Sign up for the Environmental Advocacy Workshop!

The ELS executive is pleased to announce that in January we will be hosting the inaugural Environmental Advocacy Workshop with the support of the Osgoode Experiential Education Fund. We are inviting all of you to participate in what we hope will be an ongoing and expanding program!

The workshop is designed to be a hands on, interactive experience, conducted by two leading Bay Street environmental lawyers, Jack Coop (Osler) and Rod Northey (Gowlings). The workshop will be hosted downtown on consecutive Fridays.

Day One will consist of a seminar where Jack and Rod will share their experience and provide an introduction to the unique advocacy skills and issues relevant to environmental law. Topics are expected to include litigation strategy, evidence, and ethics in environmental advocacy. Day Two will be an opportunity to put your newly acquired advocacy skills to the test with a judged moot (though participation is optional). As there is no Willms & Shier Environmental Law Moot this year, this may be your only chance to get on your feet and advocate in environmental law this school year!

Date: January 22, 2016 and January 29, 2016.
Where: Downtown Toronto (details to follow).
Please sign up here. Space may be limited so sign up soon!

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Firm Tour at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

This November we have a firm tour and meet and greet at Osler! Osler practices in a wide array of fields and they are taking the time to discuss their Regulatory, Environmental, Aboriginal, and Land law practice group with us. It will be a great opportunity to network and ask any questions you have about practicing environmental law at a larger, full-service firm. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about the field and to interact with the lawyers at Osler!

Date: Monday, November 16, 2015.
Time: 1:30 pm. Please meet in the lobby of First Canadian Place at 1:20 pm.
Where: Osler, Hoskin and Harcourt LLP, 100 King St W.
Please RSVP by emailing by Thursday, November 12 at noon.

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Meet ELS at our Fall Mixer!

Come out to the first event of the term to meet the members of ELS! Professor Stepan Wood will be present to discuss opportunities related to environmental law at Osgoode (including the JD/MES program and the new environmental clinic). We will also be raffling off a lunch with lawyers of Willms & Shier, Toronto’s leading environmental firm. To top it all off we will be serving a light lunch! Please try to bring reusable cutlery and Tupperware to snack from.

Date: October 5, 2015
Time: 12:30 to 2:00 pm
Room: 2002

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First Year Representatives & Upcoming Events

A big thank you to everyone who applied for a First Year Representative position. We are happy to announce that Michelle Staples, Sarah Attardo, Amanda Spitzig, and Peter Little were selected and will be joining our executive team this year!

We have also selected the dates for a few of our events, so please mark them on your calendars:

  • October 5 – ELS Mixer (over lunch time)
  • October 28 – Environmental Career Panel (over lunch time)

Details for each event will be posted to our Upcoming Events page shortly.

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Call for 2015-2016 First Year Executives

Welcome back to a new year at Osgoode! The ELS is now accepting applications for First Year Representatives. If you have an interest in environmental law and are looking for a great opportunity to meet other students, network with industry professionals, and get a meaningful position on your resume please apply! Completed applications (available below) should be sent to by Sunday, September 20 at 5 pm.

First Year Rep Application 2015-2016


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2014-2015 Co-Chairs

Hi ELS members !

We are happy to announce Gun Koleoglu and Zachary D’Onofrio will be our new Co-Chairs.

ELS is now accepting applications for the remaining 2014-2015 Executive positions. Please submit your application to by March 21, 2014 at 5pm. If needed, elections for positions will happen the following week, with all ELS members eligible to vote.

We look forward to receiving your applications !

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Toxic Trespass Screening on March 20, 2014

Environmental Law Society and Osgoode Society of Law, Art, and Culture are hosting a film screening of Toxic Trespass on March 20 from 12:45 to 2:30 pm in Room 1003 at Osgoode Hall Law School. Toxic Trespass is a film on children’s health and the environment that investigates the growing evidence that we are conducting a large-scale toxicological experiment on our children, and explores what some scientists, doctors, activists and others are doing about it. The screening will be followed by a talk and facilitated discussion from Professor Dorothy Goldin Rosenberg and Professor Dayna Nadine Scott. Vegetarian lunch will be provided. More information can be found on the facebook event ( Please RSVP to

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