Law

Black women leading in the field of law!

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Vivian Ntiri

Lawyer

Vivian

Vivian Ntiri is a Litigation Associate in the Toronto office of McCarthy Tétrault LLP, a national Canadian law firm. She maintains a general litigation practice which includes commercial litigation and medical malpractice. She received her JD from the Canadian and American Dual JD Program at the University of Windsor Faculty of Law and the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, where she graduated with Latin honours. She also holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree from McMaster University in Earth and Environmental Science (concentration in aqueous environmental biochemistry), and a minor in Geographical Information Systems (GIS). Vivian was called to the Ontario bar and the New York bar in 2018 and is licensed to practice in both jurisdictions. After taking a course on environmental law and policy in her third year of her undergraduate studies, Vivian realized practicing law would allow her to develop and exercise her problem-solving and communication skills and eventually move to an international setting. She has a keen interest in finding practical solutions for complex issues, particularly those that intersect with mining, natural resources, and technology. She also enjoys constantly learning about new concepts and has strong passion for advocacy, which are essential to the practice of law. She hopes to set up a transnational legal practice in West Africa and North America in the future. In her spare time, Vivian enjoys reading, watching movies, singing, writing poetry, and cooking. 

Shani O.

Lawyer

I am an advocate who is passionate about community-based organizing, empowering disenfranchised and vulnerable communities and working with children and youth. I was raised in Mississauga but I moved to Ottawa after high school to complete my undergraduate degree in criminology and women’s studies at the University of Ottawa. I returned to Toronto to complete law school at Osgoode Hall Law School (York University). After law school, I articled (aka interned) at the Office of the Children’s Lawyer, where I represented youth under the age of 18 in the areas of child welfare, family law, and estates matters. Once I became licensed as a lawyer, I worked briefly as a family lawyer at a law firm in Toronto. I currently work at Humber College as a Project Manager of their Healthy & Inclusive Campus/Equity, Diversity & Inclusion programs.

I am a proud Ghanaian-Canadian, and I love giving back to the community that raised me! I am an active member of the Ghanaian-Canadian Association of Ontario and participate in various initiatives in order to support the youth in my community.

I am at the beginning of my career, so I definitely don’t have all the answers. However, I am happy to share my experiences as a young Black woman related to carving out my own unique career path, staying grounded and humble, managing finances and practising self-care!

Laura Wilson-Lewis

Lawyer

Laura Wilson-Lewis is a lawyer and the owner and operator of Wilson-Lewis Law, located in downtown Toronto. Laura maintains an entertainment law practice, where helps creatives to protect their art, focusing primarily on individuals in the music industry. She also conducts human rights/workplace investigations at colleges and universities in Ontario. Prior to starting her own firm, Laura worked in an in-house counsel role at a large organization and handled various matters relating to equity, diversity and inclusion within the legal professions.

Laura graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2015 and was called to the Ontario Bar in 2016. Before law school, Laura attended Alabama A&M University on a full athletic scholarship (volleyball) and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics. She then completed her Master of Science degree in Medical Biophysics at Western University.

Laura is looking forward to sharing her tips, tricks and experiences with mentees who are interested in pursuing a legal career. She is grateful to have incredible mentors who have helped her grow personally and professionally, and is excited to be a mentor in the netWORKING Project at WHIWH to pay it forward for the next generation.

Tonya Kent

Lawyer

I am a young lawyer that is 34 years old.  I practice criminal law all over the GTA at a downtown Toronto office.  I attended York University and went to law school all the way in Saskatchewan at the University of Saskatchewan.

I do a Brazilian martial art called Capoeira, and although I have been unable to go as often due to work, I still enjoy it. I enjoy relaxing evenings and have no issue with meeting up at a nice restaurant or taking advantage of half price wings, or just simply meeting at a Starbucks.  I am flexible with location, as I travel around the city for work a lot anyway and understand that transit is a mode of transportation a lot of young people and need flexibility so that meetings are accessible.

I am passionate about reproductive justice and I am a member of the board at an abortion clinic as well as belong to the Criminal Lawyers’ Association of Ontario as a member of both the women’s committee and the recent call committee.

In regards to the type of support I hope to give, I would be available by text and email mostly, but phone calls in the evenings or if you just simply tell me you need a phone call to talk about school and the path you want to take, work advice and how to deal with difficult situations, discussions about micro aggressions and racism in your environment and how to cope, how to mold your volunteer and work experiences into a career you want, assistance (with notice) with school or employment applications and what kinds of things you should be mentioning, or even just some life advice if you feel comfortable with sharing such aspects of your life with me.

Georgina Stanley

Law Clerk

Hello, my name is Georgina and I am excited to be a part of the netWORKING mentorship program.   I was born and raised in Toronto.  I am a mother of three children and the youngest of four children.  I graduated from Seneca College and have been working as a Law Clerk for over 20 years, which has provided me with great organizational skills, the ability to work with difficult personalities and time management skills that I will able to share with my mentee.  My true passion is Event Planning, as such I am an active member of our Social Committee and United Way Team which has afforded me the opportunity to organize, fundraise and participate in various events.  I am constantly looking for ways to grow and firmly believe that you are never too old to learn.  I enjoy cooking and travelling.  I am looking forward to getting to know the women in this program and look forward to assisting young women as they navigate their journey to success.

For further information on the process please contact Amma Gyamfowa :

(416)593-7655 (EXT 4884) OR email Amma@whiwh.com

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