Nicholas Valsamis
  • Title: Articling Student
  • Office: Toronto
  • Status: At the Firm
  • Law School: University of New Brunswick

 
Biography

Before entering law school, Niko obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies from Carleton University. During his undergraduate studies, Niko co-founded the Carleton University Legal Advocacy Club (CULAC). After competing in several undergraduate moot competitions, Niko mentored and coached new members of the CULAC moot team. Niko also worked part-time as a Junior Therapist for children with autism and was a competitive amateur Muay Thai fighter.

Niko received his JD from the University of New Brunswick (UNB) in 2017. During law school, he continued showing a passion for legal advocacy by co-founding the UNB Mooting Club. He also represented UNB at the 2015-2016 Gale Cup where he competed against students from around the country in appellate advocacy. During his final year of law school, Niko had the opportunity to represent UNB again at the McKelvey Cup in trial advocacy. For his academic achievement, Niko was awarded the Allen Earle Scholarship and the Frank Covert Scholarship.

In his spare time, Niko enjoys playing guitar, outdoor sports, and martial arts.



 
Assignments

Summering at McCarthy Tétrault has been a great opportunity to develop my advocacy skills in a collaborative environment. I had the chance to work together with a team of other students and lawyers on two files involving appeals to the Supreme Court of Canada. Working collaboratively allowed us to leverage each other’s perspectives. Not only did this produce a better work product, but we had the chance to develop important working relationships with each other, lawyers, and various support staff.

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