Vivian recently graduated from the Canadian and American Dual J.D. Program at the University of Windsor Faculty of Law and the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. She was very involved in the Windsor Law Community as a competitive mooter (Oxford International Intellectual Property Moot and The Laskin Moot), Citations Editor for the Windsor Review of Legal & Social Issues, a Peer Mentor, a Student Editor for the Law and Technology Lab (LTEC) at the Law School, and former President of the Black Law Students Association. During her final year, Vivian was elected to the National Executive for the Black Law Students Association of Canada where she served as the Vice President, Central Region. During the summer of her first year, she completed a summer externship with the City of Detroit Law Department in the Labour and Employment Group. She is also the recipient of several scholarships, including the Black Arts and Innovation Expo Scholarship and the Association of Corporate Counsel (Michigan Chapter) Scholarship.
Vivian holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree from McMaster University with a major in Earth and Environmental Science (concentration in aqueous environmental biochemistry) and a minor in Geographical Information Systems (GIS). Prior to law school, she worked as the Employee Services Administrator at the Canadian Corporate Head Office of an international hospitality management company.
Vivian enjoys cooking, singing, food photography, reading, international films, and playing soccer and volleyball.
My summer experience with the Labour and Employment practice group has been absolutely phenomenal. Apart from conducting legal research, I had opportunities to meet clients, observe members of the group conduct examinations for discovery, prepare witnesses, and represent a client at an arbitration. One of the highlights of my summer was assisting with a job posting grievance arbitration.
I was given the opportunity to fully participate in preparing for the arbitration by not only conducting research on specific points of law, but also by drafting the questions to be used for the examination in chief and attending witness preparation meetings. This was a task I especially enjoyed because it required me to be very thoughtful about the narrative the witnesses shared with the arbitrator through their answers. On the day of the arbitration, I had the wonderful opportunity of observing my mentor, as she, the arbitrator, and opposing counsel worked with both parties to try and reach a settlement. It was exciting to see the opposing parties trying to come to an agreement – these aren’t experiences you will find in the law school setting!
Through attending the arbitration and other observational activities in the L&E group, I was reminded of why I wanted to work at the firm and spend my summer in this practice group: the high level of professionalism and excellence displayed by associates and partners like my mentor, is everything I aspire to achieve as a lawyer. This summer was a challenging but rewarding experience. It was by far one of the best summers I have ever had, and I am looking forward to returning next August for my articling year.