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The LCO hires JD students and graduate students from our partner law schools during the fall/winter and the summer terms.

Students are primarily involved in carrying out research in support of the LCO’s projects and depending on the stage of the projects, students may also have an opportunity to participate in consultations with community groups and other on-going activities of the LCO. Students have an opportunity to see and participate in the process of law reform from inside a law reform commission. Students may have the opportunity to prepare papers on relevant issues.

Since the LCO’s inception in 2007, student researchers from all partner law schools have contributed to the LCO’s research and activities.

Our Current Students: Summer 2019

Adrian Zita-Bennett has just completed his first year of law school at the University of Windsor, where he also served as an associate editor for the Windsor Review of Legal and Social Issues and a caseworker at Community Legal Aid of Windsor. He holds a BA from the University of Toronto and an MA in History from McMaster University. Prior to law school, Adrian worked in politics over the previous four years, most recently in the House of Commons as the Executive & Legislative Assistant to his Member of Parliament.

Amy Goudge just completed her first year in the University of Ottawa’s Common Law program. She holds a BA in Art History and English from Queen’s University, and a Master’s in Visual Arts Administration from New York University, where she was funded by NYU’s Graduate Education Scholarship for North American Scholars. This past semester, Amy was a research assistant for Professor Michael Geist, analyzing global copyright policy effects on education and trade. She also served as an Assistant Editor at the Ottawa Law Review. Prior to law school, Amy worked as a curatorial assistant at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York and conducted research for the Chair of NYU’s Department of Art and Art Professions.

Rachael Ostroff is a second-year law student at the University of Ottawa. She holds a BA in philosophy from McGill and an MA in political economy from Carleton. In 2016 she was awarded an Ontario Graduate Scholarship for her research on restorative justice in the global political economy. In 2017 she received a technology law research award from the Centre for Law, Technology and Society at the University of Ottawa. Rachael has worked as a researcher and writer in the House of Commons, and as a policy analyst at Global Affairs Canada. Last summer she was a fellow at the Canadian Constitution Foundation, where she focused on freedom of expression and civil forfeiture.

Penny Zhang just completed her second year of law school at Queen’s University. She holds a BSc from UBC, majoring in behavioural neuroscience with a minor in creative writing. She has previously worked as the ombudsperson for UBC’s alma mater society. She has also been a research assistant for Professor Samuel Dahan’s Conflict Analytics Lab. Penny currently serves as the Equity & Diversity Co-Commissioner and Faculty Board Rep within the Law Students Society at Queen’s Law.