Mental Health Committee
The Mental Health Committee plans various mental health breaks throughout the year for law students to de-stress, relax and learn about the various campus supports for any mental health issues that may arise.
Please contact Kassandra Kelertas (email@example.com) or Claire McDowell (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Lakehead Law TableTalkers
Lakehead Law TableTalkers has been inching ever closer towards a full charter with Toastmasters International. Mr. Robert Kozak, local Assistant Crown Attorney, has continued to offer guidance and support as members strive to improve upon their oral advocacy skills. More recently, 1L students have joined alongside founding members, while Toastmasters organizers in the area have rallied to offer their support to our group. We continue to remain hopeful that we will be able to officially use the Toastmasters brand going forward and encourage any and all interested students to attend a meeting or two if they are at all curious about what it is that we do.
For further information, feel free to contact Amanda Gallo (email@example.com)
Intellectual Property Law Club
The Intellectual Property Law Club aims to raise the profile of intellectual property law among the student body. This is a rich and interesting area of the law. The club exchanges articles and holds discussions on a number of topics related to IP law and digital law, such as: downloading and streaming movies; abuse and misuse of copyright; open source works; free speech and anonymity; electronic surveillance; jurisdictional issues in cyberspace; and other legal issues associated with technology. We invite you to join our Facebook group!
Women In Law
Lakehead University’s Women in Law club acts as a central forum for law students to connect, discuss important issues, and give back to their community. The club is focused on working towards equality for women in law whether it be women in legal practice, women studying law or criminalized women. We have formed partnerships with the Elizabeth Fry Society as well as the Northwestern Ontario Women’s Centre. Volunteer opportunities will be available with both groups.
For further information, feel free to contact Natalie Posala (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Northern Law Compass ("The Compass")
The Northern Law Compass is an independent student run publication founded in the law school's charter year. The goal of the compass is to discuss important changes in Canadian jurisprudence, promote the profile of committees and organizations at Bora Laskin, advance the mandate of our school and analyze legal issues in Canada.
For more information feel free to contact Lucas Tannahill (email@example.com).
Indigenous Law Students Society
The Indigenous Law Students Association (ILSA) is a student support network aimed at creating and maintaining space for indigenous cultures at the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law and within the community of Thunder Bay. ILSA facilitates a variety of opportunities for students to learn from one another, sharing community values and cultures in a safe environment.
At ILSA we believe that working together we can make a difference!
Lakehead University Environmental Law Students Association
The Environmental Law Students Association (ELSA) aims to promote awareness of current events in environmental law and building sustainable communities. This year we hosted photographer Robert van Waarden’s travelling installation of life size portraits at the Thunder Bay Country Market. The event sparked community dialogue as passers-by read and discussed quotes from van Waarden’s subjects, each of whom live along a proposed pipeline route.
ELSA was also instrumental in organizing a candidates debate at the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law, prior to the October election. This debate ensured that local candidates had an opportunity to answer critical climate change policy questions. Notably, the newly elected Thunder Bay—Superior North riding MP and Minister of Status of Women, Patty Hajdu, lauded the faculty of law debate as efficiently timed and fun, covering a variety of topics.
Ongoing projects include: raising awareness of and support for the university-wide fossil fuel divestment campaign; and sourcing more local or bioregional recyclables for use on campus.
The Pre-Law Society strives to serve as a resource to assist students in navigating the law school application process, connect interested undergraduate and graduate students with current law students, and coordinate with Lakehead University's Pre-Law Club.
To this end, the Pre-Law Society has facilitated several law school application seminars, LSAT prep session classes, persuasive writing tutorials, and one-on-one student mentorship opportunities. If you have a passion for mentorship or sharing your academic and professional experiences with aspiring law-students contact the Pre-Law Society's administrator, Drew McArthur firstname.lastname@example.org .
Lakehead Law Ski and Snowboard Club
The Lakehead Law Ski and Snowboard Club invites everyone to join them for the 3rd annual Voluntary Assumption of Risk Lutsen Mountain Law Ski Trip Weekend (LLSSCVARLMLSTW)
The Ski Trip this year will be Jan 20th-22nd at Lutsen Mountain, Minnesota, USA. This is a three-day/two night trip to a ski-in ski-out resort. For the non skiers and snowboarders there is also snowshoeing, cross country skiing, gondola rides, and hot-tub lounging.
We will be staying at the Caribou Highlands resort- which thus far has proved to be the most fun accommodation. Everyone needs to remember to bring (1) passport, (2) money for hotel room (3) equipment or money for rentals (4) money for eats/drinks.
Please join the Lakehead Law Ski and Snowboard Club Facebook page for updates on the trip!
Please contact Anthony Colizza for more information (email@example.com)
Lakehead Law Hockey Team
Lakehead Law Journal
The Lakehead Law Journal is a refereed journal published twice yearly and supported by the Faculty of Law at Lakehead University. An Editorial Team made up of both faculty and students runs the online, open access journal with Professor Karen Drake and Dr. Mariette Brennan serving as Co-Editors in Chief. The LLJ provides a forum for academics, practitioners, and students to develop scholarship in all areas of the legal field. The LLJ is committed to developing scholarship that engages with our tripartite mandate:
To publish research, analysis, and critical commentary on legal issues facing Aboriginal populations
To promote discussion and debate from students, practitioners, and academics on rural, northern, and small firm legal practice
To publish legal research and analysis that is grounded in the region by focusing on natural resource and environmental law
Labour Law Association
The Lakehead University Labour Law Association aims to provide resources to students who are interested in Labour and Employment Law. Students discuss current issues in labour relations, facilitate discussion with professionals in the industry, share resources with students looking to explore the field, and provide opportunities for students to get involved in the Labour and Employment Law community. In the 2016-2017 school year, the committee is aiming to coordinate a school-wide advocacy presentation on the subject of employee-employer relationships.
Bora Laskin OUTlaws
Please contact Patricia Vo (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Holly O'Neil (email@example.com) for more information
Please contact Josh Szajewski (firstname.lastname@example.org ) for more information
Denning's Darners (Craft Club)
Please contact Jillian Berry (email@example.com) for more information
Student Animal Legal Defence Fund
Please contact Maura Dunk (firstname.lastname@example.org ) for more information
Christian Law Fellowship
Please contact Josh Stevenson (email@example.com ) for more information
Please contact Lisa Tocheri (firstname.lastname@example.org ) for more information
Lakehead Chapter of Legal Organizations
Ontario Bar Association
The Ontario Bar Association (OBA), a branch of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA), represents 17,000 lawyers, judges, notaries, law teachers and law students from across the province. Approximately two-thirds of all practicing lawyers in Canada belong to the CBA. The Canadian Bar Association (CBA) is the leader and voice of Canada’s legal profession. An essential ally and advocate for members of the legal profession, we promote fair justice systems, facilitate effective law reform, uphold equality in the legal profession and are devoted to eliminating discrimination. We are also the premiere provider of quality professional development and information to members of the legal profession.
Student membership gives you access to a network of practicing lawyers all over Ontario and gives you a voice in the legal profession as a student. Plus, membership in this organization is FREE for students. For more information, visit the OBA Student Section website and/or get in touch with Yannick Benoit (email@example.com) or Rebecca Nicholls (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The LSSO is an elected body that advocates for Ontario law students. We articulate student needs to those who govern the legal profession, universities that administer legal education, and governments that regulate post-secondary education and financial aid.
Our general objectives include:
Building relationships with governments and regulators;
Providing opportunities for law students to communicate and share their experiences;
Advocating for accessible and affordable legal education; and
Promoting diversity in law school classrooms and the legal profession.