UTPLS Executive 2018-2019
Solomiya Zakharchuk, President
Solomiya is currently in her fourth year double majoring in political science and criminology and minoring in philosophy. Over her undergraduate tenure she has participated in multiple moots, and co-directed U of T’s first Mock Trial Competition! Over the course of this next year, she is most excited to introduce a new scholarship program for financial need and high performing members and is very excited to introduce the UTPLS mentorship program connecting lower-year students with seniors. UTPLS has been her home during her undergraduate studies and she hopes to make it yours too! Solomiya loves working out, Zumba, and contemporary dance.
Anna Nabutovsky, Vice-President
Anna Nabutovsky is a third-year Trinity College student pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and statistics. Her involvement with the UTPLS community started when she began mooting during her first year at UofT. Since then, she has competed in a number of public-speaking competitions through the UTPLS and has placed as a semi-finalist and quarter-finalist. In addition to serving as UTPLS Vice-President, Anna is involved in undergraduate research in psychology and works as an online English teacher. Anna has also had the opportunity to work in the fields of law and marketing. This year she is excited to contribute to the UTPLS community by introducing several new events and initiatives with her co-VP and President. Some highlights include: an equity program, scholarship fund, billeting program, mentorship, and several new events. In her free time Anna pursues dance, and is a member of the Silhouettes Dance Company at UofT.
Maddie Freedman, Vice-President
Maddie is a fifth year student specializing in Canadian Studies with minors in Indigenous Studies and Human Geography. She is one of the co-vice presidents of the UTPLS this year, and is excited to be coordinating the new mentorship program, as well as helping with other logistical concerns for the society. She began her involvement in UTPLS in her second year, when she mooted at Osgoode Cup, ending the competition as a semi-finalist. She has continued to be involved in mooting, and was one of the founders of the UofT Mock Trial Competition last year. She also works as a cheerleading coach, and is a member of the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority on campus. This year she is competing on a cheerleading team hoping to go to World Championships at the end of April, and is looking forward to graduating in June!
Maria Hutt, Finance Director
Maria is a third year Victoria University student pursuing a double major in Peace, Conflict & Justice and Political Science, and a minor in History. Maria is the Finance Director for UTPLS for the 2018-19 school year, after becoming involved at a moot competition in her first year. She has since competed in a total of four moot competitions and last year’s first ever Mock Trial competition, placing as a semi-finalist. As you can infer from her involvement with UTPLS, Maria intends to pursue a law degree after her undergraduate studies, and has been working at a Law Office for the past four years in order to further this goal. In addition to her legal studies, Maria teaches piano and is studying for her ARCT.
Crystal Ng, Communications Director
Crystal is a third year student double majoring in International Relations and Global Health. As this year's Communications Director, she will be in charge of sending out newsletters and other UTPLS updates to members, communicating with external parties and UTPLS partners/sponsors, and maintaining UTPLS' social media platforms. She first joined UTPLS in her second year to help her figure out whether law was something she wished to pursue, and has also attended two very fun mooting competitions, the second of which she placed as a round of 16 finalist. Apart from UTPLS, she has been active in organizing Model UN conferences at UofT, and works part time. Crystal spends her scarce free time binge-watching a plethora of Netflix shows, and is currently looking forward to her exchange at NUS in January!
Arina Dimitrenko, Events Director
Arina is a third year student specializing in Political Science and minoring in European Studies. Working along side Chad as one of this year’s events directors, Arina co-manages the creation, organization and scheduling of UTPLS events. This is Arina’s first year on the executive, since she joined UTPLS near the end of her second year after a sudden realization she was interested in law. In addition to UTPLS, Arina is also an executive member of the European Studies Students’ Association and the University of Toronto Conservatives. Apart from being active in other clubs, Arina spends a chunk of her time working, leaving the remainder of her free time dedicated to listening to old Motown classics and fantasizing about elaborate cooking techniques.
Chad Melbourne, Events Director
Chad is a third-year student majoring in Ethics, Society & Law, while minoring in Political Science and Philosophy. As one of this year’s Events Directors, he will be in charge of facilitating events for UTPLS members, such as issue-based panels with professional speakers, law school information sessions, and social/networking events. Chad first joined UTPLS in his first year to help understand the process of pursuing a legal career. It wasn’t until his second year when he became more active in the club, by participating in the first ever mock trial competition. Apart from UTPLS, Chad is involved with Greek life on campus and works part-time. He spends his free time staying active by playing intramural hockey for Woodsworth College and by working out.
Ema Ibrakovic, Mooting Director
Ema Ibrakovic is a fourth-year student at Victoria College studying Ethics, Society & Law, Political Science, and Philosophy. Ema has returned for a second term as Mooting Director. Ema is also involved with the Ethics, Society & Law Students’ Associations, on which she serves as President. Ema started mooting in her second year, deciding to compete in a tournament on a whim. Her favourite moot case to date has been R v. Jordan, a case about the right to a timely trial. This year, Ema’s looking forward to refining and improving the UofT Cup, building a tighter-knit Moot Team, and exploring interesting legal issues.
Stefan Rus, Mooting Director
Stefan is a fourth year student studying International Relations and Economics. This year he is one of the UTPLS’ Mooting Directors whose role it is to organize the UofT Cup Undergraduate Mooting Tournament and to manage the UofT moot team. Stefan joined the UTPLS in his second year by attending Capital Cup, his first mooting tournament. Since then, he has gone on to another 4 competitions with his mooting partner and fellow Co-Director. In addition to Mooting, Stefan is also part of the Association of Political Science Students and the Romanian Students Club. In his spare time Stefan procrastinates doing readings by looking at memes.
Annie Hu, Mock Trial Director
Annie is a third year student pursuing a double major in Criminology and Music while minoring in Sociology. As this year’s Mock Trial Director, she will be responsible for organizing the annual UofT Mock Trial Competition in November alongside Maryam Aziz, her co-director. Annie had been involved with UTPLS since first year, because law has always been where her passion lies, especially with Criminal Law. In her free time, you will often catch Annie with a cup of tea, writing for The Varsity. You will also see her around campus as she works at the Woodsworth Residence’s front desk and at the Dean’s office. This year Annie is also the President of Woodsworth Residence Council. Alongside her interest in law and mentoring others, is her enthusiasm for music. She started piano at the age of 4, violin at the age of 5, and oboe at 14 - music has been a huge part of life and continue to be. Along the way of pursuing law, she also makes sure to indulge herself in the warm comfort of musical notes
Maryam Aziz, Mock Trial Director
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.
Sasha Aristotle, Intra Vires Co-Editor-in-Chief
Sasha is a third-year student majoring in History and double-minoring in English and Economics. She first became involved with pre-law at UofT as a First Year Representative for UTPLS and Intra Vires. As Intra Vires’ Editor-in-Chief, Sasha will be responsible for overseeing and facilitating the entire selection, reviewing, editing and publishing processes of the journal along with her co-Editor-in-Chief Yakin Ebsim. Sasha is especially interested in international and humanitarian applications of the law. Outside of Intra Vires and UTPLS, Sasha is involved with the Canadian International Council, Amnesty International, and the Canadian Centre for the Responsibility to Protect. Sasha is especially looking forward to studying abroad in London, England during the school year.
Yakin Ebsim, Intra Vires Co-Editor-in-Chief
Yakin is a third year student pursuing a specialist in History with a double minor in Philosophy and Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations. 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. Outside UTPLS, Yakin is also an editor for the Canadian Journal on the Responsibility to Protect and enjoys reading works of fiction outside her field of study.