The 2017 team consisted of nine executive members, with eight UBC undergraduates and one PhD student from Peter A Allard School of Law. The team held an interdisciplinary background with degrees ranging from marketing to political science to a masters in management. Scroll down to learn more about the 2017 Moot team.
Shiva Ghayemghamian is an incoming fourth year student, getting a major in Sociology. She has experience in working with lawyers, real estate agents and developers while also studying to become a corporate and real estate lawyer after graduating. She enjoys working with Cobbett & Cotton Law Corporation as it offers her experience in corporate law and expands her networks. Shiva is also working closely with developers at IRACA Construction to market and sell residential custom homes in Vancouver. Her current tasks at Cobbett & Cotton Law Corporation include looking at business and real estate contracts. One of her plans for this summer include working closely with IRACA Construction & Developing Services Corp and Cobbett & Cotton to get a better understanding of the changing laws and regulations of corporations and the real estate market. She loves getting involved in different activities and clubs to expand her knowledge in various areas and is excited to be a part of the UBC PSSA MOOT Court, serving as the Co Chair.
Kaelin Hickford is a fourth year Political Science Honours Major. Kaelin’s passion for law is genetic, as both parents and her stepfather are lawyers. Last year Kaelin worked with a Bannister Law labour lawyer to research and present on the systemic constraints of linguistic witness protection within the context of the Canadian judiciary system. Kaelin’s interest in law also lies beyond the national spectrum, and she is incredibly passionate about supranational law and policy making, a passion that has culminated in her position as a research organizer for UBC’s decarbonization conference in October. In addition to serving on other UBC affiliated organizations, Kaelin can be found boating along the coasts of BC, hiking in the mountains or travelling. Kaelin is incredibly excited to serve alongside Shiva Ghayemghamin as the 2016 Moot Court co-chairs and is looking forward to bringing about as much enthusiasm and intellectual stimulus as our inaugural Moot Court!
Lachlan is a PhD student at the Peter A. Allard School of Law. He has already done the law degree that the rest of the committee wish to do—he did not find it as transformational as they hope to. His work looks at the legitimacy of tort law in light of the role of insurance. His teaching focusses on tort law through applied critical legal pedagogy. Lachlan has worked as a researcher on anything from the Calvin-Benson cycle of artificial photosynthesis to Italian legal theory. He has meddled in volunteer organizations of all stripes for too long; and swears this is the last time.
Saleh is an incoming second year student at UBC planning on pursuing a major in either Political Science or Economics. He is an outgoing and ambitious student hoping to gain experience as well as lasting relationships through his role as Finance Coordinator. Saleh has held previous roles as Treasurer and Fundraising Chairman for various committees and hopes this opportunity, as Finance Coordinator, will enhance his skills as a financier. He enjoys discussing African and Middle Eastern politics as well all things basketball, particularly arguing why every Canadian should be a Raptors fan. Saleh became interested in law after watching the classic Twelve Angry Men and hopes to learn more about the field through this position. As a highly motivated individual, he hopes to play an integral part in organizing a successful Moot Court competition.
Mike Ross and Jeff Winger. If these names resonate with you, it will be self-explanatory why the subject of law is appealing and intriguing to many individuals including Timothy himself (minus the cheating on LSAT parts of course). Timothy is an incoming 4th year marketing student and aims to complete a Juris Doctor program in Hong Kong after graduation. Commercial Law (COMM 393) sparked his interest in law, in which he is hoping expand his understanding of this field through joining the Moot Court committee this coming year. Timothy hopes to add something different to the committee and help establish the Moot Court brand within the UBC community. Apart from re-watching Suits and Community in his spare time, Timothy is an avid Gooner, overly enthusiastic average snowboarder, futsal player and a doggo lover.
Alana is going into her fourth year at UBC as a Psychology and Master of Management student. In her spare time, Alana volunteers with the Vancouver Humane Society and works as a research assistant in the Reactions to Environmental Stress and Trauma (REST) Lab in the Department of Psychology. Obsessed with outdoor activities, Alana especially enjoys hiking and sailing. She also loves to travel. Last summer, Alana travelled around Europe and studied international human rights law at the London School of Economics. Inspired by her experience at the LSE, Alana hopes to attend law school and pursue a career in human rights law.
Kimberly is going into her fourth year at UBC and plans to graduate with a double major in political science and psychology. During her last semester, she studied abroad in Sweden and developed a keen interest in European politics and specifically, the relevance of Sweden’s social democratic welfare state in today’s world. To wind down, you will find Kimberly sipping a glass of red wine watching stand-up comedy. Kimberly excels at trying new things but not so much mastering them. Despite this only flaw, she hopes to pursue a career in criminal law as a defence attorney in the near future.
Niki Abdoli is a second year arts student pursuing a major in Political Science. Upon her graduation from her undergraduate degree, she wishes to pursue a Juris Doctor degree. Niki is passionate about Immigration and Real Estate law and hopes to practice criminal law in BC. During the summer she worked at Lawson Lundell LLP in vancouver amongst Litigation and Lambour and Employment Lawyers, who helped her further enhance her understanding of the working dynamics of corporate law. In her spare time she enjoys long walks to the nearest macaron shop and reading To Kill a Mockingbird for the tenth time.