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The Wine & Cheese Fundraiser is an annual networking event held in January of each year. It is designed to bring students and legal professionals together in addition to raising funds for the Society.

The 2019 iteration was held at Arta Art Gallery in the Distillery District and boasted a live band, appetizers, art displays, networking, and a silent auction.

Photography by Maria Smirnova.

International Law School Panel

June 17, 2019

This panel was held to inform undergraduate students about options they may have to attend law schools in the UK, US, and Australia! Speakers discussed differences in application processes, what makes a successful applicant, differences in lifestyles and living conditions, as well as the financial differences between countries and options. A video copy of the event is available here. A text transcription of the event is available here.

Law Day

September 14, 2018 & September 13, 2019

Law Day is UTPLS’s annual legal conference. The primary focus of the conference is to introduce students to the Pre-Law Society and its many portfolios and opportunities! Representatives from the various facets of Pre-Law are present to answer questions and generally inform students regarding how they can get further involved with the Society and with law school or legal career prep! As well, students have the opportunity to meet and speak with law school representatives from Canada, the US, England, and Australia, and LSAT providers. This affords them the ability to receive assistance regarding their law school applications.

Clubs Fair & Street Festival

September 5 & 12, 2018, September 4 & 12, 2019

The UTPLS is proud to attend the UTSU’s Clubs Fair and Street Festival annually. Representatives from the UTPLS Executive team attend to greet incoming (and continuing) UofT students and introduce them to the Society!

Careers in Law Panel

March 14, 2019

This panel featured guests from a breadth of legal fields including: Immigration Law, Criminal Law and Foreign Policy. Panelists discussed their careers, career paths, and the details of their work.
Panelists included: Jerry Leung: Counselor for Toronto Police Services; Carol Shirtliff: Principal and Shirtliff-Hinds Law; Christopher Betty: Associate at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP specializing in Life Science Corporate Finance and Securities Registrant Regulation; and Caryma Sa’d: Marijuana/Cannabis Lawyer, Landlord/Tenant Lawyer, and LSO bencher candidate.

10 Things I Wish I Knew Before Going to Law School

March 7, 2019

Applying and entering into law school can be challenging, which is why we invited David Quayat, to speak to students about his experiences in law school and in his legal profession to help guide students on their path to becoming a great lawyer! A video recording of this event is available here.

David Quayat is Crown Counsel with the Public Prosecution Service of Canada (PPSC), where he conducts trials and appeals on a range of issues including narcotics, terrorism, and regulatory offences. Prior to joining the PPSC, David practised internationally, including in Washington, D.C., and was legal counsel to a number of foreign states in a variety of international trade law matters, including before the World Trade Organization. He has also litigated cases in Canada and the United States related to diplomatic and sovereign immunity. David has published a number of articles on diplomatic immunity, sovereign immunity, the North American Free Trade Agreement and international trade. He serves as the National Administrator of the Canadian Rounds of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition.

Unlocking the Truth: Wrongful Convictions

October 18, 2018

This event, held as a joint collaboration between the Hart House Social Justice Committee, CRIMSA, Innocence Canada Volunteers, UTPLS, Amnesty International UofT and ASSU, was a discussion with Innocence Canada, a non-profit organization dedicated to identifying, advocating for, and exonerating individuals who have been convicted of a crime they did not commit and to prevent wrongful convictions through legal education and reform.

The panel featured Win Wahrer and Maria Shepherd. Win is the Co-Founder and Director of Client Services of Innocence Canada. Maria is one of Innocence Canada's 22 exonerees and is on the Board of Directors of Innocence Canada.