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 

Omar Mashnuk

Omar Mashnuk

Omar is currently in his 2nd year of the JD program at Western Law. He earned his Bachelor of Arts, with an Honours Specialization in Political Science, from Western University. Prior to attending law school, Omar worked at summer camps for the YMCA. During his first year at Western Law, he was a Caseworker with the Western Business Law Clinic, and a Student Ambassador. Omar competed in numerous advocacy competitions during his first year of law school, earning himself a spot as a finalist in the Chaitons LLP Corporate Restructuring Moot, as well as an honourable mention in the Cherniak Cup.

Connor MacdonaldConnor Macdonald

Connor is currently in his 2nd year of the JD program at Western. He earned his Bachelor of Management and Organizational Studies at Western University with a specialization in Finance. Before law school, Connor worked in public relations and investor relations, the wholesale food industry, and construction. During Connor’s first year at Western Law, he was a Caseworker with the Western Business Law Clinic, and he competed in numerous competitions, such as the Torys LLP Negotiation Competition and the Borden Ladner Gervais LLP/Cavalluzzo Labour Law Moot.

Summer Caseworkers

Sarah MackinnonSarah Mackinnon

Sarah is currently in her 2nd year of the JD program at Western Law. She earned her Honours Bachelor of Arts with a major in Political Science and a minor in History at Acadia University. Prior to attending law school, Sarah worked as a Project Manager at a marketing company. During her first year at Western Law, Sarah was a Caseworker with the Western Business Law Clinic. She competed in numerous advocacy competitions, and was a finalist in the Cherniak Cup, which allowed her to compete in the external moot Ontario Trial Lawyers Association Cup, in Toronto. She earned herself a spot as a finalist in the Chaitons LLP Corporate Restructuring Advocacy Competition as well.

Hartej KhanguraHartej Khangura

Hartej is currently in his second year of the JD program at Western Law. He completed an undergraduate business degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Before attending law school, Hartej worked for the world’s largest mining company, BHP Billiton, where he performed strategy, business development and valuation roles for the potash and diamonds groups. Hartej also has previous work experience with multinational corporations in the power generation and pipeline industries. During his first year at Western Law, Hartej was a member of the Distinguished Speakers Committee and a Caseworker with the Western Business Law Clinic. He competed in the BLG Client Consultation Competition and BLG/Cavalluzzo Labour Law Moot. Hartej currently serves as the VP of Finance for the Western Mining Law Club.

Joshua EdmundsJoshua Edmunds

Joshua is currently in his 2nd year of the JD program at Western Law. He earned his Honours Bachelor of Arts from McGill University, with a major concentration in Ancient History and a minor in Geography. Prior to law school, Joshua worked as an RBC client advisor, a student geologist in the mining industry in Northern Canada, and a salesman for Nordstrom. During his first year of law school, Joshua competed in several advocacy competitions, including the Chaitons LLP Corporate Restructuring competition, and the Cherniak Cup Trial Advocacy competition. When not engaged in his duties with the clinic, Joshua avidly writes fiction, screenplays and prose.

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.