Anna Nabutovsky, President

Anna Nabutovsky is a fourth-year Trinity College student pursuing a specialist in psychology and a major in statistics. Her involvement with the UTPLS community started when she began mooting during her first year at UofT. Since that point she has been avidly involved in the UTPLS both as a competitor and an executive.

As a competitor, Anna has won numerous awards in both Mooting and Mock Trial competitions. Her positive experiences inspired Anna to run and serve as the UTPLS Vice-President for the 2018-19 year. During her term as VP, she introduced a number of new events and initiatives, and was awarded for Excellence as a Club Executive by the University of Toronto Student Union (UTSU).

In addition to serving as UTPLS President, Anna is involved in undergraduate research in psychology and works as a legal assistant at Steven Tress Law. In pursuing the former, she currently works with two Professors at UofT, researching perceptions of sexual predators and the neurological correlates of intuition. Anna is also excited to have been selected for a 13 month international research program in Behavioural Economics.

This year Anna is excited to contribute to the UTPLS community by facilitating the expansion of all the portfolios. For instance, Anna is excited to take the UTPLS international by expanding the Mooting and Mock Trial programs to include competitions abroad, and introducing a comprehensive global law school admissions series.

If you have any questions about the upcoming year, please do not hesitate to contact her at


Maria Hutt, Vice President

Maria is a fourth year Victoria University student pursuing a double major in Peace, Conflict & Justice and Political Science, and a minor in History. She is the Vice President for UTPLS for the 2019-2020 school year.

Maria has been actively involved in the Pre-Law Society since her first year at UofT when she competed at Osgoode Cup. She has since competed in a total of six moot competitions, as well as UTPLS's two Mock Trial competitions. She has placed at numerous competitions, most notably placing first in last year's (2018) Mock Trial Competition. Maria was also involved on last year’s Executive team, serving as Finance Director. She is excited to continue to be actively (if not overly) involved with the Society this year as an Executive Member, competitor, and a mentor!

As you can infer from her involvement with the UTPLS, Maria intends to pursue a law degree after her undergraduate studies and has been working at a Law Office for over four years in order to further this goal. She (along with many of her colleagues) has been preparing for the LSAT and upcoming law school applications. In addition to her legal studies, Maria teaches piano and is studying for her ARCT.

Maria can be reached at


Ian MacDonald, Finance Director

Ian MacDonald is a fourth year University College student pursuing a major in Criminology & Sociolegal Studies, with a double minor in Philosophy and Political Science. 

Ian joined the UTPLS community last year when he took part in several Mooting competitions. He recognized and enjoyed the amazing opportunities provided by the UTPLS, prompting him to become more involved this year as part of the executive team. As the Finance Director for the upcoming year, Ian will take part in the financial planning of several exciting events, as well as setting up scholarships for Mooting and Mock Trial competitions to ensure equitable access for UTPLS members. Ian is excited to bring his organization and management skills to ensure the smooth operation of the UTPLS. 

Outside of his involvement in the UTPLS, Ian competes and is team manager for the Varsity Blues Mountain Bike Team. He is also on the Criminology Students’ Association (CRIMSA) executive this year, serving as the Communications Director. 

Evidently, Ian hopes to pursue a career in law after graduating. He is especially interested in Canadian criminal law, as well as the social understanding and reactions to law more generally. Ian looks forward to serving the UTPLS community and providing all members with support in achieving their future goals. 

Ian can be reached at for all financial matters. 

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Luisa Juarez, Communications Director 

Luisa Juarez is a fourth year Woodsworth College student pursuing a double major in Equity Studies and Political Science and a minor in Philosophy.

This is Luisa’s first time being apart of the UTPLS Executive team as this year’s communications director. With this position, Luisa manages several of the UTPLS related social media pages as well as keeping communication with the over 200 members affiliated with UTPLS and its various sponsors and partners.

What drove Luisa to become a member of UTPLS was her passion to promote and ensure fair and equal rights and treatment to those who may not be well represented in society. Her background as an Equity Studies major is her main motivation to pursue law school. Through her courses Luisa has developed an interest in activism for social issues. As an immigrant herself, Luisa is very passionate about politics, especially regarding immigration. Luisa hopes to further her education in the legal field to work towards a position to advocate for immigration laws with the government.

Apart from Luisa’s academic career and future ambitions, Luisa is aiming to pursue a Parliamentary internship with the GreenPAC Organization. This position would give her a greater access to the inner-workings of Parliament in Ottawa as well as putting her in a position that peeks her interests in activism as it it tailored to promoting and supporting political party leaders advocating for stronger environmental policies here in Canada.

Luisa can be reached at regarding any inquiries directed to the UTPLS.

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Efe Akan, Events Director

Efe Akan is a third year student pursuing a specialist in philosophy. His academic interests include but not limited to Continental Philosophy (especially existentialism), Ancient Philosophy (particularly Plato), and the intersection of law and philosophy. 

He is the Events Director of UTPLS for the 2019-2020 school year. He became interested in law during the second year of his undergraduate studies, and he loved what law as an institution can offer and lawyers as actors can do. Finding a field where he can channel his ambitions and passions for moral thinking, analytical thinking, and writing, he decided to dedicate himself to the field of law from then onwards. 

His involvement with UTPLS began during that time (second year of his undergraduate studies) where he become a member and a mentee. As a mentee, having a great mentor- who was the former president of the UTPLS (Solomiya), he gained insight into UTPLS community and decided to take responsibilities and leadership roles in the years to come.

As one of this year’s Events Directors, he will be organizing, overseeing, and directing both the law-related events and the socials which will aim to inform people about the field of law and create a sense of community within UTPLS. 

Outside of UTPLS, Efe is an editor for the history and philosophy of science journal ALMAGEST, and recently finished his summer internship in the Istanbul Office of Baker & McKenzie. He is an avid reader of literature (drama, tragedy, and poetry are his favourite genres). He also enjoys fine dining, trying-out new coffee shops, walking and running in the city while listening to upbeat music. 

Efe can be reached at regarding any event related matters.


Sara Rasikh, Events Director

Sara Rasikh is a second-year Trinity College student pursuing a double-major in Ethics, Society & Law and Equity Studies. She is the Events Director for the University of Toronto’s Pre-Law Society this academic year.

Sara is fuelled by her passion for understanding the relations between Equity and Law in society. She strongly believes in the importance of turning knowledge into action, and is thus working in philanthropy with various charitable organizations.

Her interest in the field of Law was sparked when she was in high-school, where she became the President of the Mock-Trial, Debate, and Model United Nations teams. Just last year, she also placed as a Finalist in the UTPLS’s Mock-Trial competition. Sara hopes to pursue a Law degree after her undergraduate, as her goal is to be a Lawyer. 

This year, Sara will transfer the skills that she has acquired in her previous leadership positions, and apply them to the work she leads. As a matter of fact, she hopes to further develop her communication, management, and delegation skills through her involvement with the UTPLS as an Events Director.

If you have any questions about the upcoming year or its various events, please do not hesitate to contact Sara at

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Bill Xu, Mooting Director


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Benjamin Mac-Lean Max, Mooting Director


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Caroline Chen, Mock Trial Director



Maryam Aziz, Mock Trial Director



Sasha Aristotle, Intra Vires Co-Editor-in-Chief



Yakin Ebsim, Intra Vires Co-Editor-in-Chief

Yakin Ebsim is a fourth year student pursuing a specialist in History with a minor in Philosophy. With an interest in political history, she became interested in the law as it is inexorably tied to the larger political systems that it rests upon.

Yakin initially became involved in her first year as a First Year Representative for UTPLS and a Junior editor for University of Toronto’s Undergraduate Law Journal Intra Vires. Her skills from her history degree naturally drew her to greater involvement in the editorial process of the academic journal.

As this year’s Editor-in-Chief of Intra Vires, she will be overseeing and managing the entire reviewing, editing and publishing process alongside the other Editor-in-Chief, Sasha Aristotle. She looks forward to improving the quality and transparency of the editorial process and introduce new events to expand the reach of the journal.

Outside UTPLS, Yakin is a history research assistant investigating state formation and state collapse, an editor for the Canadian Journal on the Responsibility to Protect, and in her spare time enjoys reading works of fiction outside her field of study.

Yakin can be reached at

Join the Team

Communications Board

The Communications Board is typically hired in May for the following year. Applications for 2019-2020 are currently closed.

First & Second Year Representatives

First and Second Year Representatives are selected in September. Details regarding applications for 2019-2020 will be updated here as they become available.

Equity Manager

The Equity Manager is typically hired in May for the following year. Applications for 2019-2020 are currently closed.

Mentorship Coordinator

The Mentorship Coordinator(s) is typically hired in May for the following year. Applications for 2019-2020 are currently closed.

Mooting & Mock Trial Boards

Mooting and Mock Trial Boards are selected in May for the upcoming year. Applications for 2019-2020 are currently closed.

Executive Team

Elections are held annually in March for the upcoming year’s Executive Team. Details regarding applications for 2020-2021 will be updated here as they become available.