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The LCO hires JD students and graduate students from Ontario 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 research students for the fall/winter 2019/20 term are:

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.