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2024 Nelligan Law Summer Articling Students

Nehemie Surin 

Nehemie is entering her 3rd year at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law. Nehemie has a specific interest in immigration, employment, health, tort, and family law. Before embarking on her legal education, Nehemie completed a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Psychology with a minor in Criminology at the University of Ottawa. 

During her time at uOttawa, Nehemie actively contributed to various student organizations, serving as the VP Communications for the Health Law Student Association, VP for the Christian Legal Fellowship, and as a Junior Editor for the Black (Canadian) Law Journal.

During her time off, you’ll find Nehemie diving into the pages of a good book, brushing up on her piano skills, or enjoying nature though hiking or aerial rope courses!

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Kevin Arnel

Kevin is entering his third year at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law (Common Law Section). Prior to pursuing his legal education, Kevin completed a Joint Honours Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science at the University of Ottawa. Kevin also completed a Master of Arts in Political Studies at Queen’s University, where his research focused on gender representation in Canadian political institutions. Kevin also spent years working in the federal government as a policy officer/analyst and advisor to senior leaders at a variety of departments, including the Department of National Defence.

While in law school, Kevin has been actively engaged in the school community. He is a Research Assistant with the Centre for Law, Technology and Society, a volunteer with the Indigenous Human Rights Program, and a participant on numerous intramurals teams. Kevin also completed an internship in housing law at a community legal clinic. Next year, Kevin will be a Teaching Assistant for a first-year course.

In his downtime, Kevin enjoys watching baseball, participating in sports like curling and golf, reading about the news of the day, and going on long walks with his dog.

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Itoro Ekanem

Itoro is entering her third year at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of law. Before beginning her legal education, she completed a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) with a Specialization in Psychology and a Minor in Law. Itoro also spent years working at community health clinics such as the Ottawa Mission Primary Health Clinic, in both healthcare and managerial positions, providing care to Ottawa’s most vulnerable.

As a law student, Itoro has continued to explore her passion for social justice and health equity. She has made contributions to health research through her positions as research assistant for the uOttawa Centre for Health Law, Policy, and Ethics as well as the Canadian Health Coalition under Pro Bono Law Student’s Canada. Itoro is also a member of Street Smart, a student-run club that aims to provide legal education to Ottawa’s street-involved youth. She recently completed a program at the University of Ottawa Community Legal Clinic, where she provided legal assistance on family law issues to marginalized groups.

To decompress, Itoro enjoys perusing historical fiction, writing cheesy poetry, or creating dramatic animations through digital art.

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