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The Investor Protection Clinic is operated by a team of highly educated and motivated students. Many students have a business, finance, economics, or related background that helps them in understanding the complex legal issues faced by the Clinic. All legal work conducted by the Clinic is approved by highly qualified lawyers that are from the Clinic’s supervising law firms and by the Academic Director.

Aarushi Puri, second-year student, JD program

In her undergraduate studies, Aarushi majored in economics at the National University of Singapore. Prior to law school, she worked as a competition analyst in the antitrust practice of a business law firm in Singapore, and last winter, she volunteered at the Community & Legal Aid Services Programme. Currently, Aarushi is also working with the Osgoode Venture Capital Clinic.

Alex Despotovic, third-year student, JD/MBA program

Alex holds a degree in Public Policy and Administration from Carleton University, where he was awarded the Senate Medal upon graduation. In the past, Alex has worked as both a Communications Advisor and Policy Analyst for the Federal Government, and as a Summer Student at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP.

Alex Tashos, second-year student, JD program

Alex holds an Honours Business Administration degree from the Ivey Business School at Western University. Alex has previously worked in the insurance industry, managing benefit claims related to automotive accidents.

Ankita Gupta, second-year student, JD program

Ankita holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, specializing in finance and strategy, from the University of Toronto. This past summer, she worked at Davies, Ward, Phillips & Vineberg LLP in their corporate, competition, environmental and litigation practice groups and has previously worked in accounting, finance and marketing roles at Deloitte Canada, Unilever and Hershey. Ankita has also worked as a Research Assistant to Professor Poonam Puri and Professor Cynthia Williams.

Bita Ghiasi, third-year student, JD/MBA program

During the program, Bita has worked as a Summer Associate in Investment Banking, as well as Sales & Trading at Scotiabank. Bita holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Schulich, with a specialization in Finance. She has worked in management consulting at PricewaterhouseCoopers, working closely with clients across several competencies and industries, with a focus on Financial Services and Retail.

Ekin Ober, third-year student, JD/MBA program

Ekin holds a Degree in Psychology and Economics from the University of Guelph. In the past, Ekin worked at the Exports Department of a textile company, managing clients and overseeing the negotiations that took place between the company and its business partners. She has also worked at the Community Legal Clinic of York region where she provided client assistance in relation to Ontario Disability Support Program issues. Most recently, she has worked as an Associate at TD Bank’s Risk Management Department.

Gabrielle Wright, third-year student, JD/MBA program

Gabrielle holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from Ryerson University, where she was award the Ryerson Staff Award for having the highest grade point average in her program. Prior to law school, Gabrielle worked in a leadership role in healthcare for a number of years before developing an interest in corporate law. This past summer, Gabrielle was able to explore this interest during her securities rotation at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP.

Johann Annisette, second-year student, JD program

Johann holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology from McGill University. In the past, Johann has worked for the legal team at Revera Inc., and with the processing team at Dynamic Funds.

Jory Binder, third-year student, JD program

Jory holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in English Literature from McGill University and worked full-time at PwC Law on their immigration team before attending law school. After graduating from Osgoode, she will be articling at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, where she hopes to pursue her interest in securities litigation. At Osgoode, Jory is a Senior Editor and the Executive Chair of the Recruitment, Selection & Orientation Committee on the Osgoode Hall Law Journal, a Dean’s Fellow for Criminal Law, and a volunteer at the Community & Legal Aid Services Programme.

Natasha Novac, second-year student, JD program

Natasha holds a SSHRC-funded Master of Arts in English Literature from the University of Toronto, where she also completed a Bachelor of Arts (Hons with High Distinction) in English and Political Science. In addition to participating in the Clinic, Natasha is a Senior Editor on the Osgoode Hall Law Journal, a Senior Contributor at, a Dean’s Fellow for Constitutional Law, and a workshop developer & leader at LAWS (Laws in Action Within School). Last summer, Natasha received the James Kreppner Health Law Internship in Patient Rights/Advocacy and worked as a legal researcher for a health care non-profit. Prior to law school, Natasha worked as a public relations and corporate communications manager in the healthcare sector.

Nenad Dumanovic, second-year student, JD program

Prior to entering law school, Nenad worked as the Operations Manager for Yardly, an Edmonton technology startup. While working as a summer student at Bennett Jones, he developed a keen interest in securities law and investor protection. Nenad has a particular passion for blockchain-based technologies and alternative investment platforms and products.

Rishi Nageshar, second-year student, JD program

Rishi holds a degree in Business Administration from the University of Guelph, a Business Diploma from Humber College, and the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute’s Investment Foundations certificate. In the past, Rishi has worked for small construction companies and a steel processing plant.