Situated on the unceded, traditional and ancestral territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) people, the Allard School of Law at UBC is dedicated to continuing to build an equitable, inclusive and welcoming community for those who have been historically, persistently or systemically excluded from higher education.
Our Student Ambassador program plays an important role in supporting prospective and admitted students and helping foster a welcoming, inclusive and equitable environment. Students from historically underrepresented groups, including first-generation students, socio-economically underrepresented candidates, candidates who identify as Black, Indigenous or as a person of colour, and candidates with disabilities, are strongly encouraged to apply as Student Ambassadors.
Ambassadors can provide you with honest impressions of law school, living in Vancouver, their educational experience, and why they chose the Peter A. Allard School of Law. As a prospective student, you can reach out to our Ambassadors for advice and support throughout the application process and into your transition to law school.
Meet Our 2022-23 Ambassadors
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Simi Fagbongbe (she/her/hers)
Nigerian-Canadian, Mature Student, Outdoor Enthusiast, Wellness Advocate
Simi was born in Lagos, Nigeria and moved to Vancouver at the age of 12. She attended University of Victoria where she completed her undergraduate degree in Political Science with a Business minor.
After undergrad, Simi volunteered extensively in Vancouver with various organizations including Food Stash Foundation. She also worked in business to business fin-tech sales for 2 years and then as a business banker for nearly 4 years before starting at Allard Law. Although interested in general Business Law practice, she is an avid environmentalist and hopes to complete an Environmental Law specialization.
In her first year of law school, Simi was the director of finance for the Allard chapter of the Black Law Students’ Association, a proud member of Outlaws, and a Wellness Committee Representative with the UBC Law Students’ Society. She also volunteered with the Pro Bono Students Canada (PBSC) where, through Amici Curiae, she played a role in assisting self-represented litigants with completing legal forms. In her second year she will continue to be actively involved in the student body and hopes to gain clinical experience by participating in the Business Law Clinic.
A huge wellness advocate, Simi enjoys working out, meditating, and finding creative ways to live a balanced life. Outside of law school, you can find her learning Mandarin, writing short stories, skiing at one of the local mountains, playing tennis or travelling. Simi asked her fair share of questions before beginning law school and is keen to provide support to prospective students in any way that she can.
Jayden Friesen-Kehler (she/her/hers)
Social Justice Advocate, Law Students' Legal Advice Program Clinic Head, Women's Caucus Member, Small Town Manitoban
Jayden was born and raised in a small town in Southern Manitoba. She completed her undergraduate Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Manitoba with a major in Sociology and a minor in Women and Gender Studies. She is currently in her second year of law school. Jayden’s areas of interest include social justice, criminal law, human rights, and litigation.
In her first year, Jayden was involved in the Law Students’ Legal Advice Program as a clinician and clinic head, Women’s Caucus, Law Students for Decriminalization and Harm Reduction, and the Criminal Law Club. In her second year, Jayden will be the Social Justice and Public Interest Representative on the Law Students’ Society and continue her work with the Law Students’ Legal Advice Program. Jayden will be working as one of the Orientation Coordinators this summer.
Outside of law school, Jayden enjoys playing volleyball, hiking and skiing, spending times with friends, and trying out new restaurants around the city. Jayden is excited to meet with prospective and incoming students to answer any questions about the Allard Law community!
Emma Gibson (she/her/hers)
Vancouverite, Law Students' Society Grad Co-Chair, Women's Caucus member, Comedy TV Lover
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 a third-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. In her second year, she was an Academic Director with the Law Students’ Society, a Peer Tutor, and a member of various Allard clubs. Last summer, Emma was a for-credit student with the Law Students' Legal Advice Program, where she gained hands-on experience working on legal cases. This summer, she is working downtown at a full-service law firm.
Emma is also the incoming Grad Co-Chair for the Law Students’ Society, and in this role will be organizing book sales, the yearbook and annual handbook, and planning events for students.
Hannah Goodridge (she/her/hers)
Black Law Student, Vancouverite, UBC English Lit Grad, Future Litigator
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 law school, Hannah volunteered with Legal Education Outreach and the Law Students’ Legal Advice Program. She also joined the Women’s Caucus and the Black Law Students’ Association, serving as Co-President of the latter for her second year. Hannah cultivated her interest in litigation by partaking in the Gale Moot, and will continue to develop this interest at a corporate law firm during summer 2022.
Outside of law school Hannah loves to play volleyball, read, 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!
Levi Gordian (he/him/his)
Indigenous Law Students' Society Rep, Cat Dad, Lego Builder
Levi is kwakwaka'wakw from the 'Namgis First Nation of Alert Bay. He was born in Victoria, BC but grew up in Edmonton where he completed a BA in Native Studies at the University of Alberta. In 2019, he moved to Vancouver to attend UBC in the Master of Public Health program prior to beginning his JD studies in 2021.
In his first year at Allard, he enrolled in the Indigenous Legal Studies (ILS) Summer Intensive in Torts which provided new Indigenous JD students the opportunity to complete a full credit course in 8 weeks while building relationships with other Indigenous students, current upper-year students, Allard alumni, professors and staff. This year, he will be returning to this program as its assistant to support ILS and the new Indigenous JD cohort.
In the fall of his first year, he participated in weekly sessions toward the completion of the ILS Academic and Leadership Certificate through the Indigenous Legal Studies program.
As an Indigenous student with an educational and work background in Indigenous issues, he believes that Aboriginal Business Law is a pathway toward making a difference for Indigenous peoples and communities in this new era of reconciliation.
Beyond law school, Levi enjoys weightlifting and building LEGO. He also lives with four cats and enjoys weekly hiking as well as hanging out with them at the beach.
Jessie Han (she/her/hers)
International Student Advocate, BISC Alumna, Globe-trotter, Avid Movie Lover
Jessie is an international student from China. After completing her undergraduate degree in Political Studies at Queen's University (with a year and a half spent at the Bader International Study Centre in the UK), she moved across Canada to the beautiful Vancouver for the first time to start law school. She is currently entering her second year at Allard.
During her first year of law school, Jessie enjoyed volunteering at the Chinatown (Chinese-language) clinic with the Law Students' Legal Advice Program (LSLAP), and as an assistant editor for the Canadian Journal of Family Law. She served as the Vice President for the Allard Society of International Students and New Arrivals (ASISNA), a newly formed affinity group at Allard, which she will be taking over as the President for the upcoming year. Jessie will also be the Vice President (Internal Relations) of the Asia Pacific Law Club (APLC) in the 2022-2023 academic year.
As a Political Studies major, Jessie has done extensive research on Canadian constitutional law and the Charter before entering law school, but her interest has shifted towards employment law and intellectual property after participating in all kinds of extra-curricular activities here at Allard. Jessie is also interested in the joint legal education programs with the University of Melbourne and the University of Hong Kong. She would love to share her knowledge about them with anyone interested.
Outside of law school, Jessie loves cooking and taking strolls in the Pacific Spirit Park. Prior to the pandemic, she has travelled to 11 countries in three continents with her camera. Jessie is a native speaker of Mandarin, and one of her goals for the summer is to improve her Cantonese by binge-watching more TVB dramas and visiting more dim sum restaurants near Vancouver.
Elan Hannah (she/her/hers)
Mature Student, Mom of Three, UBC English Grad, Musical Theatre Nerd
Elan is a second-year student who lives in UBC family housing. She was admitted to law school as a third-year applicant after completing 90 credits of her degree in Honours English.
Elan spent most of her twenties living alone in Vancouver without family support, taking gigs in the service industry and the performing arts. When she became a parent, she began working in a litigation firm as an assistant and has been working in personal injury law ever since. Being admitted to the Peter A. Allard School of Law was a surreal experience for Elan, who never imagined that being a lawyer was an option for her. This summer Elan will be working in a family law firm, and in 2L she will be volunteering with Pro Bono Students Canada and acting as Vice President External Relations for Legal Education Outreach.
When not studying, Elan can be found hanging out with her family, taking dance classes, singing in pop choirs, or walking around this beautiful city.
Julia Hutlet (she/her/hers)
Métis, Family Law Student, Golfer
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 (for both private housing and student residences).
As an incoming 3L Indigenous student, Julia is very familiar with Indigenous Legal Studies (ILS) events and the Indigenous Cultural Competency Certificate (ICCC) at Allard. Julia is also the Vice-President (Métis) of the National Indigenous Law Student Association (NILSA). This year Julia is an Indigenous Student Ambassador and would love to chat with prospective and admitted Indigenous students about Indigenous Legal Studies and the Indigenous Law Students' Association at Allard.
Julia is also very passionate about Family Law with a specific interest in child custody and issues of Family Law litigation, as well as practice in Wills and Estates. Julia has been working at a Family Law firm in Downtown Vancouver since her 1L Summer, and is happy to discuss the process of obtaining a 1L Summer position.
On her days off, she enjoys walks around the Vancouver Seawall, playing a round of golf with friends, swimming laps in the pool, and creating beadwork for her small Indigenous business.
Proud Feminist, Nova Scotian
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!
Emma has been 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 spent the Summer of 2021 working for Allard in the Career Services Office. In the 2021/2022 academic year Emma served 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!
Sonal Kaura (she/her/hers)
South Asian Law Student, Edmontonian, UofT Graduate
Sonal was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto where she double majored in Economics and International Relations. She is currently in her second year of law school.
During her first year at Allard, Sonal volunteered with the Legal Education Outreach program (LEO), and was involved with the Allard Law Women’s Caucus as a first-year communications representative. This summer, Sonal will be working as a research assistant for an Allard Law professor.
Outside of law school, Sonal enjoys exploring the city, trying new foods, and finding the best sunset spot in the city. Sonal has also recently started to learn how to golf and is aiming for a more active summer this year.
Sonal is very excited to meet prospective students. Please feel free to reach out with any questions!
Suzie Kimball (she/her/hers)
Outdoor Enthusiast, Indigenous Law Student, UBC Kinesiology Grad
Suzie 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).
As a law student, she volunteered with the Law Students’ Legal Advice Program and the Indigenous Law Students’ Association. Suzie was also the President of the Health Law and Justice Club and held the position of Director of Diversity and Inclusion for the Allard Law Women’s Caucus. During her second year, she was a student clinician with the Indigenous Community Legal Clinic.
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.
Wynona Klemt (she/her/hers)
Science Grad, Environmentalist, Torontonian
Wynona was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. Prior to law school she studied at the University of Waterloo where she completed a BSC in Environmental Science, and an MSc in Biology. After grad school, Wynona worked in scientific research at Western University and Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson).
Wynona is passionate about science and law, and the ways in which they can intersect to create positive outcomes for people and the environment. This summer, Wynona is working for Liberal MP for Vancouver downtown Hedy Fry. Next fall, she will be the Co-President of the Environmental Law Group at Allard and is excited to help facilitate events like the Negotiation Competition and an Environmental Research-O-Thon.
Outside of law school, Wynona likes to spend time outdoors rock climbing, hiking, skiing, and hanging out at the Kitsilano beach. She also loves to explore the thrift stores, coffee shops, and breweries around the city! Wynona is excited to connect with incoming and prospective students – please reach out with any questions.
Taylor Lanthier (she/her/hers)
Métis, Animal Lover, Future Litigator, Kawaskimhon Mooter, and Feminist
Taylor grew up in Surrey, B.C. and is of Métis ancestry on her Father's side. 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.
Taylor is a third-year law student. In her first and second years at Allard Law, Taylor volunteered at as a student clinician and clinic head with the Law Students’ Legal Advice Program (LSLAP), and as a presenter for the Legal Education Outreach (LEO) Program. Currently, she volunteers as an Indigenous Student Mentor and Legal Buddy. Taylor was also elected as Secretary to the Indigenous Law Students’ Association (ILSA) for the 2021/2022 term and as Co-Secretary for the 2022/2023 term. She also represented Allard Law at the 2022 Kawaskimhon Moot in Montréal. 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. She also enjoys hiking, kayaking, snowboarding, weight lifting, spending time with family and friends, and travelling.
Stephanie Lee (she/her/hers)
Richmondite, Former Biology Nerd, and Amateur Chef
Stephanie is entering her third 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.
Stephanie has 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. Between her first and second year, Stephanie worked for the Centre for Business Law at Allard. During the 2021-2022 school year, Stephanie was 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!
Sarah MacDonald (she/her/hers)
Law Students' Society Vice President Social, Animal Justice Club Executive, Crime Show Enthusiast, Swiftie
Sarah was born and raised in London, Ontario. She completed her undergraduate degree at Western University with an Honours Specialization in International Relations, part of which she completed studying abroad at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. She moved to Vancouver right before the start of law school and has loved every mountain view ever since.
Sarah will be entering her second year at Allard this fall. In her first year, she volunteered with the Environmental Law Group and with the Animal Justice Club. Sarah was also a first-year representative on Women’s Caucus and on the Law Students’ Society (LSS) Social Council. She will be taking a lead in planning social events this year as the LSS Social VP.
Outside of class, Sarah likes exploring beautiful British Columbia and has enjoyed hiking, skiing, and spending time at the beach this year. She loves trying new vegan recipes, especially cookies and soups! She looks forward to hearing from prospective students and sharing her experiences at Allard.
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.
Lynn just completed her second 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 was previously 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. This summer Lynn is working at a large corporate law firm in order to gain more experience in the field.
Tyler Murphy (he/him/his)
Burnaby-born, UBC Poli Grad, Former Wannabe Marine Biologist, Somewhat Sporty
Tyler is entering his second year at Allard. He grew up in Burnaby and obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from UBC after completing his first two years of post-secondary education at SFU. Following graduation, he spent a year working at the Vancouver Provincial Court before starting at Allard.
During his 1L year, Tyler was an active member of the Law Students' Legal Advice Program, the Law Students' Society Social Committee, and Legal Education Outreach. He is also a member of the Sport, Entertainment, and Law Society as well as the Asia Pacific Law Club, and participates in a number of intramural sports teams. This summer, he will be working as a Research Assistant with the school.
Outside of law school, Tyler enjoys playing/watching hockey and basketball, and is hoping to improve his golf game over the summer (unlikely). He also likes hanging out with his Duck Toller puppy Juno, being active outdoors, and getting to chat with prospective law students!
Verukah Poirer (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 two years at Allard he was a volunteer for the Law Students’ Legal Advice Program. He participated in the corporate counsel externship clinical program offered at Allard.
Outside of law school Trevor likes to ski, surf, go camping and hang out with his french bulldog, Odie. He enjoys beach days, movie nights, board games, and does some amateur photography.
Lauren Sansregret (she/her/hers)
Forestry Grad, Sports, Entertainment & Law Society Co-President, Métis Artist
Lauren grew up in North Delta and attended BCIT for a diploma in Sustainable Resource Management and UBC for her Bachelor of Science in Forestry. Lauren worked as a forest technician in Prince George and Quesnel before coming to law school.
Lauren is Métis originating from the Red River Settlements. She is involved in the Indigenous Law Students’ Association as the executive of social media.
In her spare time, Lauren loves to paint, go shopping on West 4th, and watch hockey games at Rogers Arena. Lauren is really excited to meet prospective students and is happy to answer any questions about life at Allard.
Sarah Scott (she/her/hers)
Ontarian, Former Science Nerd, Law Review Editor, Wanna-Be Ski Bum
Sarah was born and raised near Sarnia, Ontario. She graduated from McMaster University in 2021 with a Bachelor of Integrated Science, and minors in Biology and Psychology. Currently, she is entering her second year of law school.
During her first year, Sarah enjoyed volunteering as a clinician with the Law Students’ Legal Advice Program and as an assistant editor for the UBC Law Review. She also enjoyed being involved with the Allard Women’s Caucus, Allard Intramural soccer and ultimate teams, and the (unofficial) Allard Ski Team. This summer, Sarah is working as an Orientation Coordinator at Allard for the Class of 2025, and is looking forward to welcoming the incoming students!
In her spare time, Sarah enjoys exploring Vancouver’s best hikes and beaches, and sneaking in Whistler day trips for skiing. She loves spending rainy days curled up with a good book and baking something new. Sarah is excited to connect with prospective students and welcome them to the Allard community!
Alina Song (she/her/hers)
International Student, Chinese, Law Students' Society Student Affairs Coordinator, UBCO Psych Undergrad, Avid Traveller.
Alina was born in Beijing, but besides China, she also grew up living in India, Australia, Trinidad & Tobago, and Japan. Prior to attending law school, Alina graduated from UBC Okanagan in 2021 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.
Alina has just completed her first year in law school and she enjoyed it immensely. In 1L, Alina volunteered as a clinician for the Law Students’ Legal Advice Program. This summer, she will be working in Beijing as a summer student at a multinational law firm. Alina has also been elected as the LSS Student Affairs Coordinator for the 2022/2023 term.
Alina is bilingual in Mandarin and English. In her spare time, Alina likes to play guitar, crochet, and play video games. She also enjoys watching sitcoms (the Office is a classic), spending time with her cat Huahua, and hanging out with friends.
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 third year of studies at Allard. During the last two years, she served as the President of the Allard Intellectual Property (IP) Club, Vice-President Internal Relations for the Asia Pacific Law Club (APLC), Vice-President External Relations for Legal Education Outreach, and volunteered with Pro Bono Students Canada as a Wills Clinic Assistant and the Law Students’ Legal Advice Program as a clinician. Joanna was enrolled in the Corporate Counsel Externship and worked as an in-house legal intern at a well-known fashion company for a term. Joanna worked in her 1L summer as a 1L IP summer student at a multinational law firm in downtown Vancouver. This summer, she will be returning to work at the same firm.
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!