Ambassador Profiles

The 2019-2020 Law Student Ambassadors are pleased to correspond with prospective or admitted JD students. To contact an ambassador, please email ambassadors@allard.ubc.ca

Abigail Owen

Abigail was born and raised in Victoria, BC. She graduated from The University of Victoria with a BA in Psychology, with distinction, in 2016. Her research concentration was on cyclical, intergenerational violence in families. During her undergrad, Abby traveled extensively throughout Europe and North America, and took a gap year after completing her degree to continue travelling.

In 2018, Abby moved to Vancouver to begin the JD program at the Peter A. Allard School of Law. She has now completed her first year and looks forward to returning for summer classes and 2L. During her first year, she was elected as a member of the Allard Law Student’s Society and will continue this work in her second year after winning a subsequent election in the spring of 2019. Additionally, she was involved with the Allard Women’s Caucus. Abby's first year was punctuated by mandatory weekly visits to her favorite local Thai restaurant - a practice she has now perfected.

When not at Allard, Abby enjoys cooking (mostly eating), travelling, watching the US version of The Office, and jigsaw puzzles. She is also passionate about her two dogs and robust shoe collection.

Abigail Ywaya

Abigail is proud to say she was born in Nairobi, Kenya and has lived for exactly half her life in Surrey, BC. Abigail studied Global Issues at Simon Fraser University at both the Surrey and Burnaby campuses for her first year, before transferring to UBC for her 2nd and 3rd year of International Relations. In this time, Abigail was a Residence Advisor at Marine Drive and she maintains it is the best residence on campus. She is proud to say she has inhabited the law library since transferring to UBC, and secured a "spot."

During her first year of law school, Abigail continued to inhabit the law library, and even moved spots. Given her background, Abigail is interested in a broad range of issues but is mostly excited to fulfill her high school debater dreams of being a lawyer. In her summers, Abigail worked first as a legal intern at an apparel company and then as a summer articling student at a national law firm.

Outside of law school, Abigail attempts to play the ukulele and the guitar (and most recently: the guitarlele). As a Vancouverite, her bio would not be complete without saying she loves hiking, but in that she means only hikes including glacial lakes. She has also taken up learning extremely long jokes. Feel free to ask her about meal prepping, her favourite teas, puns, ice-cream recipes, essential Vancouver instagram locations, and how to stay warm as a cold individual

Amy Schwab

Amy was born and raised on Vancouver Island and is Ojibwe Metis. Amy completed her undergraduate degree in the Faculty of Forestry at UBC with a B.Sc. in Conservation.

At Peter A. Allard Scholl of Law, Amy will be a second year law student in September. During her first year at Allard, Amy was involved with the Indigenous Law Students' Association (ILSA), UBC Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) and the Law Students' Legal Advice Program (LSLAP). Amy’s main areas of interest are in Criminal and Environmental law. Over the summer she will be working as a Research Assistant and as the Summer Program Coordinator at the Indigenous Health Research and Education Garden (IHREG) at UBC.

Looking forward, Amy is most excited about being Co-President of SALDF, continuing as a clinic head with the LSLAP and working with the Innocence Project.

Angus Shaw

Angus was raised in southern Alberta on a ranch and studied International Relations and German Studies at the University of Calgary. After a couple of exchanges in Europe, he moved there after his degree and lived in Germany, Sweden, and the UK for several years. He moved back to Canada and landed in Vancouver, his favourite city in Canada. Before law school, he worked for a large tech company as a technician and staff trainer, and operated his own interior design business for five years.  

During his first year, he volunteered with Pro Bono Students Canada, researching human rights abuses in Turkey, delivered legal workshops to high school students with Legal Education Outreach, and joined OutLaws, the LGBTQ2+ club, as an Executive for 2019 and 2020. 

Outside of law school, Angus is an avid cyclist, volunteers for Vancouver’s largest LGBTQ2+ soccer league, and spends time with his family - and his new puppy. You can usually find Angus either commuting from downtown to law school on his bicycle, working in the Nest as the AMS Advocacy Coordinator, or on a soccer field somewhere in Vancouver. 

Anika Klassen

Anika was raised in Tsawwassen, BC. She attended Queen’s University in Kingston, ON where she completed her undergraduate Bachelor of Commerce degree. During that time, she studied abroad for a semester in Bath, England. After graduating, Anika was excited to return to Vancouver to attend Allard.

Throughout her first year of law school, she was a First Year Representative for the Allard Law and Business Society (ALBS), Co-Coordinator of the Women’s Caucus Clothing Drive, a member of the “Serving Justice” recreational volleyball team, and an Assistant Editor for the UBC Law Review. 

In the fall, Anika will begin her second year at Allard as Co-President of the ALBS, Co-President of the Women’s Caucus, and Associate Business Manager on the UBC Law Review Board of Directors. She looks forward to continuing to take advantage of Allard’s various learning opportunities—both inside and outside of the classroom—as well as exploring the Business Law Concentration.

Outside of law school, Anika enjoys playing softball & volleyball, volunteering with kids, and trying new cooking recipes!

Carson Bell

Carson is a third year law student born and raised in Richmond, BC. Prior to attending Allard Law, he moved to Vancouver Island where he graduated from the University of Victoria with a Bachelor of Commerce specializing in international business. Wanting to visit some of the countries he studied in class, Carson took a year off after completing his undergraduate degree to travel through parts of Asia and Europe. 

During his first and second years at Allard, Carson has been lucky enough to work with many of the school’s volunteer programs including Legal Education Outreach (LEO) and Pro Bono Students Canada (PBSC). Carson has also taken advantage of a number of different clubs student lead clubs and groups such as the Sports, Entertainment, and Law Society (SEALS), OutLaws (a group promoting LGBTQIA+ students in Law), and a recreational volleyball team. The variety of school groups and organizations lead by faculty and students is one of the aspects of Allard Law Carson appreciates the most. 

Outside of law school, Carson likes to carve out some time to go for a run, play piano, or head to an improv or comedy show. Carson is excited to meet new and prospective students, and looks forward to sharing more about why he’s so passionate about Allard Law.

Emma Hobbs

Emma was born and raised in London, Ontario. She graduated from The University of Western Ontario with a BSc in Biology in 2013 and an MSc in Ecology and Evolution in 2015. After graduating from her Master’s, she took a year off to work in municipal government, travel, and lead a two month Arctic canoe trip before starting at the Allard School of Law in 2017.

At Allard, Emma is now a third year student. She has volunteered with Pro Bono Students Canada, the Allard Law Students’ Society Social Council and was a co-chair of the Allard Environmental Law Group. She was also lucky enough to participate in the pilot year of the Allard Indigenous Legal Studies Program Cultural Competency Certificate and completed the Indigenous Community Legal Clinic in Spring 2019. Emma was the Orientation Coordinator for the class of 2021.

Emma is looking forward to working at a law firm in downtown Vancouver this summer.

Outside of law school, Emma loves cooking, biking, paddling and spending time exploring the outdoors around Vancouver.

Hasna Syed

Hasna is a second-year law student who completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto (U of T) in Political Science and her Master’s degree at the London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE). After graduate school, Hasna gained an interest in international law and interned with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). During her first year at Allard, Hasna was a representative on the Mental Health & Wellbeing Committee and the Careers Committee.

Outside of law school, Hasna loves being outdoors, travelling, and writing music with her siblings. She has performed at the Pan Am Games and currently has a song featured with the UN’s Music Against Child Labour Campaign. Hasna is excited to meet with prospective and new students. Feel free to contact her with questions!

Jacqueline Yan

Jacqueline is a second-year law student who grew up in Richmond. She completed her Bachelor of Commerce degree with a major in Finance at UBC and spent a summer semester abroad at the Copenhagen Business School.

She loved her time at UBC, so Jacqueline decided to stay in Vancouver to complete her law degree. In her first year at Allard, she volunteered with the Law Students’ Legal Advice Program, participated in the Allard Law Outdoors Club, and played on the Allard intramurals basketball team. Jacqueline is currently a student coordinator for the Hoop-Law Charity Basketball Tournament and will be working at a government agency over the summer.

Outside of law school, Jacqueline loves hiking, biking, and finding new weekend brunch spots. Jacqueline looks forward to connecting with prospective and incoming students to share her experience thus far at Allard.

Jared Knott

Jared was born and raised in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, and is member of the Kelly Lake Cree Nation whose traditional territory is in Jasper, Alberta. Jared completed his Bachelor of Arts at UBC, majoring in anthropology. Jared was also a member of the Thunderbirds varsity men’s hockey team during his undergrad.

Jared is currently an executive member of both the men’s rugby and hockey teams at Allard. Jared will be the president of Allard’s Sports and Entertainment Law Club in 2019-2020. Jared will be completing the Indigenous Community Legal Clinic in the 2020 spring semester.

In his spare time, Jared enjoys spending time outdoors, practicing hot yoga, and attending live music shows throughout the city. Jared is excited to meet with prospective and incoming students to speak about his experiences at Allard, the university campus as a whole, and the City of Vancouver itself.

Jonathan Longcroft

Jonathan was born and raised on the North Shore of Vancouver and is a current JD/MBA candidate, having finished his first year of the JD program at Allard and a year of his MBA program at Sauder. Jonathan completed his undergraduate degree at Harvard University where he graduated cum laude in his concentration of study, Economics, and where he also completed a secondary field of study in Statistics. During his undergrad, Jonathan traveled extensively through the Middle East and Asia and completed internships in Israel and China in the renewable energy sector. After completing his undergraduate degree, Jonathan worked in the investment banking industry for two years at a large national bank in New York. 

Jonathan returned to Vancouver in the summer of 2017 to start the JD program at Allard. In his first year, he was actively involved with the Legal Education Outreach program as well as the law school men’s rugby team. He looks forward to splitting his time between the Sauder School of Business and the Allard School of Law over the next two years and he is excited to engage with prospective students as an ambassador for the law school.

Junhyung Lee

Junhyung was born in Seoul, Korea but raised in Surrey, BC, after coming to Canada as a newborn baby. After graduating from a French immersion secondary school, he went to Simon Fraser University to receive his Bachelor of Arts and Social Sciences with a major in Psychology and a Legal Studies Certificate. At Allard, Junhyung is entering his third year of law school, where he hopes to complete the Business Law Specialization concentration. He is looking forward to working at a large national law firm this summer.

During his first year at Allard, Junhyung was actively involved in the Law Student’s Legal Advice Program and the Legal Education Outreach Program. He also volunteered with and participated in the Hoop-Law Charity Basketball Tournament. In his second year of law school, Junhyung worked part-time as a legal intern at a local startup technology company.

In his free time, Junhyung plays competitive soccer in a local league, loves playing any and all sports with friends and enjoys hiking/backpacking the beautiful mountains of BC. He is also able to speak French and Korean. Please feel free to contact him with any questions!

Kelsey Stuckert

Kelsey grew up outside Vancouver in Port Coquitlam. She attended Simon Fraser University for her undergrad in communications. After completing her bachelor's degree, she took a year off to travel before coming to law school.

During her first year at Allard she was involved in some of the social justice initiatives. Kelsey also completed the Cultural Competency Certificate and thought it was a great addition to her education. In the summer after 1L she worked at a family law firm in downtown Vancouver. For the upcoming year she will be the ALSS Public Interest Careers Representative and will be completing the Indigenous Community Legal Clinic.

In her spare time Kelsey enjoys spending time outdoors. She likes to bike and hike around Vancouver, as well as travel abroad whenever possible. Kelsey is excited to meet prospective and incoming students and provide any information they may need about law school.

Kiera Stel

Kiera grew up in different parts of interior British Columbia. For university, she moved to the Maritimes, and in 2018, she completed a BA (hons) in History with a minor in English at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick. During her undergrad, Kiera was involved in student government. She also volunteered at a retirement home, as a mentor to international students, and with the university musical theatre program.

In 2018, Kiera moved to Vancouver for law school. During her first year, she was involved with the UBC Law Review and the Women’s Caucus. She also was elected as an academic representative to the Allard Law Student’s Society. This summer, Kiera holds the position of Orientation Coordinator at Allard Law for the class of 2022. In her second year, Kiera will spend a semester at the Indigenous Community Legal Clinic.

Outside of law school, Kiera likes to bake bread and various desserts. She also enjoys spending time hiking, hanging out with her family, and enjoying Vancouver’s various beaches. Please feel free to contact her if you have any questions!

Leah Singer

Leah is a third-year law student who was born and raised in Burnaby. She completed her undergraduate studies at UBC in Commerce, and worked in co-op positions with the federal government and at a recruitment agency. During her undergrad she spent a semester abroad in Dublin, Ireland. 

In her time at Allard, Leah has been on the Careers Committee, volunteered as a clinician with the Law Students’ Legal Advice Program (LSLAP), volunteered as a peer tutor, been a member of the Women's Caucus, and taken part in the Business Law Clinic. Last year Leah worked in the Careers Services Office as their summer student, and she is looking forward to working at a law firm in downtown Vancouver this summer.

Outside of school, Leah enjoys baking (and eating) dessert, spending time at the beach, and hanging out with family and friends.

Melissa Wells

Melissa is a third-year law student who was born and raised in Vancouver. She completed her undergraduate degree in Cognitive Science and Economics at McGill University and spent a semester abroad in London, England. Missing the West Coast, she moved back to Vancouver and worked as a Trial and Discovery Coordinator at a downtown law firm before entering law school. This summer, she will work as a temporary articled student at large global law firm. 

During her first year at Allard, Melissa was involved in the Law Students’ Legal Advice Program, Legal Education Outreach Program, Women’s Caucus, and Intellectual Property Club. Melissa is currently one of the student coordinators for the Charity Hoop-Law Basketball Tournament and is working for the Centre for Business Law at the Peter A. Allard School of Law. In her second year, she was a clinician for the Business Law Clinic during the spring term.

In her free time, Melissa loves to ski, hike, cycle, try new restaurants, and play board games. She also enjoys traveling and exploring new countries. She will be spending her final semester on exchange at the National University of Singapore. Melissa is looking forward to meeting with prospective students and sharing both her enthusiasm for Allard and her experience navigating through law school.

Miranda Gartner

Miranda is entering her final year at Allard Law. She was born and raised in a small rural community before obtaining an undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Saskatchewan. Ready for a change of scenery, she decided to move to the west coast to attend law school. 

During her first two years as a student at Allard Law, Miranda volunteered for the Law Students' Legal Advice Program (LSLAP), and through Pro Bono Students Canada (PBSC) she volunteered for Access Pro Bono's Civil Chambers Program. She is also an active member of the Allard Law Women's Caucus, and was elected as VP Internal Affairs during the last school year. Miranda participated in the Criminal Law Clinic during her second year to gain hands-on experience with criminal defence work, and looks forward to participating in the Innocence Project during her third year. She plans on completing the Law and Social Justice specialization. 

In her free time, Miranda enjoys playing on the Allard Law volleyball team and hiking. She is also on a quest to find the best brunch spot in the city. She loves talking with prospective students about law school, so feel free to reach out to her if you have any questions!

Nikhil Pandey

Nikhil was born in Winnipeg and raised in Vancouver. He completed his undergraduate degree with a double-major in Economics and International Relations from the University of Toronto. During his undergrad, Nikhil also worked for the Canada Border Services Agency.

Nikhil is currently in his final year of law school. He is interested in litigation and corporate law and was involved in the Corporate Counsel Externship during his second year. Over the summer, Nikhil will be working at a large national law firm. He will also be completing a judicial clerkship in British Columbia following graduation.

In his first and second year, Nikhil was involved with Pro Bono Students Canada where he worked as a Volunteer Legal Advocate with the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada. Nikhil was also a member of Allard’s soccer and futsal teams. Outside of law school, he enjoys playing sports, practicing martial arts, and gaming. Nikhil is keen to hear from prospective students and is looking forward to sharing all that Allard has to offer.

Osaro Obaseki

Osaro was born in Benin-City, Nigeria and grew up in East Vancouver. After playing one year of varsity basketball with the Vancouver Island University Mariners, Osaro moved to Calgary, Alberta, where he completed his Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice at Mount Royal University. 

Osaro is a third-year student who is heavily involved with the UBC chapter of the Black Law Student Association. He works part-time with the Alma Mater Society (AMS) and spent his second-year summer working at a public interest organization in Vancouver. 

During his first year at Allard Law, Osaro was involved with the Legal Education Outreach program, volunteered with the UBC AMS Student Advocacy Office, and worked part-time as a basketball official with the UBC Rec Nitobe basketball league.

Outside of law school, Osaro enjoys sports, finding cheap-eats, and making extravagant travel plans that he can only hope to afford someday. Please feel free to reach out to him if you have any questions.

Ping Tomczyk

Ping is an international student of mixed French and Taiwanese descent from Singapore. He served two years as an Inspector at the Singapore Police Force before moving to Canada for university when he was 21. He completed his undergraduate studies at UBC in Psychology while working in two research laboratories which investigated cognition and the biomarkers of behavior.

Ping will be returning to the Allard School of Law as a third-year student. This last summer, he worked at a large downtown law firm where he focused on developing his business and corporate law interests as a summer student. During law school, Ping has volunteered with the Law Student’s Legal Advice Program (LSLAP), and has participated in a number of student clubs. He enjoys engaging with his peers at social events hosted by the law school.

Outside of school, Ping likes to spend time with friends, explore new restaurants, play computer games, and exercise. 

Sarina Gill

Sarina grew up in Abbotsford, BC and received her undergraduate degree from UBC in Psychology. During her first year at Allard she volunteered with ProBono Students Canada (PBSC), Legal Education Outreach, and the Women’s Caucus. In her second year, she continued to volunteer with PBSC and also worked as a receptionist, and later on as a research assistant. This summer Sarina will be working as a legal summer student with a large corporation’s in-house legal team. Outside of law school, Sarina enjoys spending time outdoors with her dog, baking, travelling, and dancing the night away with her friends. Sarina looks forward to meeting prospective and incoming students and answering any questions they may have about law school.

Sherry Rath

Sherry grew up in Edmonton, Alberta and is a member of the Métis Nation of Alberta (Lac St Anne Cree). She completed her BSc in Geophysics in 2016. She completed an MSc in Hydrogeological Engineering in 2017. Sherry then moved up north where she worked for a large national oil company. In the summer before law school, she time off to go travel southeast Asia to dive in the tropical waters of Koh Tao, Thailand.

During her first year of law school, Sherry was involved in UBC Law Review and attended social and networking events throughout the year. Her favourite events included jeopardy hosted by the Indigenous Legal Students Association during Indigenous Awareness Week and the infamous end of the year trike race. 

For fun, Sherry likes to snowboard, dive, dance, talk about whales, eat different kinds of food, and tell really corny dad jokes. Please reach out if you have any questions!

Tyra Soosay

Ambassador Tyra Soosay is a 2nd year Indigenous student with ancestry from the Sahtu Dene Nation (North West Territories) and Anishinaabe Nation (Ontario). She was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She has lived and worked across Canada in various capacities. Currently, she is living at UBC to continue her studies at Peter A Allard School of Law. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Manitoba with expertise in Sociology and Indigenous Studies. Tyra is an active member within the Indigenous Law Student Association, summering as a Research Assistant at Allard Hall. She participated in the Indigenous Cultural Competency Certificate during her first year. Tyra can give advice about how to start your legal adventure to law school in another province, what it’s like living in residence, and the many positive experiences she has had since starting law school at Allard Hall. 

Outside of law school, Tyra loves to travel, be involved with her Indigenous culture and ceremonies, and is actively investigating all the good food spots in Vancouver. Any questions are welcomed. She is rooting for you and open to supporting you on your next adventure! 

Victoria Tortora

Victoria is a second year law student who grew up in Coquitlam, BC. She completed her Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Political Science, at Simon Fraser University. It was during this time that Victoria volunteered with many social justice groups providing pro bono legal services, where she discovered her passion for law. 

During her first year at Allard, Victoria participated in the Indigenous Cultural Competency Certificate Program. She was also actively involved with the Law Students’ Legal Advice Program and Legal Education Outreach. Additionally, she was elected as a 1L representative on the Allard Law Students’ Society. Victoria currently holds the Summer Student position in the Career Services Office (CSO) at Allard.

Outside of law school, Victoria loves spending time with her family and friends. She also enjoys musical theatre, weight-lifting and trying new healthy recipes in the kitchen. She is extremely excited to meet prospective students and answer any questions!