Meet Our Team

Student Case Managers
Spring/Summer Term 2022

Sipy Brar

J.D. Candidate 2023


Sipy is a third-year law student at the University of Manitoba with a background in science (B.Sc.). Her interest in business law led her to Robson Hall where she focuses on Corporate Commercial Law, Tax Law, and Real Estate Law. Sipy is excited to meet and work with Manitoba entrepreneurs.

Elise Janzen

J.D. Candidate 2023

Elise is a third-year law student at the University of Manitoba. Prior to law school, Elise accumulated extensive experience in client services and pursued a Bachelor of Business Administration. Her area of interest in law include Corporate and Commercial as well as Real Estate Law.

Jenna Symons

J.D. Candidate 2023


Jenna is a third-year law student at the University of Manitoba. Residing in Alberta she has great interest in assisting businesses with their expansion needs, provincially and across Canada. She is the recipient of an Undergraduate Research Award to pursue her research in the area of law and technology. Jenna’s interests in law include both Cybersecurity and Information Technology.

Student Case Managers
Winter Term 2022

Taylor Antonchuk

J.D. Candidate 2022


Taylor is a third-year law student at the University of Manitoba. Prior to entering law school, Taylor received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Winnipeg with a major in Criminal Justice. She has plenty of experience working within Manitoba’s legal community. After spending two years as a legal assistant, prior to starting her studies at the University of Manitoba, she also summered at both Cochrane Saxberg LLP (2020) and Smith Neufeld Jodoin LLP (2021). Taylor is excited to further her experience by working with Manitoba entrepreneurs through the business law clinic.

Jessica Bevilacqua

J.D. Candidate 2022

Jessica is a third-year law student at the University of Manitoba. Prior to entering law school, Jessica completed an Honours Bachelor of Arts with a major in Political Science and spent her summers working in wildfire management. Involved in a family business herself, Jessica understands the practical aspects of running a business and is eager to help Manitobans achieve their goals.

Shira Brand

J.D. Candidate 2022

Shira is a third-year law student at the University of Manitoba. Shira has an extensive background in social media work and her entrepreneurial spirit has inspired her to want to help others succeed with their businesses. Shira's interests include intellectual property law, corporate law and advocacy.

Sebastian Burachynsky

J.D. Candidate 2022

Sebastian is currently a third-year law student at the University of Manitoba and has over 10 years of experience in the construction industry. Sebastian has experience working with start-ups in Manitoba and is still working closely with one of them that specializes in virtual construction management technologies. Sebastian has studied commercial law at Asper School of Business and has focused on business throughout his law school career. It would be Sebastian’s pleasure to work with your business as a student case manager in 2022.

Tina Daschuk

J.D. Candidate 2022

Tina is a third-year law student at the University of Manitoba. While in law school, Tina has advised and advocated for low-income clients as a volunteer with several pro bono organizations. Tina is eager to assist clients and further explore workplace law through the L. Kerry Vickar Business Law Clinic.

Janelle Gobin

J.D. Candidate 2022

Janelle is a third-year law student at the University of Manitoba. Prior to law school, she worked as a policy analyst and project manager. Janelle's primary interest is in corporate litigation, specifically health and personal injury law. After graduation, Janelle will be articling at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP in Calgary.

Ryan Johnson

J.D. Candidate 2022

Currently, Ryan is a third-year law student at the University of Manitoba. As the co-founder of his own landscaping business, Ryan has experience with all facets of business operations. Upon graduation, Ryan will be articling at McMillan LLP in Calgary.

Gavin LeBeau

J.D. Candidate 2022

Originally from BC, Gavin moved to Winnipeg to pursue a law degree and is currently a third-year law student at the University of Manitoba. Gavin’s interest in law include both employment and copyright. As a returning student case manger, Gavin is excited at the opportunity to again work with Manitoba’s growing entrepreneurial sector.

Reuben Van Gaalen

J.D. Candidate 2022

Reuben is a third-year law student at the University of Manitoba. Prior to entering law school, Reuben received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. He is a co-founder and past board member of the Fireweed Food Co-op (previously known as the Farm Fresh Food Hub), a non-profit cooperative for producers and supporters of Manitoba-grown, sustainably produced food. Reuben’s experience in the hospitality industry fostered a passion for food, beverage, connection, and conversation. Reuben is excited to work with the Manitoba entrepreneurial community, and is eager to learn about and assist with the complex issues they face.

Student Case Managers
Fall Term 2021

Alexander Barnes

J.D. Candidate 2022

Alex is currently in his third year of studies at Robson Hall. Prior to entering law school, Alex completed a Bachelor of Science with a major in Biology and a minor in Microbiology. He also spent two years teaching English in Kyoto, Japan. Alex is interested in pursuing a career in tax law after graduation. Alex loves to travel and learn new languages – he speaks French, Japanese, and is currently working on Ukrainian.

Shira Brand

J.D. Candidate 2022

Shira is a third-year law student at the University of Manitoba. Shira has an extensive background in social media work and her entrepreneurial spirit has inspired her to want to help others succeed with their businesses. Shira's interests include intellectual property law, corporate law and advocacy.

Alexandra Broggy

J.D. Candidate 2022

Alexandra Broggy is a third-year law student at the University of Manitoba. She continues to take science classes in addition to the full-time law course load, and is on track to graduate with both degrees. Intending on pursuing a career in corporate law, Alexandra is eager to gain experience helping clients through the L. Kerry Vickar Business Law Clinic.

Jayelle Friesen

J.D. Candidate 2022

Jayelle is a third-year law student at the University of Manitoba. She has a background in organizational policy and governance work and is interested in practicing corporate commercial law. She worked as a 2021 summer student at MLT Aikins in Winnipeg and will be returning to the firm after graduation.

Jill Klassen

J.D. Candidate 2022

Jillian is pursuing her JD at the University of Manitoba and is expected to graduate in 2022. Jillian is passionate about client advocacy and working collaboratively to resolve legal issues. She is specifically interested in the areas of litigation and employment law. She has been able to develop her advocacy skills as a participant in the Laskin Moot, as well through her work as a summer student with Gowling WLG LLP in Calgary this past summer.

Prior to law school, Jillian completed a BA in Psychology (with distinction) at the University of Calgary. After graduating with her BA, Jillian spent six years working in the not-for-profit sector with Boys and Girls Club of Red Deer and District. During her time with the organization, she worked closely with many children and families in Red Deer and the Central Alberta area.

Jordan Lang

J.D. Candidate 2022

Jordan is a third-year law student at the University of Manitoba. Jordan has a background in science (B.Sc.), and his interests in law include corporate and real estate law. Jordan is excited to meet Manitoban entrepreneurs and work with them through the business law clinic.

Alan Lempert

J.D. Candidate 2022

Alan graduated from the Asper School of Business (Hons.) with a major in finance. Throughout law school Alan has worked at a boutique immigration firm, completing various federal court memorandums and other immigration files. After law school, he will be articling at MLT Aikins.

Emily Lisi

J.D. Candidate 2022

Emily is a third-year law student at the University of Manitoba. Emily is driven by her belief that Manitoba is full of untapped innovation, and she is excited to be a part of the province's entrepreneurial growth. Emily's interests in law include both corporate and intellectual property.

Brooke Mowatt

J.D. Candidate 2022

Brooke is a third-year law student at the University of Manitoba. She grew up on a dairy farm outside of Brandon but moved to Winnipeg to pursue a corporate and commercial practice. With years of customer service experience, Brooke is excited and ready to help Manitoba entrepreneurs with their innovations.

Jack Powles

J.D. Candidate 2022

Jack was a Pitblado Scholar on the Dean's Honour List in his first year of law school and was the Summer Editor of the Canadian Journal of Human Rights in the summer of 2020. In his second year, Jack worked for the Legal Research Institute, completing research, writing and editing tasks for law professors, before spending the summer of 2021 at Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP in Calgary as a summer research student. Currently, Jack is the Senior Editor of the Canadian Journal of Human Rights and the Social Media Coordinator for the Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies at the Faculty of Law.

Leah Suderman

J.D. Candidate 2022

Leah is a third-year law student at the University of Manitoba. Prior to entering law school, Leah received her Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree from the Asper School of Business with a major in Finance. Leah has further explored her interest in business by focusing on Corporate Commercial and Tax Law throughout her time at Robson Hall.

Research Assistants

Ben Manness

J.D. Candidate 2023

Ben is a second-year law student at the University of Manitoba. An interest in business law attracted him to Robson Hall. His interests mainly lie in mergers & acquisitions and securities. In his free time Ben enjoys scuba diving and is currently training to be a Dive Master.

Jenna Symons

J.D. Candidate 2023

Jenna is a second-year law student at the University of Manitoba. Residing in Alberta she has great interest in assisting businesses with their expansion needs, provincially and across Canada. Jenna’s interests in law include both cybersecurity and data protection.

Kaitlin Trager

J.D. Candidate 2023

Kaitlin is a second-year law student at the University of Manitoba. She graduated with her Bachelor of Commerce in 2020 and is interested in Corporate and Workplace Law. She is excited to work with the Clinic as a Research Assistant this semester.

All law students working at the Business Law Clinic are  members of The Law Society of Manitoba as students-at-law and work under the supervision of an experienced lawyer.

All law students at the Faculty of Law are members of the Manitoba Law Students Association, the Manitoba Bar Association and The Canadian Bar Association.

All students participating in the Business Law Clinic are also supported business law mentors from the legal profession, and well as by faculty, staff and have access to practice tools and resources of E. K. Williams Law Library, including LexisNexis Quicklaw, Practice Advisor, Westlaw, various other online tools and extensive resources of UM Libraries, and complimentary online access, through the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association Mondaq Library, to Mondaq Knowledge Centres and Mondaq Comparative Guides.

Law students in the Clinic use the world’s leading cloud-based legal practice management software to manage files from start to finish courtesy of Clio’s Academic Access Program which helps students learn the practice of law using advanced legal technology to be efficient and effective as well as work remotely from anywhere.

Law Mentors