Third-year JD student Kortney Shapiro was presented with the Aish Jewish Legal Network Young Leadership Award at the Aish Toronto Gala Dinner on December 7.
The award is given to a law student or young lawyer who exemplifies the concept of “Mentor.” A Mentor is a person who is a role model for academic and/or professional excellence and community service, according to Aish Toronto spokesperson Shaindy Cohen Goldstein.
“A Mentor takes time to identify important community causes and passionately engages his/her talents and energy to address the issues, create solutions and implement strategies to have a positive impact,” Cohen Goldstein said. “Kortney Shapiro is a Mentor for her law school peers and clearly is someone who will continue in the path of enthusiastically making a difference for her local community and beyond.”
Shapiro is President of the Osgoode Women’s Network (OWN) student club, which raised $3,760 from this year’s CIBC Run for the Cure and also organized a successful clothing drive, collecting gently-used professional clothing for Dress for Success. OWN partnered with Goodmans LLP to coordinate the clothing drive and recruit other law firms to make clothing donations.