaks English, French and Haitian Creole. She is co-president of the Black Law Students’ Association and Vice President, Student Affairs, of the Law Students’ Society. She is also a member of the Allard Women’s Caucus, Law Needs Feminism Because and the Golf Club. When she is not in school, she enjoys spending time at the beach, binge-watching a new series, reading a good book and hanging out with her friends.
Maggie Moore (she/her/hers)
Niagara Region Wine Enthusiast, Proud LSS Member, Fox IP Mooter, Thrift-Shop Expert, Corporate Lawyer to be
Maggie graduated from Western University in 2018 with an Honors Bachelor Degree in Management and Organizational Studies, specializing in Consumer Behaviour. She is originally from the Niagara Region in Ontario and moved to Vancouver in 2019 to pursue her JD at the Peter A. Allard School of Law. She is interested in a career in corporate law and will be working as a summer student at Dentons Vancouver for summer 2021. Though she decided to pursue a legal career in Vancouver, she has experience in both the Vancouver and Toronto summer articling job recruits.
During her 1L and 2L years at Allard Law, Maggie participated in a wide variety of extracurriculars that enriched her learning experience. She enjoyed her time with the Law Students' Society (LSS) as a 1L Social Council Representative, as a 2L Student Affairs Coordinator for the Social Council, and is looking forward to her upcoming role in 3L as a Grad Co-Chair. In addition, she volunteered with the Allard Law's Women's Caucus at fundraising bake sales and as a Women in Law Dinner Helper during both her 1L and 2L years. Maggie’s extracurricular experiences allowed her to play a role in planning and setting up some of her favourite events of the year, which included Winter Formal and the Women in Law Dinner, on top of the countless socials, networking events, and informative lunchtime talks that Allard Law has to offer.
Maggie has also had the opportunity to participate in Allard Law’s diverse experiential learning programs. During her 2L year, she participated in the Harold G. Fox Intellectual Property Moot under the excellent guidance and mentorship of Professor Graham Reynolds. In her 3L year, she looks forward to gaining some clinical experience with the Centre for Business Law’s Corporate Counsel Externship.
Verukah Poirier (she/her/hers)
Indigenous, Parent, Proud ILSA member, Beach dreamer
Verukah Poirier is Métis and Cree from Treaty 6, but she grew up in Williams Lake, BC and attended the University of British Columbia for her BA majoring in First Nations and Indigenous Studies. Verukah is a h3 advocate for Indigenous student representation and recognition in post-secondary institutions. Prior to law school, Verukah took on many community leadership roles and advocated for the Indigenous specific funds and better implementation of Youth in Care policies within UBC.
In her first year at law school, Verukah was the UBC First Nations House of Learning Indigenous Wellness Project Assistant and worked on wellness programming during COVID-19. She also was a member of the Indigenous Law Students’ Association and Women’s Caucus.
In her spare time, Verukah enjoys spending her evenings and weekends at Jericho Beach with her daughter in the summer and snowboarding the Northshore mountains in the winter.
Trevor Roemer (he/him/his)
Vancouver Islander, Dog Owner, Board Game Enthusiast, VIU History Grad, Indigenous Ambassador
Trevor was raised in Campbell River, BC on Vancouver Island. He graduated from Vancouver Island University with a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in history and political science in 2020. During his undergraduate degree, Trevor worked as a lifeguard and volunteered at youth groups.
In September of 2020 Trevor moved to the UBC campus and started the J.D. program at Peter A. Allard school of law. He lived in student family housing with his wife from September until the end of March and then moved to another building on campus. Throughout his first year at Allard he was a volunteer for the Law Students’ Legal Advice Program and he currently holds a summer position with that organization.
Outside of law school Trevor likes to ski, surf, go camping and hang out with his new puppy, Odie. He enjoys beach days, movie nights, board games, and does some amateur photography.
Olga Shaporenko (she/her/hers)
Immigrant, Mom, Optimist, Future Litigator
Olga was born, raised, and lived most of her life in Vladivostok, Russia. She completed her undergraduate education (BA in Linguistics, with distinction) at Far Eastern Federal University. Before immigrating to Canada in 2013, she worked as a translator and journalist for the local and international media, including the BBC.
Having moved to Vancouver, a big city in a different part of the world where she had no safety net, Olga tried several jobs and volunteering positions before she realised that her keen interest lies in law. She felt extremely privileged and lucky when she was accepted to the Peter A. Allard School of Law in 2019. In her first year of law school, Olga discovered that volunteering with the Law Students' Legal Advice Program (LSLAP) was both challenging and rewarding. In her second year, she enjoyed a great opportunity to be a part of the Allard School of Law team in the Gale Cup moot, the national criminal law competition.
When she is not studying or volunteering, Olga spends her free time with her family. Here in Vancouver, she fell in love with hiking, biking and jogging along numerous park trails. Being close to nature is her favourite way of relaxing.
Riley Stone (she/her/hers)
Calgarian turned Vancouverite, UBC IR Grad, Outdoor Sports Enthusiast
Riley is a third-year student who grew up in Calgary, Alberta. She attended the University of British Columbia where she completed her undergraduate degree in International Relations with a minor in Commerce. She also studied abroad in Lund, Sweden.
During her degree, she has volunteered with the Allard Law Women’s Caucus and was a member of the UBC team for Law Games. She has also volunteered and worked at the Migrant Workers Centre and is pursuing a career in immigration and refugee law after graduation. During the 2021-2022 school year, Riley will be participating in the Corporate Counsel Externship and the Jessup International Law Moot. In her free time, Riley enjoys outdoor activities (especially skiing, hiking, camping, and kayaking) and travelling.
Joanna Tu (she/her/hers)
UBC Compsci and Math Grad, Tech and IP Nerd, Avid Gamer, Chinese Law Student, Surreyite
Joanna grew up in South Surrey. Prior to attending law school, she graduated from UBC in 2020 with a Bachelor of Science in a Combined Major of Computer Science and Mathematics. During her undergrad, Joanna worked as a firmware engineer co-op for one year at Intel, which inspired her interest in intellectual property (IP) and technology law.
Joanna is now entering her second year of studies at Allard. During her first year, she volunteered with Legal Education Outreach as a classroom presenter, Pro Bono Students Canada as a Wills Clinic Assistant, and the Law Students’ Legal Advice Program as a clinician. This summer, Joanna will be working in the IP group of a multinational law firm in downtown Vancouver. In the upcoming 2021-2022 academic school year, Joanna will serve as the Co-President for the Allard IP Club, Vice-President Internal Relations for the Asia Pacific Law Club (APLC) and Vice-President External Relations for Legal Education Outreach.
Outside of law school, Joanna likes to spend her time playing RPGs, watching dramas, singing, dancing and baking. She is also fluent in Mandarin and loves to explore Chinese culture and history in her spare time. Joanna is extremely excited to meet any prospective or admitted students who would like to chat!
Benae Tutelman (she/her/hers)
Vancouverite, Community Volunteer, Ice Cream Enthusiast, UBC Political Science Grad, Dog Person
Benae is a third-year law student at Allard Law. She grew up in Richmond, BC, and prior to attending law school, she graduated from UBC in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. During this time, she studied for a semester abroad in Dublin, Ireland. Benae worked at a local non-profit organization focused on children’s health initiatives before entering Allard Law in 2019. As a law student, she has volunteered with Legal Education Outreach, the Law Students’ Legal Advice Program, and the Allard Law Women’s Caucus, where she held the position of Co-President for the 2020-2021 academic year.
Kelsey Wong (she/her/hers)
Vancouverite, UBC BCom grad, baker and dog lover
Kelsey is a third-year law student born and raised in Vancouver, BC. She completed her Bachelor of Commerce degree with a major in Accounting at UBC and spent a semester abroad at HEC Paris in France. Kelsey took a year off after completing her BCom before coming to Allard and worked at a boutique commercial litigation firm in downtown Vancouver.
During her first year at Allard, Kelsey was an associate editor for the UBC Law Review as well as the first-year representative for the Allard Women’s Caucus. Kelsey served as the Director of Finance for the Allard Law Students’ Society as well as the Vice President of Finance for the Allard Women’s Caucus in her second year.
This summer, Kelsey will be working at a large international law firm in downtown Vancouver. After graduation, Kelsey will be clerking at the British Columbia Court of Appeal.
Outside of law school, Kelsey loves baking and decorating desserts, shopping, finding the best ice cream places in Vancouver and spending time with her dog. Kelsey looks forward to helping prospective and admitted students with any questions about life at Allard and sharing more about why she has enjoyed her time at Allard Law so much.