Meet the Mentors

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Yanique Russell Corporate Law Articling Student

Yanique migrated from Jamaica in 2018 and completed 8 course with the NCA and the Canadian Common Law LLM through distance learning and the International Business Law LLM at Osgoode Hall Law School. During her time in Jamaica, she reviewed Cruise Line and Wholesaler contracts for a prominent regional nature adventure company with offices in Belize, Jamaica, Grand Turk and the Dominican Republic. She looks forward to guiding persons through the NCA process and welcome any questions on how best to navigate this path.

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Adrienne Zaya
Litigation Associate

Adrienne is a commercial litigation associate at Rebecca Huang & Associates. She joined the firm after completing her articles at a leading global law firm. Adrienne obtained her law degree from the University of Kent, where she received multiple awards for her academic achievement and successful participation in various negotiation competitions. During her time as a law student, she interned at a renowned law firm in Kent. Adrienne believes in giving back to the community. Prior to becoming a mentor with the NCA Network, she was a mentor at WoodGreen Community Services, providing guidance, resources, and support to internationally trained professionals in Canada.

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Karen Sequeira
Lawyer - Wills & Estates, Corporate and Real Estate

Karen completed her JD in Mumbai and became an accredited lawyer with the Bombay Incorporated Law Society. She successfully completed her NCA examinations and works as a lawyer specializing in wills & estates, corporate and real estate law.

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Mohit Malhotra
Insurance Defence and Immigration Lawyer

Mohit is an insurance defence and immigration lawyer in Alberta, Canada. He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration, an LL.B and LL.M in Internation Business Law from Osgoode Hall Law School. Mohit has also completed a certificate course in Statutory Accident Benefits (SABS) from Ontario College of Business and Law. Prior to joining Scott Venturo Rudakoff LLP, Mohit worked as an in-house legal counsel at Intact Insurance for 2 years. Mohit articled and summered at the Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO). Mohit is a licensed lawyer in India with over two years of experience practicing civil litigation at a law firm in India.

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Sareh Ebrahimi
Associate Lawyer in Estate Litigation

Sarah obtained her LL.B. at Nelson Mandela University in South Africa and a masters in Finance and Financial Law from the University of London. She successfully completed the NCA process and currently works as an associate lawyer in estate litigation. She wishes to give advice on how to tackle the NCA exams successfully, give advice on the different options available if articles are not secured, to put NCA Candidates in touch with other lawyers in practice areas that may be of interest to them.

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Andrei Dobrogeanu
Associate Lawyer in Civil Litigation

Andrei studied law as an undergraduate degree at The University of Birmingham (UK) and was required to complete nine NCA exams to obtain his Certificate of Qualification. While studying for the exams, he volunteered with various real estate, family law, personal injury and civil litigation lawyers. He was called to the bar in 2016 after articling at a civil litigation firm and is currently an associate at the same firm.

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Virginia Ng
Lawyer in General litigation and dispute resolution and Family Law

Virginia went to Bond University for law school in Australia. She did a bachelor's degree at Brock University with a major in psychology and minor in Italian studies. After graduating law school, she went to New York to complete a short intensive course in Fashion Law before returning to Australia and working as an intern at a law firm in Melbourne that practised predominantly entertainment and property law. She was admitted in Melbourne as a solicitor for the state of Victoria, Australia in 2017 as well as completed the NCA process later that year. She completed the Ryerson LPP and her placement with Marco Sciarra, a Criminal Lawyer. She was called to the Ontario Bar in 2019 and is currently practicing as an associate at Diaz Law, a small firm in Markham, ON.

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Thelma Zindoga
Lawyer (Commercial Litigation & Employment)

Thelma is a lawyer practicing in the areas of commercial/civil litigation and employment law. As a woman of colour she is a huge advocate for anti-racism, and diversity + inclusion, not only in the workplace, but in society and the community. She represented Canada through United Nations Association–Canada International Development and Diplomacy Internship Programme (UNAC IDDIP) as one other organization’s Junior Professional Consultants.

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Amrita Tamber
Contracts Manager for Capital One Bank

Amrita Tamber holds an Honours BA in Political Science from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Juris Doctor from Bond University (Queensland, Australia). Amrita articled at Elections Canada in Ottawa and was called to the bar in 2015. During her search for full time work, she suffered hardships and stigma associated from being an internationally trained lawyer and understands the difficulty in the transition. She joined various networking groups in order to build connections with lawyers in the Toronto area and became Director of Communications for Young Women in Law from 2016-2018. Currently, Amrita works as a Contracts Manager for Capital One Bank in Toronto where she negotiates and drafts complex supplier contracts for the credit card line of business and is a Director on the South Asian Bar Association. Amrita advocates for equality and diversity in the workplace and knows that NCA candidates provide a unique perspective. She is happy to help provide any guidance to help internationally trained lawyers reach their goals.

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Rachel Bangura
Litigation

Rachel completed her undergraduate degree in Sociology and Criminology in French Immersion from the University of Ottawa. She also received a Master of Arts in Cultural Analysis and Social Theory from Wilfrid Laurier University. She is an LL.B Honours Graduate from the University of Sussex. At present, she is in the stages of completing her lawyer licensing process. She was formerly employed as a litigation clerk at Ether Law Professional Corporation where she drafted and reviewed franchise agreements, employment agreements,
sponsorship agreements, termination of employment letters, etc. The areas of law that she is interested in are: corporate & commercial law, commercial and construction litigation, as well as employment and labour law.

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Claire Renney-Dodds
Associate Lawyer

Claire is an associate at Daoust Vukovich LLP, a leading commercial leasing boutique law firm. Claire’s practice focuses on commercial leasing transactions on behalf of both landlords and tenants, including drafting and negotiating office, retail, industrial and mixed-use leases and ancillary documentation, as well as the practical resolution of lease disputes. Claire has previously spoken at industry conferences and seminars including the ICSC Canadian Law Conference and the Six-Minute Commercial Leasing Lawyer. Claire received her L.L.B. from the University of the Witwatersrand School of Law (Johannesburg, South Africa), where she graduated with distinction. Prior to law school, Claire obtained her B.A. degree (Psychology and Law) from the University of Witwatersrand. Claire joined Daoust Vukovich LLP after working as in-house counsel for a real estate investment trust, where she was involved in all aspects of drafting and negotiating commercial leases and related lease documentation for properties.

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Caitlin Mailman
Articling Student

Caitlin completed her LL.B. in Law with Criminology (honours) at the University of Leicester. While in law school, she was actively involved in student pro-bono groups, acted as Barrister’s Representative for the Leicester University Law Society and volunteered with Citizens Advice Leicestershire. Caitlin returned to Halifax and began her career by working as a receptionist and legal assistant at a personal injury law firm, prior to moving to Edmonton to complete the Internationally Trained Lawyer Program at the University of Alberta, where she volunteered with Civil Claims Duty Counsel. Caitlin obtained her National Committee on Accreditation (NCA) Certificate in 2019. Caitlin joined her current firm as a Legal Analyst in 2019, prior to becoming an articling student in 2020. In her spare time, Caitlin enjoys staying active through the gym, running in the Bluenose Marathon, and exploring local hiking trails. She also enjoys reading, travel, going to the beach and trying new plant-based recipes.