Senator Boyer in conjunction with the Faculty of Law (Common Law Section) of the University of Ottawa, offers a Legislative Development Internship to law students who have completed their first year of the JD program.

This is a Student-Proposed Internship (SPI) where they complete 115 hours of unpaid law-related work in exchange for 3 academic units to be applied to their Fall or Winter term.

We are proud to showcase our Alumni!

Ally Memedovich

Before law school, Ally obtained her BHSc in Public Health with a concentration in Psychology from the University of Calgary. She is particularly interested in how health policy and other government policies impact people’s everyday lives. After law school, she is hoping to work in the public sector or alongside marginalized persons. When not reading for law school, Ally enjoys reading books for her book blog.

Ally expects to graduate law school in 2021 and expects to be called to the bar in 2022.

Alexander Baxter Healy

Alexander Baxter Healy completed his Senate internship working with the offices of both Senator Boyer and Senator Boniface. His work primarily focused on bills under consideration by the Senate committees on Human Rights and National Security and Defence.

Alex currently holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Ottawa (2019) as well as a Bachelor of Commerce with a minor in Economics from Mount Allison University in New Brunswick (2014). His studies at uOttawa concentrated in public and national security law, which led him to be selected to compete for Team Canada in the International Crisis Law Simulation held at Georgetown University, in Washington DC. While completing his BCOMM in New Brunswick, Alex was a starting offensive lineman and captain for the Mounties varsity football team and was selected to play in the CIS East-West all-star competition in 2012.

Connor Scott

Connor Scott received his Juris Doctor from the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law in 2019. Prior to that, he graduated with distinction from Western University as a Western Scholar with an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree, specializing in Political Science. Connor believes deeply in the importance of public service. It is this conviction which has motivated him to pursue a public law practice, specializing in health law, and secure internship opportunities with the Hospital for Sick Children, Senate of Canada and the Ontario Ministry of Health. In August 2020, Connor began articling with the Legal Services Branch of the Ontario Ministry of Health and Ministry of Long-Term Care.

He expects to have fulfilled all of the licensing requirements to be eligible to be called to the Bar of Ontario in June 2021.

Emily Kim

Emily Kim is a fiercely active uOttawa student whose enthusiasm for extracurricular’s and public service knows no bounds. She assisted lawyers who represent underrepresented parties as a triage coordinator for Law Help Ontario. She has also served as an executive committee member, events coordinator, and graphic designer for several community serving organizations including, Pro Bono Students Canada Executive at University of Ottawa and HanVoice Ottawa Chapter. Emily’s burgeoning legal career will benefit greatly from her time under the mentorship of Justice Peter Doody at the Ottawa Courthouse and as a student working for Community Legal Assistance Services for Saskatoon Inner City (CLASSIC).

Emily Kim expects to graduate the JD program in Common Law at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law in 2021 and to be called to the bar in the year 2022.

Courtney Wilbur

Courtney Wilber is a status member of the Northern Tutchone community belonging to the Champagne and Aishihik First Nation in the Yukon Territory. In August 2017, Courtney was gifted her Grandmother’s Traditional name Nän Chié á which means “coming from the ground.”

Courtney has accepted the tremendous responsibility that comes with accepting a traditional name and with both the help of her Grandmother’s teachings and a legal education she is preparing to honourably protect the rights of her home community. Courtney knows too well the effect that Residential Schools had on both her community and family members and uses this knowledge to drive her focus in Indigenous rights as a prospective legal advocate. Courtney expects to graduate the uOttawa J.D common law program in 2021 and expects to be called to the bar in 2022.

Lauren Thompson

Lauren Thompson joined Senator Boyer’s team before entering her third year of law school. She anticipates being called to the bar in 2022 and is expected to complete her University of Ottawa Juris Doctor in June 2021. Lauren was previously a medical responder before changing careers into law. She worked with Senator Boyer in helping to gain insight on the resources available to First Nations, Métis, and Inuit women during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lauren is currently a Dean’s Technology Fellow with the University of Ottawa, and a Hyman Soloway Fellow in the application of Artificial Intelligence in law with Global Affairs Canada. She is also currently working in a Department of Justice practicum and in the Ottawa Community Legal Clinic/Legal Aid Ontario. When not working, Lauren enjoys camping with family and friends, and is a competing equestrian.

Alexandra George

Alexandra is a second-year student in the French Common Law Program (JD) at the University of Ottawa. Prior to entering law school, she studied 4 years at the University of Windsor with a double major in French Studies and Criminology. Alexandra expects to complete law school by 2022 and expects to be called to the bar in 2023. Alexandra also completed her internship with the offices of Senator Boyer and Senator Hartling.

Blossom Malhan

Blossom Malhan is a resident of British Columbia who is passionate about electoral reform and International Relations. She is committed to the process of self-education in order to better listen and serve as an ally to fellow Canadians facing inequality and discrimination. Blossom is currently attending law school at the University of Ottawa and is expected to be called to the Bar in 2022.

Jennifer Linde

Jennifer is a second-year student in the French Common Law Program at the University of Ottawa who will be graduating in 2022. Originally from Vancouver, she chose to pursue her law degree in the nation’s capital in order to study in French and pursue her interests in public and constitutional law. With her keen interest in legislative development, Jennifer is absolutely thrilled to have been given the opportunity to work as an intern for Senator Boyer.

Jennifer serves as Vice-President (Internal) of the Regroupement étudiant de common law en français (RÉCLEF) and as Associate Editor for the Ottawa Law Review. Passionate about human rights, she has volunteered with a number of organizations centered around equity initiatives, including Reach Canada and the Vancouver Women’s Health Collective. Jennifer is also a host for The Law School Show podcast, where she seeks to highlight the work of women in the legal profession as well as the work of those fighting to improve access to justice.

In her spare time, you can find Jennifer running along the Rideau Canal, snowshoeing in Gatineau Park, or cozying up with a good book and a cup of tea.

Taryn Michel

Taryn Michel is First Nations from Michipicoten located on the beautiful shores of Lake Superior. She is from the Martin Clan and her spirit name is GINEW KWE which means Golden Eagle Woman. Taryn is happily married to her husband and is blessed with two beautiful children in Alexander and Reese where they live in Sudbury, Ontario.

Following the traits of her spirit name, Taryn has both powerful, long-seeing vision and a majestic spirit. She chose to pursue a career in legal advocacy to honour her name and the skills she has been gifted. Taryn employs these skills well as the Vice President for the Indigenous Law Students Association at the UOttawa Faculty of Law and ass the National 1L Rep for the National Indigenous Law students association. She is currently entering her second year of law school and is a 2022 JD candidate at UOttawa.

Kallisti Sipidias

Kallisti Sipidias is completing a Juris Doctor degree in common law at the University of Ottawa – Faculty of Law. She is currently a second-year student and plans to graduate in the Spring of 2022. Prior to law school, she completed a double major in Political Science and Sociology and received an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto. Kallisti completed her internship with Senator Boyer and Senator Boniface's offices.

Kallisti’s genuine curiosity, quest for knowledge, and desire for developing a deeper understanding of the world lead her to pursue a career in law. She is interested in applying her legal knowledge and practical approach to help people and businesses solve complex legal problems. Kallisti’s passion for law is rivaled only by her love for fitness, cooking, traveling, reading, and collecting antique jewelry.

Kelly Duquette

Kelly Duquette is Métis artist and lawyer, practicing Municipal and Aboriginal business law in Gowling WLG's Ottawa office. She has a four-year Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree (BFA) and a Juris Doctorate Degree (JD) from the University of Ottawa.

Kelly specialized in Indigenous law throughout her University career and has participated in a number of Indigenous-focused internship opportunities. One of these internship opportunities included the legislative development internship in the Senate alongside Honourable Senator Yvonne Boyer. During this internship, Kelly attended bi-weekly Aboriginal People’s Senate Committee meetings and prepared briefs of the meetings. Further, she assisted and informed Senator Boyer through the completion of various research projects and senate speeches, and responded to questions from the community.