Meet Our Team

Students-at-Law
Academic Term 2022-2023

Ashley Bains

J.D. Candidate 2023


Ashley is a third-year law student at the University of Manitoba. Before entering law school, she completed a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Psychology at the University of Northern British Columbia. Ashley spent the summer of 2021 and 2022 working with Pro Bono Students Canda, where she developed and implemented volunteer placements for law students to address access to justice issues in Winnipeg. She is primarily interested in practicing in the area of corporate commercial law after graduation.

Julia Beal

J.D. Candidate 2023

Julia is a third-year law student at the University of Manitoba. Prior to law school, Julia received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (with distinction) from the University of Manitoba. She is primarily interested in corporate commercial law and has gained experience in that area through her work as a summer student with Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP. She is eager to work with Manitoban entrepreneurs and further explore corporate commercial law through the L. Kerry Vickar Business Law Clinic.

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.

Dion Cheung

J.D. Candidate 2023

Dion is a third-year law student at the University of Manitoba. Before entering law school, she studied in the Faculty of Science and completed a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Microbiology. Dion is interested in practicing in the areas of corporate commercial and intellectual property law after graduation.

Chris Dick

J.D. Candidate 2023


Chris is a third-year law student at the University of Manitoba. Prior to law school, Chris played basketball at Providence University College. Chris is primarily interested in business law. After graduation, Chris will be articling at Norton Rose Fulbright LLP in Calgary.

Isanne Goldberg

J.D. Candidate 2023

Isanne is a third-year law student at the University of Manitoba. Before pursuing law, she completed her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Manitoba. This past summer, Isanne had the opportunity to gain valuable legal experience as a summer student at Pitblado Law where she will be articling after graduation. This year, Isanne is excited to work with and learn from Manitoba entrepreneurs at the L. Kerry Vickar Business Law Clinic.

Samantha Harvey

J.D. Candidate 2023

Samantha is a third-year law student at the University of Manitoba. Her interests include corporate law, contract law, and intellectual property. Samantha gained valuable business experience summering with Fillmore Riley LLP in 2022 and will be returning to article with the firm in 2023.

Jonathan Hinman

J.D. Candidate 2023


Jonathan is a third year law student at the university of Manitoba. He graduated with distinction with a degree in history, political science and east Asian studies from the University of Alberta. He speaks mandarin as a second language. He is an avid beekeeper, and former entrepreneur, having run his own small beekeeping supply business before entering law school. He highly anticipates helping you and your business succeed.

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.

Connor Jonsson

J.D. Candidate 2023


Connor is a third-year law student at the University of Manitoba with a background in Criminology (B.A.). His interests in law include corporate and real estate law and he has worked as a Business Officer for Prairies Economic Development Canada since 2021, where he engages with small businesses and community organizations in Manitoba. Connor is excited to meet more Manitoban entrepreneurs and work with them through the business law clinic.

Jenna Symons

J.D. Candidate 2023

Jenna is a third-year law student at the University of Manitoba. 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.

Johanna Thiessen

J.D. Candidate 2023


Johanna is a third-year law student at the University of Manitoba with a background in business. Prior to law school, she worked as a hairstylist for 10 years. Johanna spent the summer of 2022 at Pitblado Law, where she gained valuable corporate commercial law experience. She is primarily interested in practicing in the areas of tax and corporate commercial law. After graduation, Johanna will be returning to Pitblado Law for her articles.

Alumni

J.D. Candidates 2022

J.D. Candidates 2021

  • Taylor Antonchuck
  • Alexander Barnes
  • Jessica Bevilacqua
  • Shira Brand
  • Alexandra Broggy
  • Sebastian Burachynsky
  • Tina Daschuk
  • Jayelle Friesen
  • Janelle Gobin
  • Ryan Johnson
  • Jill Klassen
  • Jordan Lang
  • Gavin LeBeau
  • Alan Lempert
  • Emily Lisi
  • Brooke Mowatt
  • Jack Powles 
  • Leah Suderman
  • Reuben Van Gaalen
  • Franco Aiello
  • Alexis Bailey
  • Tyson Bannatyne
  • Jennifer Bisch
  • Sukh Brar
  • Reid Buchanan
  • Steven Dressler 
  • Justin Gertenstein
  • Lidet Getachew
  • Ty Koshowski
  • Suraj Lakhi
  • Adele Lee
  • Meghan Leung
  • Justin MacKay
  • Josh Micflikier
  • Joel Olfert
  • Owen Park
  • Alexandra Philippot
  • Evan Podaima
  • Owen Sasek
  • David Slonosky
  • Jilian Stefanson
  • Carter Suski
  • Erin Tramley

Research Assistants

Alli Knox

J.D. Candidate 2025

Alli is a first-year law student at the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Business Administration from the Asper School of Business. Prior to starting law, Alli worked at a technology start-up out of Manitoba. She looks forward to meeting more Manitoba-based entrepreneurs through the L. Kerry Vickar Business Law Clinic.

Emily Palmer

J.D. Candidate 2025


Emily is a first-year law student at the University of Manitoba. She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree from the U of M in 2019 and recently completed her Master of Journalism degree from the University of British Columbia in the spring of 2022. Emily aspires to facilitate the powerful stories shared by unique and innovative entrepreneurs in Manitoba.

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