Annie Hu: UTPLS Mock Trial Director, UTMTC Co-Chair

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I am currently in my 3rd year of study, pursuing a double major in Criminology and Music while minoring in Sociology. Law is something I have always had the passion for, especially with how minorities are often treated unfairly by the criminal justice system. Hence, I aspire to raise awareness and push for change within the justice system, advocating for gender and racial equality in and out of the court. Alongside my interest in law is my enthusiasm for music. I started playing piano at the age of 4, violin at the age of 5, and oboe at the age of 14 – music has been a huge part of my life and continues to be. Along the way of pursuing law, I also make sure to indulge myself in the warm comfort of musical notes.

Maryam Aziz: UTPLS Mock Trial Director, UTMTC Co-Chair

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Maryam is a third year student double majoring in Ethics, Society & Law and Criminology & Sociolegal Studies. As this year’s Mock Trial Co-Director, she will be in charge of planning, organizing, executing and overseeing the second annual University of Toronto Mock Trial Competition. She first joined UTPLS in her first year to gain more general knowledge about the law school application process and to network with professionals in the legal field. Since then, she has competed in the first Mock Trial Competition, where she advanced to the semi-finals. In addition to her growing involvement with UTPLS, she is proud to serve as a second-term executive member of the Criminology Students Association, this year as the Academic Events Director.

Julia Mogus: Logistics Officer

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Julia Mogus is currently a fourth year student, completing her Bachelor of Arts in Criminology & Sociolegal; Political Science and Indigenous Studies. Since the start of her university career Julia has been an active executive member of the Indigenous Studies Student Union – assisting as an organizer of the ISSU Pow Wow and the moderator of the Breakfast with Dr. Blackstock talk. She participated as a delegate for the Model United Nations society, serving as co-conference director for UNSOC from 2016-2018 and the Chair of the United Nations Security Council for NAMUN 2017.  In 2016, Julia founded and now serves as Secretary-General of the UN Women UofT club, where she organized the first ever Gender Equality Conference in support of UN Women’s Planet 50:50 campaign. Currently, Julia works with Dr. Ruben Gaztambide-Fernandez as an assistant researcher at the Centre for Urban Schooling. Outside of school, Julia completed a year-long internship at a Litigation and Estates firm and is currently employed as a summer legal administrative assistant at the same firm. Julia hopes to one day study Fashion law or Refugee law.

Spencer Gravelle: Venue Manager

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I’m a third year student doing a philosophy specialist and political science minor. I’ve been involved with mock trials every year since I was in high school. Given that these were some of the best extra curricular experiences I have had, I want to help with organizing now so that other people get a chance to have great experiences with an introduction to law.

Tiffany Bouchard: Finance Officer

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I’m a third year student double majoring in Philosophy and Criminology. I look forward to being a part of UTPLS Mock Trials and providing students with the opportunity to experience a part of the legal world first hand. I truly believe mock events are a great way to garner an understanding of a certain field. Studying something academically and putting it into practice are very different skills and I believe that, in this case, the Mock Trials are a great way to realize one’s passions in the legal field. Even if not thinking of pursuing a career in law, Mock Trials can provide an amazing opportunity to step out of your comfort zone and try new something new!

Samantha Sunga: Volunteer Coordinator

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Currently in 2nd year and will be starting a double major in Peace, Conflict and Justice and Political Science with a minor in Equity! UTPLS presents me not only with the opportunity to enhance the skills I will require in my future endeavours, but also presents the ability to experience the thrill and enjoyment of working within the legal system. With the numerous events that UTPLS holds, I look forward to working with other individuals who are passionate in pursuing legal careers and meeting those who already uphold a notable position within our current legal system.

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