Member of the Law Society of Upper Canada since 2012.
Member of the Ontario Bar Association and the Canadian Bar Association
Student Member of the Ontario Medical Association and the Canadian Medical Association
2017 MD, Michael G. Degroote School of Medicine, McMaster University
2012 Call to the Bar, June 15, 2012
2011 Juris Doctor, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto
2007 Bachelor of Arts (Honours, First Class), Philosophy and French, University of Alberta
2003 National Theatre School of Canada, Montréal
Academic Awards and Achievements
2017 Valedictorian (Elected) Michael G. Degroote School of Medicine, McMaster University
2011 Valedictorian (Elected), University of Toronto Faculty of Law Class of 2011
2011 1st Place Team, Wilson Moot
2009 Second Place Oralist, Cassels Brock Moot
2004-2006 Jason Laing Scholarship, University of Alberta
2005 Roscoe Robinson Miller Scholarship, University of Alberta
2004 Best Cultural Performance, Western Canada Eritrean Festival, Saskatoon
2004 Roger S. Smith Undergraduate Student Researcher Award, University of Alberta
2003 Royettes Scholarship, National Theatre School of Canada
2000 Alexander Rutherford Scholarship, Govt. of Alberta
2000 Most Respected and Admired Graduate, Victoria School of Arts, Edmonton
2000 Outstanding Achievement in Acting, Victoria School of Arts, Edmonton
Nov 2012-June 2014 Staff Lawyer, Criminal Duty Counsel, Legal Aid Ontario
July 2011-May 2012 Articling Student, Cavalluzzo Hayes Shilton McIntyre & Cornish LLP
May 2012 Legal research and writing, assistance with preparation of facts and evidence.
May- Summer Law Student, African Canadian Legal Clinic
August 2010 Conducting legal research, writing, and intakes, providing summary advice, attending human rights tribunal hearings and mediations.
May- Actor, “Homegrown”, Summerworks, Toronto
August 2010 Rehearsing and performing a lead role in a play about criminal justice.
April- Actor, “Out the Window”, Theatre Centre, Toronto
May 2010 Rehearsing and performing several roles in a play about criminal justice, police conduct, and mental health issues.
May- Caseworker, Downtown Legal Services, University of Toronto Faculty of Law
August 2009 Appeared in criminal courts on numerous occasions. Conducted pretrial negotiations, trial
preparation, sentencing submissions, peace bond matters, and a successful cross
examination of a Crown witness. Conducted negotiations with university discipline
counsel and officials on behalf of students, and appeared before an academic appeal
committee. Provided summary legal advice and conducted numerous intake interviews.
May 2008- Performer, “Ministry of Love: An Adaptation of George Orwell’s 1984”, Edmonton
June 2008 Performed a principal role in a dramatic play.
July 2007- Escalations Manager, Customer Service Representative, Telus Communications
May 2008 Inc., Edmonton
Resolved and negotiated clients’ account issues and complaints in cases where clients were not satisfied with the 1st tier of customer service. Researched client accounts, and identified concerns and formulated solutions.
May-Aug. 2007 Performer, “The Betcha Show”, Smart Choices Drama Project
Performed and created characters in an educational play, funded by the Alberta Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission.
2006 Research Assistant, CRC Humanities Computing Studio, University Alberta Developed an online database of Eritrean/Ethiopian literature and art, conducted interviews, and translated folklore from Tigrinya and French to English. (www.crcstudio.arts.ualberta.ca/eritrean)
June 2006 Tutor, Council of Canadians of African and Caribbean Heritage (CCACH), Edmonton
Prepared lessons and tutored elementary-high school students.
Aug.2003 Lead Performer, “Twelfth Night”, CanStage Dream in High Park, Toronto
Performed a principal role in a Shakespearean play.
Extra-Curricular Activities and Community Involvement
2008-2011 Member and volunteer, Black Law Student’s Association, University of Toronto
Volunteer and division leader, Downtown Legal Services, University of Toronto
Volunteer, Artist’s Legal Advice Services
Organizer, Theatre Workshop for LAWS annual conference (2009, 2010, and 2011)
January 2010 Co-organizer, “The Prime Minister, Prorogation, and Parliamentary Democracy” a panel at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law
March 2009 Panel Member, “See Yourself Here”, Black Law Students Association
Aug. 2007 Voice-Over Performance, “White Mice”, by Darren O’Donnell/Directed by Ryan Hughes, Edmonton Fringe Festival
May 2007 Volunteer and Contributor, “Blood Ink” student literary journal, University of Alberta
Apr.2006 General Secretary, Kamit African Caribbean Society (KACS), University of Alberta
Mar. 2006Master of Ceremonies, “Ribbon Rouge”(fundraiser for Stephen Lewis AIDS Foundation), University of Alberta
Feb. 2006 Co-host of “Floetry”, an open-mic spoken word event, University of Alberta
Director, “Riot”, by Andrew Moodie, a staged theatrical reading, University of Alberta
Oct. 2005 Tutor, Student’s for Literacy, University of Alberta
Educational Conference and Presentation Experience
Mar. 2010 and
Spring 2009 Facilitator, Theatre of the Oppressed Workshop, Global Citizenship Conference, University of Toronto Faculty of Law
Mar. 2006 Panel Member, Anti-Racism Education Forum, sponsored by Council of Canadians of African and Caribbean Heritage (CCACH) and Northern Alberta Alliance on Race Relations (NAARR) , University of Alberta
Feb. 2006 Panel Member, “Get Smart or Die Slavin’” (discussion on the portrayal of blacks in the mass media), CJSR
Jan. 2006 Presented a paper entitled “Peter Singer and Affirmative Action”, 2006 Prairie Provinces Undergraduate Philosophy Association (PPUPA), University of Alberta
Nov. 2005 Presented a paper entitled “My Edmonton Education”, One Vision – Many Voices: Cross-Cultural/Anti-Racism Education Conference, University of Alberta
Oct. 2005 “Eritrean Print and Oral Culture”, Faculty of Arts Visiting Committee, University of Alberta
Aug. 2004 “The Monk and the Devil: An Eritrean Folktale”, Western Canada Eritrean Festival, Saskatoon
Other Skills and Interests
Conversant in French and Tigrinya. Acting/Fitness/Djembe/Stand up comedy
References available upon request