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

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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, Abigail continued to inhabit the law library, and even moved spots. Given her background, Abigail is interested in a broad range of issues including immigration and refugee law but is mostly excited to fulfill her high school debater dreams of being a lawyer. In her first year summer, Abigail worked as a legal intern.

Outside of law school, Abigail attempts to play the ukulele and the guitar. 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

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Anika Klassen

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Carson Bell

Carson is a second year law student born and raised in Richmond, BC. Prior to attending the Allard School of 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 year at Allard, Carson has been lucky enough to work with some of the school’s volunteer programs such as Legal Education Outreach and Pro Bono Students Canada. Throughout the year, Carson has also taken advantage of a number of different clubs and groups lead by Allard students such as the Sports, Entertainment, and Law Society as well as OutLaws (a group promoting LGBTQA+ students in Law). He would be the first to argue that you’d be hard pressed to find a day of the week where one of the many different clubs at Allard Hall isn’t hosting an event. 

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 second year student. So far, she has volunteered with Pro Bono Students Canada, was a first year representative on the Allard Law Students’ Society Social Council and is 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. Emma currently holds the position of Orientation Coordinator for the incoming class of 2021.

Emma is looking forward to working at Allard in the summer, and to her clinical term in the Indigenous Community Legal Clinic next year.

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

Hasna Syed

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Jacqueline Yan

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Jared Knott

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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. 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 travelled 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 Deutsche Bank in New York City. 

Jonathan returned to Vancouver in the summer of 2017 to start the JD program at Allard Hall. 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 three 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. During his undergrad, he also spent one summer trialing and training with a Division 4 soccer team in Korea before deciding to come back and prepare for law school.

During his first year at Allard, despite commuting from the suburbs of Langley, Junhyung was actively involved in the Law Students’ Legal Advice Program and the Legal Education Outreach Program. He also volunteered with and participated in the Hoop-Law Charity Basketball Tournament. As a law student, Junhyung is interested in corporate law and hopes to complete the Business Law Specialization concentration at Allard. Now that he is almost done recovering from his ACL surgery, he also hopes to become more involved with the Allard sports and intramural teams.

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

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Leah Singer

Leah is a second year law student who was born and raised in Burnaby. She completed her undergraduate studies at UBC in Commerce, and worked in co-op jobs for the federal government and at a recruitment agency. She also spent a semester abroad in Dublin, Ireland. 

During her first year at Allard, Leah was elected as a first year representative on the Careers Committee, volunteered as a clinician with the Law Students’ Legal Advice Program (LSLAP), and volunteered with the Women's Caucus. Leah currently holds the position of summer student in the Careers Services Office (CSO). Leah is excited to be part of the Business Law Clinic starting in January 2019. 

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 second-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.

During her first year at Allard, Melissa was involved in the Law Students’ Legal Advice Program (LSLAP), 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. This coming year, she will be 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 – visiting 37 countries to date. Melissa is looking forward to meeting with prospective students and sharing both her enthusiasm for Allard and her experience navigating through law school. Please feel free to contact her if you have any questions!

Miranda Gartner

Miranda was raised in a small rural community in Saskatchewan and completed a B.A. in psychology at the University of Saskatchewan. During her first year at Allard, she was a member of the Allard Law Women's Caucus and the Allard Outdoors Club, volunteered for the Law Students' Legal Advice Program (LSLAP) and the Legal Education Outreach Program (LEO), and played on a recreational volleyball team. She's looking forward to participating in the Criminal Clinic next year and is planning on completing the Law and Social Justice specialization.

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 a second-year law student. He is interested in corporate law and will be involved in the Corporate Counsel Externship during the spring semester. Nikhil also hopes to participate in a semester exchange program during his time at Allard.

In his first 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 part 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, 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. 

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

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Sarina Gill

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Sherry Rath

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Tyra Soosay

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Victoria Tortora

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