Record-breaking number of students secure judicial clerkships

March 29, 2022

Supreme Court of Canada

Western Law is pleased to share that 10 of our students will be spending the 2023-24 year clerking at various federal and provincial courts – the highest number of judicial clerkships secured by the Faculty in a single year.

Of this year’s applicants, four students have been selected to clerk at the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, two at the Federal Court of Canada, two at the Tax Court of Canada, one at the Court Martial Appeal Court of Canada, and one at the Ontario Court of Appeal.

“I am thrilled that so many of our students will have an opportunity to serve as judicial clerks,” said Associate Dean Andrew Botterell, who co-directs Western’s clerkship program with Professor Wade Wright. “It is a testament to the overall strength of our JD student body. They will have an enriching and rewarding experience and will be exposed to some of the very best legal minds in the country.”

During their clerkship, this year’s successful applicants will have the chance to help judges by conducting legal research, writing legal memos, assisting in the drafting and editing of decisions and speeches, and attending oral hearings.

It’s an incredible honour and a privilege to have the opportunity to work with some of Canada’s brightest legal thinkers on novel and pressing legal issues,” said Rebecca Orsini. “I’m particularly excited to have such a unique opportunity to focus on the law itself and to be a part of the law-making process so early on in my career.”

The full list of this year’s appointees can be found below:

Ontario Court of Appeal: Rebecca Orsini
Court Martial Appeal Court of Canada: Rahul Sapra
Federal Court of Canada: Sarah Badawi and Andrea Strathdee
Tax Court of Canada: Claire Balas and Tom Leschinski
Ontario Superior Court of Justice: Megan Brohman, Patrick Carl, Mark Penner, and Aleida Prinzen