Western Law

Our Team

Director

Prof. Richard McLarenRichard H. McLaren is a Professor of Law at Western University. Professor McLaren has practical experience as a commercial lawyer, a labour and commercial arbitrator, mediator, and professional sports arbitrator. He is Counsel to McKenzie Lake Lawyers LLP law firm in London, Ontario.

Professor McLaren joined the Faculty of Law in 1972 and was Associate Dean from 1979-82. His principle teaching research interests are in the area of Alternative Dispute Resolution, Contracts, Debtor-Creditor Rights, Bankruptcy and Insolvency, Commercial and Business Law, and Sport and the Law.

He was a Canadian Co-Reporter and special consultant to the American Law Institute's Project on Transnational Insolvency in the three NAFTA countries. He is one of three Canadian academics who are members of the Insolvency Institute of Canada and is the only one who is a member of the American Academy of Commercial Finance Lawyers.

Appointments include: Higher Board of the Euro-Arab Arbitration System; International Court of Arbitration for Sport (which oversees the International Olympic Committee) for whom he was an on-site arbitrator at the 1998 and 2006 Winter Olympics in Nagano and Torino respectively; the 2000, 2004, and 2008 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Athens, and Beijing respectively; and the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester. 

Major publications

Student Directors 


Mohamed Abdel HadiMohamed Abdel Hadi

Mohamed is currently in his 2nd year of the JD program at Western. He earned his Honours Bachelor of Science at The University of Toronto with a specialization in Biology and a minor in Italian. Prior to law school, Mohamed worked as a health promoter, a personal trainer, and a Grillmaster at Harvey’s. During his first year at Western Law, Mohamed was a Caseworker with the Western Business Law Clinic and he competed in numerous advocacy competitions, earning himself a spot as a finalist in the Torys LLP Negotiation Competition. He is also a 2L Representative for the class of 2018 on the Student Legal Society.


Yasmin SattarzadehYasmin Sattarzadeh

Yasmin is currently in her 2nd year of the JD program at Western Law. She earned her Honours Bachelor of Arts, with a double major in Political Science and Criminology, from Trinity College at The University of Toronto. Prior to attending law school, Yasmin worked as an Aquatic Leader for The City of Vaughan. During her first year at Western Law, she was an Assistant Caseworker with Community Legal Services, a Caseworker with the Western Business Law Clinic, and a Student Ambassador. Yasmin competed in numerous advocacy competitions during her first year of law school, earning herself a spot as a semi-finalist in the Torys LLP Negotiation Competition, as well as finalist positions in the BLG Client Consultation Competition and the Legate and Associates Medical Malpractice Moot. She is also an executive member of the Orientation Committee and Co-Chair of the Wellness Committee at Western Law.

Summer Caseworkers

Marc-Anthony RoncaMarc-Anthony Ronca

Marc-Anthony is currently in his 2nd year of the JD program at Western Law. He earned his Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications and English at McMaster University. Prior to attending law school, Marc-Anthony worked as a Manager of Client Service at Scotiabank. He also volunteered with Elections Ontario, as well as with Junior Achievement teaching youth about financial literacy.  During his first year at Western Law, Marc-Anthony was a Student Ambassador and worked as a Caseworker with the Western Business Law Clinic.


Christopher ScotlandChristopher Scotland

Chris is currently in his 2nd year of the JD program at Western Law. He earned his Bachelor in Organizational and Managerial Studies with a specialization in Finance and Administration at Western University. Prior to attending law school, Chris earned his CPA and CA designations while working six years at KPMG, specializing in corporate tax. During his first year at Western Law, he participated in many advocacy competitions and won the BLG Client Consultation Competition. Chris was also a Caseworker with the Western Business Law Clinic during his first year.


Brian WongBrian Wong

Brian is currently in his 2nd year of the JD program at Western Law. He graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Science with distinction from Western University, with a double major in Medical Sciences and Environmental Sciences. Prior to attending Western Law, he worked at Sanofi Pasteur Limited as an intern as part of the Western Science Internship Program. Brian competed in multiple competitions throughout his first year of law school. He earned himself a spot as a finalist in the Torys LLP Negotiation Competition. In previous years, Brian volunteered his time serving on an Aboriginal reserve in northern Manitoba.

Mentors

Members of the London legal community are active participants in the WBLC’s operation. They dedicate pro bono hours to assist students in the analysis of legal issues and direct student research activities. We would like to thank the following Firms for their generous assistance:


Please contact us if you would like to become a mentor.