Our Story

We recognized a problem. Law students don’t have unencumbered access to key career-shaping information. Information about what it means to practice law in different areas, insights into various recruitment processes, the bar exam, the licensing process, and every other piece of the law school experience that shapes our developing professional life. Our solution is The Law School Show – a free discussion based podcast available at the click of a button.

At The Law School Show we talk to professionals who have lived the experiences. We ask pointed questions to discover the root of their decision-making processes. And aim to reveal the secrets of their success, the mistakes that they made along the way, and their unique personal advice for you.

The Law School Show is by law students, for past, present, and future law students. It is the first podcast of its kind and it will continue to uncover, unlock, and unleash the power of information for the benefit of your law career.

Our hosts

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Rishi Dhir

Co-Founder and Director

Some people have a hunger for knowledge – an unrelenting pursuit of learning across seemingly countless disciplines. Rishi is nothing if not this person. He consistently brings positivity to the discussion and makes the people around him better. He is good at finding creative solutions to complex problems and seeing them through to their logical end. A strong believer in grabbing life by the horns and making the most of every moment.

A graduate of uOttawa Law, Rishi completed his articles at Stikeman Elliott LLP in Toronto. He will be returning to Stikes in September 2016 as an associate in the Corporate Group. Prior to law school, Rishi worked at Microsoft Canada and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. You can find Rishi on LinkedIn, he loves to meet new people!

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Chris Deschenes

Co-Founder and Director

Calm and motivated, Chris is determined to build a legal career that compliments who he is and what he cares about. He is interested in ideas, creative thinking and challenge. Chris has a great ability to generate alternatives then pick one and see it through. He pursues high stakes moments because he understands this is where growth happens. Chris is self-aware which allows him to apply his skills honestly and effectively to help.

A graduate of uOttawa Law, Chris is currently an associate in the Litigation Group of Stikeman Elliott LLP in Toronto. During his articles at Stikes, Chris also completed a secondment at Coca-Cola. Prior to law school, Chris worked in music business and human resources. You can find him on LinkedIn and he’s happy to connect.

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Marco Figliomeni

Advisor and Host

Some live music, a dash a travel, a pinch of film and television intake, stirred with a curiosity to explore new ideas and the people behind them, and now you know a little bit about me.

I am a Business Affairs Analyst at the Shaw Rocket Fund.  While a student at the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University, I explored the impact of 21st century technology on the production, distribution and consumption of creative content.  This fascination has now translated into a survey of the profession in which I operate.  What does it mean to be modern legal professional?  How can one exploit a vacuum in the provision of legal services to create their own unique offering?  Definitive answers may not exist.  But through The Law School Show, I hope to explore this topic, as well as others, and to share it with as many interested people as possible.

Feel free to connect with me on LinkedIn.

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David Lu

Advisor and Host

I believe everyone has a story that deserves to be shared. With a background in social history, I have a passion for learning about the experiences of those around me and fostering greater understanding through this sharing of knowledge. A University of Ottawa student since undergrad, I have a variety of experiences prior to law school including time in the Canadian Armed Forces. When not doing law school things, you can find me on my bike, in the pool, or eating at a local ramen establishment. Growing up beside the Pacific Ocean, I always yearn for more time on the water with my sea kayak (although kayaking around Ottawa has also been enjoyable).

Feel free to connect with me on Linkedin

Angela Huang

Advisor and Host

After finishing a Master’s in International Management and living in eight cities in five countries, Angela has learned to adapt to different environments and to take on challenges. Her latest challenges include baking healthy cookies and learning Japanese. One of her goals is to master five languages. She is fluent in three languages so far: English, Mandarin, and French. She also enjoys analyzing data and finding ways to improve projects. She admits that she still likes to use Excel even after becoming a law student at the University of Ottawa. With her marketing experience, she intends on helping the Law School Show grow. She believes that more people would benefit from the tips and resources that the Law School Show provides. After all, she survived 1L partly on Law School Show’s advice.

Polly Ho

Manager and Host

I believe continuous learning and creativity is the key to a brighter future, and a big part of learning comes from connecting with others and reshaping our thoughts as we encounter new beliefs, cultures and ideas. Through the Law School Show, I hope to learn from others’ experiences, discover the steps they took to find success, and help students and young professionals in law find their career paths and passions.

Prior to law school, I was involved in a diverse array of work, including academic research, scientific translation, and patent prosecution. Outside of law school, I am interested in web development, jewellery designs and playing the ukulele.

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Jessica Chung

Assistant Manager and Host

Jessica strongly believes in the value of hearing others’ stories. Having entered law school without a full understanding of what a legal career entailed, the advice and experiences that those in the legal community shared with her were some of the greatest gifts she received. Jessica hopes to utilize the Law School Show to motivate students and to share useful information and insight from others.

Jessica completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology from UBC and is now a 2L at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law. Aside from the LSS, Jessica also volunteers for Pro Bono Students Canada. In her spare time, Jessica enjoys dancing, baking matcha lava cakes, and exploring the growing food scene in Ottawa.

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Nathan Henderson

Media Relations Coordinator, Toronto Team Coordinator, and Host

Originally hailing from Toronto, Nathan completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Waterloo in International Development, Peace & Conflict Studies and Spanish. He completed his undergraduate degree with a thesis on human-rights based development, where he identified the issues with the theory and provided recommendations for further improvement in practice. He worked most recently in Madrid, Spain at an NGO working towards EU transparency and access to information for EU citizens. Nathan is a current J.D. candidate at the University of Ottawa in English Common Law, Class of 2020.

Nathan’s passions include singing, dancing, acting, writing, basketball and just about about everything else. A lifelong love for learning spurs most of his interests, as well as his love of people. His greatest goal with the Law School Show is to make connections with lawyers who have used their law degree in out of the ordinary ways, and to share their stories with law students, future law students, and anyone else who wants to have a listen. Life is meant to be an adventure, and Nathan hopes to share stories of lawyers who are living their lives according to this philosophy.

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Alexis Shamess

Media Relations Coordinator and Host

I’ve always had a love for podcasts. I find it fascinating to listen to people informally and openly talk about their experiences and discuss topics that they are passionate about. Podcasts provides me with inspiration and I hope that the Law School Show will do the same for you. 

Prior to attending law school at uOttawa, I was a Policy Analyst at the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health, and Ministry of Municipal Affairs. Before that, I obtained my Master’s degree at the University of Waterloo, with a specialization in public policy and constitutional law. 

Innovative ideas and insights excite me. This is one of the many reasons why I’m looking forward to contributing to the amazing work that the Law School Show is engaged in. Feel free to connect with me on LinkedIn. 

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Paige Miltenburg

Ottawa Team Coordinator and Host

Paige’s interest in law stems from her experience working in a legal aid office in London, Ontario. Paige enjoyed working with individuals from all walks of life and advocating for their rights to adequate disability benefits, access to housing, and criminal injury compensation. Paige has always loved Ottawa because of it’s beautiful scenery, politically active citizens, and wide variety of Beavertails. Paige is a current law student at the University of Ottawa and is set to graduate in 2020. She completed a Bachelor of Social Work at Western University and is excited to put the advocacy skills she learned in that program to good use in her future legal career.

Paige hopes to provide current law school students with valuable information by engaging in interesting discussions with legal professionals who practice in a wide variety of areas of the law.

Paige loves to sing and will be performing in the upcoming law school musical this year.

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Kathleen Wang

Host

Kathleen’s adventurous and curious nature has motivated her to travel and volunteer abroad. She strives to bring 100% to the work that she does, but will always find time to connect with new people. With her experiences from working abroad and in the not-for-profit sector, she learned to approach new challenges in a creative and analytical manner. Kathleen is currently a law student at the University of Ottawa and she is set to graduate in 2019. She completed her undergrad at Western University.

Kathleen hopes to contribute to discussions and content developed by the Law School Show and aims to bring new perspectives to help current and future law students. If you cannot find Kathleen on campus, she might be off exploring new restaurants and coffee shops in the city.

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Diying Wu

Host

Diying is originally from Shanghai, China, and after finishing undergrad at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts and graduate studies at the University of Chicago, she worked in the field of China-Latin American Relations for 3 years at the University of California, San Diego, before moving to Ottawa in 2016. Diying is a current J.D. candidate at the University of Ottawa English Common Law program, and she is expecting to graduate in 2020. Diying is fluent in Chinese Mandarin and Spanish, and can have daily conversations in Japanese and Portuguese.

Diying wants to contribute to the Law School Show to broaden its function of virtual mentorship from legal professionals to students. As a hidden passion, Diying is much amazed by Astrophysics, and believes that humans will become an inter-planetary species in the near future.

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Janet Son

Host

Janet studied Literature and Critical Theory at the University of Toronto and has previously worked in documentary film, charities, and law firms in various capacities. She is fascinated by the power of story-telling and its ability to persuade and move people into action. She is now a 2L at the University of Ottawa and is passionate about producing episodes that show law students how technology can be harnessed to mitigate the access to justice crisis. An avid podcast listener, some of her favourites include Freakonomics Radio, TED Radio Hour, Cold Case Christianity and of course LSS. She is interested in Family Law, Child Protection and Charities and Not-for-Profit law. Outside of the law, she is a freelance floral designer for weddings and enjoys singing.

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