ALSS Executive

President – Alexandra Scott

Alexandra is Métis, her family originating from Manitoulin Island. However, she grew up on the West Coast on Vancouver island in a little town called Cobble Hill. Prior to law school, she completed a Legal Office Assistant Certificate through Camosun College. She obtained a full-time job at a boutique law firm, getting her first taste of a legal career. Wanting to take her knowledge to the next level, she completed her Paralegal Certificate through Capilano University, and then a Bachelor of Arts in Justice Studies at Royal Roads University. In 1L, Alexandra was part of the Indigenous Law Students’ Society, volunteering for many events. She also volunteered through PBSC at Atira Women’s Resource Centre in their Legal Advocacy branch. Last year, Alexandra was the Indigenous Director of Student Affairs, providing a voice for Indigenous students at Allard within the Allard Law Students’ Society. Outside of law school, Alexandra can be found reading as many non-law books as she can, lifting weights at the gym and listening to metal.

The President is the chair of the Law Students’ Society Executive and coordinates activities within the Academic and Social Councils. The President is also the primary representative of JD students at UBC and an advocate for your interests to the faculty, the University, and the larger legal community in Vancouver. Within the school, the President is charged with ensuring accountability in student governance and promoting an equitable and respectful student environment. Email Alexandra.

Vice President of Academic Affairs – Elise Kohno

Elise was born and raised in Vancouver and did her undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto where she double majored in Criminology and Sociology. Elise has been involved in the ALSS since her first year at law school as a Social Council Representative and again in her second year as the Director of Wellness. Elise is extremely passionate about the Allard community and treasures the bonds and friendships she has formed while at law school. When you can’t find her at the “Law-brary”, Elise spends her free time staying active and playing sports. She is an active soccer and beach volleyball player and enjoys biking, hiking and yoga.

The role of the VP Academic is to identify and represent the student perspective in academic and university affairs. Aside from being a member of the ALSS Executive, the VP Academic participates as a member of the Faculty Council, chairs the Academic Council, and participates in a number of faculty committees. The VP Academic also participates as a member of the Alma Mater Society’s VP Academic Caucus to fulfill their mandate across campus. Please contact Elise to discuss your concerns, suggestions, and feedback about any academic and university affairs.

Vice President of Student Affairs – Martin Lay

Martin calls a small fishing village in the southwest of Canada home. He once attended the University of British Columbia where he received a degree in Psychology, fell in love with the campus, and studied extra hard so he could stay there for law school too. Martin also spent a semester abroad at the University of Manchester where he acquired the thirst for travel. After his undergraduate studies, Martin spent a year working various jobs to feed himself which included managing a tire shop, drying morel mushrooms, and working as a travel agent. In his first year at Allard Law, Martin was a member of the Allard Law Students’ Society (ALSS) sitting on the Academic Committee as a first-year representative. He also participated in the Legal Education Outreach Program, attended Law Games, and was a member of Allard’s Hoop-Law team. Currently, in addition to his involvement as VP of Student Affairs, Martin is also the VP of the Sports, Entertainment and Law Society, a Student Coordinator for the Hoop-Law Charity Basketball Tournament and the Orientation Coordinator for the incoming class of 2020. Martin has made the law school his second home and hopes to use his legal education to find a loophole in Adverse Possession laws (squatter laws) to keep it that way. You can usually find him in the ALSS at most hours of the day. When he does leave Allard Hall (rare), Martin enjoys hiking the various trails of the lower mainland, camping, and playing his two favorite sports: basketball and squash. This year Martin hopes to go to Russia – but first he needs to get a new passport.

The Vice President of Student Affairs’ (VPSA) primary role is to ensure there is ample opportunity to achieve the elusive work-life balance at Allard. This includes planning events such as the ALSS Boat Cruise, the ALSS Semi-Formal, the Guile Debates, and liaising with law firms to plan Friday Socials, which facilitate networking and foster community with legal professionals. The VPSA also chairs the Social Council and is the primary representative for all things fun around school. You can contact Martin with any questions, ideas, concerns or feedback regarding any of the ALSS Social events.

Vice President of External Affairs – David Khang

David Khang just might be the “maturest” law student ever. Before coming to Allard Law, David prepared for the LSAT by completing four degrees. But he wishes to be liked not for his academic resume, but for his quixotic attempt to remember everyone’s name at Allard. While studying law, David has put his art career on the backburner, but can still be found drilling teeth and performing oral surgery for pocket change on the weekends. He spent the past summer practicing poverty law in the DTES, trying to stop slumlords from illegally evicting the poorest Canadians in the poorest neighbourhood in the country.

As the ALSS VP External, David will work hard and smart with the AMS to help curb the potential tuition increases looming on the horizon for law students. David enjoys riding one of his three road bikes to school, climbing indoor or outdoor, and playing for the Allard Mallards softball team. Please contact David if you have any questions or concerns.

Director of Finance – Mikhail Ilinets

Mikhail was originally born in Kiev, Ukraine, but moved to Canada a bit before he could develop a badass Ukrainian accent. He spent the bulk of his life in the happening town of London, Ontario, where he managed to earn a Bachelors of Business Administration (Finance) degree at the University of Western Ontario. After school, Mikhail dabbled as a stock broker and mutual fund accountant for a few years before realizing that the west coast really is indeed the best coast. During his two years at Allard, Mikhail was a LSLAP clinician, volunteer for Legal Education Outreach, and an ALSS Academic Director. In his free time, Mikhail enjoys hiking, snowboarding, running, and Netflix.

The Director of Finance prepares the annual ALSS budget, and presents it for approval at the ALSS Annual General Meeting. The Director of Finance establishes and chairs the ALSS Finance Committee which oversees the budget process, and is also responsible for the disbursement of ALSS funds to student sports, clubs, and events. Last but by no means least, the Finance Director maintains accurate accounting for the ALSS Executive, the Academic Council, the Social Council, and all student sports and clubs. You can contact Mikhail if you’re interested in starting a club for the upcoming academic year, or if you have questions regarding the annual ALSS budget process.

Director of Communications – Kendal Allemekinders

Kendal grew up in Vancouver and attended Simon Fraser University where she completed her Bachelor of Business Administration (Finance). During her 1L year, Kendal was a first year Social Council Representative on the ALSS, a clinician and clinic head for the Law Students’ Legal Advice Program, volunteered with the Women’s Caucus, participated with Legal Education Outreach, and represented Allard Law at Law Games. Outside of law school, Kendal enjoys swimming, hot yoga, and going on road trips to anywhere she can convince her friends to go.

The Director of Communications is responsible for communication between the ALSS and its members. The Director of Communications records and posts minutes of the Executive and Social Council meetings, maintains the ALSS website, and sends out the weekly ALSS Newsflash. Contact Kendal if you would like to have an item included in the Newsflash, have information you’d like displayed on the screens in Allard Hall, or have any questions about anything in general.

Director of Wellness – Maddy MacDonald

Maddy grew up in Calgary before attending the University of Victoria, where she studied psychology and ran on the Vikes cross country and track teams. While studying psychology, she became interested in the intersection of mental health and wellbeing, interpersonal relationships, and the law. Her desire to purse a legal education solidified after spending a year in India working in refugee protection at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Outside of law school, Maddy enjoys running, yoga, being outside, and hanging out with family and friends (including her dog Piper). She is the Orientation Coordinator for the class of 2020, and can’t wait to meet the incoming students!

As Director of Wellness, Maddy‘s role includes consulting with the student body and staff/faculty on wellness at Allard Law, connecting law students with resources, organizing wellness-related programming, and organizing guest speakers and presentations. Maddy also organizes intramural sports teams and social clubs under the ALSS, which includes liasing with team captains and club presidents to ensure that their interests are represented. The Director of Wellness will chair the Wellness Committee, with a recruitment opportunity coming in the fall. Please feel free to contact Maddy with any questions, comments, or concerns about wellness at the law school, as well as any questions about clubs or teams!

Ombudsperson – Charlotte Baigent

Charlotte Baigent was born and raised in Vancouver, but moved to Montreal to do her undergrad in Political Science and Philosophy at Concordia University. Throughout her 1L year, Charlotte was actively involved in the Allard Law community. She was a volunteer clinician for the Law Students’ Legal Advice Program, participated in the Legal Education and Outreach Club, attended Law Games, volunteered for the Women’s Caucus and frequently attended Allard’s lunchtime yoga classes. This year, she will be serving as the Program Coordinator for Pro Bono Students Canada, as well as the Ombudsperson on the ALSS. In her free time, Charlotte enjoys skiing at Whistler, hiking, hot yoga and exploring the Vancouver restaurant scene.

As Ombudsperson, Charlotte is committed to working with the ALSS and Faculty Administration to ensure that Allard Law is a welcoming community for all students. The role of the Ombudsperson is to investigate student complaints, and to connect students with conflict resolution resources on campus. The Ombudsperson performs these duties in an impartial and confidential manner. If you have concerns or problems that are distracting you from your studies, send an email to Charlotte

Senator – Madison Grist

Madison has been a member of the UBC community since 2010, having completed her Honours Bachelor of Science in Biology prior to law school. She has been an active leader at UBC, and has taken up just about every opportunity to get involved at the school. Prior to, and during her life at UBC, she was also a professional dancer.

Madison represents law students, and UBC students generally, on the University’s highest academic governing body, the Senate. The Senate is composed of deans, professors, students from all faculties, and is chaired by the President of the University. The Senate serves a number of functions, from approving new degree programs or awards, to setting admissions policy for undergraduates, to granting honorary degrees. It also serves as the last avenue for appeal for students facing academic discipline or concerning their academic standing. If you’d like more information or have a concern you would like voiced at Senate, contact Madison.

Director of Indigenous Affairs – Julia Thielmann

Julia is Métis, her family originating from Meadow Lake Saskatchewan. She grew up in Kelowna BC. Prior to law school, she completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at UBC Okanagan. She discovered her interest in a legal career after taking forensic psychology classes. In her first year of law, Julia was the 1L representative for the Indigenous Law Students Association, volunteering for many events during the year. She also served as a clinician for LSLAP and volunteered for Legal Education Outreach. She played volleyball on the intramural volleyball team, “Team Law”. Outside of law school, Julia enjoys beading and going to the beach.

The Director of Indigenous Affairs provides an indigenous voice and perspective within the Academic Council and the ALSS Executive. In this capacity, the Indigenous Affairs Director works with the ALSS to create cultural and social inclusion for indigenous students in law school, and to develop initiatives that foster non-indigenous students’ recognition and respect for indigeneity. Any student, indigenous or non-indigenous, should feel free to contact Julia about contributing to these goals.