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

Review Counsel

Philip King

Philip King is a corporate and commercial lawyer in London, Ontario. Philip also teaches Business Law at the Faculty of Law at Western University, the Ivey Business School, and the DAN Program in Management and Organizational Studies. As a student at Western University, Philip was awarded the gold medal in the combined Law and M.B.A. program. After working at a major Toronto corporate law firm, Philip returned to London to teach and practice business law. Philip has worked with some of Canada’s finest lawyers and businesspeople and has helped clients successfully complete dozens of corporate transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, private placements and public offerings. Philip has also sat on, and chaired, the boards of multiple business corporations and charitable organizations. 

Student Directors

Cindy KimCindy Kim

Cindy is currently in her second year of the JD program at Western Law. She earned two Bachelor of Science degrees from Western University; one honours specialization in Biology and another honours specialization in Genetics. She also completed her Masters in Environment and Sustainability at Western University. Prior to attending law school, Cindy worked for the federal government at Environment and Climate Change Canada as a junior science and technology policy analyst.

During her first year at Western Law, Cindy was a Caseworker with the Western Business Law Clinic and was a finalist in the Cherniak Cup. She also volunteered for London Lawyers Feed the Hungry.

Outside of work and school, Cindy enjoys skiing and musical theatre.

Krista Yip-ChuckKrista Yip-Chuck

Krista is currently in her second year of the JD program at Western Law. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Yale University. Prior to attending law school, Krista was the captain of the varsity hockey team at Yale University and played in Europe for the Latvian national team.

During her first year at Western Law, she was a Caseworker with the Western Business Law Clinic, a Student Ambassador, and a Sports Representative for the Entertainment and Sports Law Association. Krista competed in advocacy competitions during her first year of law school, and was a finalist in the Torys LLP Negotiation Competition.

Krista’s interests include travelling, fitness and reality television.

Summer Caseworkers

Conner SipaConner Sipa

Conner is currently in his second year of the JD program at Western Law. He earned his Bachelor of Social Sciences with an Honours Specialization in Conflict Studies and Human Rights at the University of Ottawa and is bilingual in French and English. Prior to attending law school, Conner worked at the Assembly of First Nations and in various departments of the Federal Government. During his first year at Western Law, Conner was a 1L Associate Caseworker with Community Legal Services, the Vice-President of Internal Affairs for the Western Human Rights Law Student Society, and competed in various competitions, including as a Finalist in the Cherniak Cup Trial Advocacy Competition and Semi-Finalist in the Torys LLP Negotiation competition. Outside of his work with the Clinic, Conner enjoys biking and spending time with his dog.

Lipika SinghLipika Singh

Lipika is currently in her second year of the JD and Honors Business Administration (HBA) dual degree program at Western University. Prior to attending law school, Lipika worked as an Assistant Underwriter for Wawanesa Insurance Company. During her first year at Western Law, Lipika was a Caseworker with the Western Business Law Clinic. She is also an active member of the Western community, volunteering as a frosh leader and acting as the finance director for Active Minds Western, which is a student run mental health awareness club. Outside of work, Lipika enjoys pilates and painting.

Parish BhumgaraParish Bhumgara

Parish is currently in his second year of the JD program at Western Law. He earned his Bachelor and Master of Arts in Philosophy from Queen’s University. Prior to attending law school, Parish worked in sales, selling ad-space in Horizon Travel and Lifestyle Magazine. During his first year at Western Law, Parish co-founded a non-profit organization aimed at increasing awareness about mental health issues, called the Mental Health Awareness Foundation of Canada. He also competed in several advocacy competitions, including the Lenczner Slaght LLP Ethics and Professionalism Competition. Outside of work and school, Parish enjoys running and playing tennis.

Mentors

Our mentor lawyers 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.