On behalf of HARRISON PENSA™ and the Articling Student Committee, we would like to welcome and introduce new Articling Students (above, from left to right) Aiden Nelms, David Spence, Jory Garibaldi and Julian Franch to the firm.
Aiden Nelms graduated from the Dual JD program at Windsor/Detroit Mercy, where he was the VP of the Windsor Sport and Entertainment Law Society and, during the summer of 2015, completed an externship with one of the judges at the 18th District Court of Michigan. Aiden obtained an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology from Western University. He went on to secure a position with hometown heroes, the London Knights, where he worked as a marketing intern, a hockey operations assistant, and a statistical analyst. In those roles, Aiden has scouted eligible skaters and assisted with player contracts. Prior to his post-secondary studies, Aiden was a nationally ranked FIS ski racer and attended the National Ski Academy in Collingwood.
David Spence graduated from the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law at Lakehead University, which is an intensive, practical program. Students graduating from the school can be called to the bar immediately, but many choose to article and we are pleased that David has chosen that route. During his law school career, David was the VP Finance of the Law Students’ Society, edited the law school’s publication (the Northern Law Compass), and was the Student Ambassador for the Association in Defence of the Wrongfully Convicted. In law school, David was awarded course prizes in Property Law and Professional Responsibility, and won first place in the Lakehead Charter Moot. Before going to law school, David worked for Bruce Power in a business support capacity, acted as a union steward and was President of the North American Young Generation in Nuclear.
Jory Garibaldi is a graduate of the Dual JD Program at Windsor Law and Detroit Mercy Law, where she obtained a JD Degree from both law schools. Jory graduated Magna Cum Laude, was a Dean’s Scholar, and graduated among the top students in her class. Jory was recently inducted into the Frank Murphy Honor Society due to her academic achievements at Detroit Mercy Law. During law school, Jory interned at the Detroit State Defender’s Office, was a student ambassador, and she acted as an intake worker in the Essex County Youth Diversion Program. During her undergraduate degree, in which she majored in English Literature and minored in Global Studies, Jory was the captain of the Wilfrid Laurier women’s lacrosse team and was an Aramark Academic-Athletic Scholarship recipient. Jory spent her year after graduation working as the head coach of the Laurier women’s lacrosse team.
Julian Franch graduated from the University of Windsor, where he obtained his MBA and JD degrees. While at Windsor, Julian received the Don Riley Award for academic, community, and leadership merit, as well as the First Overall Legal Presentation Award at the UWill Discover Conference. He completed the Bloomberg Essentials Certifications in core, fixed income, equity, commodity, and foreign exchange matters, before going on to teach other students as the Odette Financial Markets Lab Graduate Assistant. Julian obtained an undergraduate degree in psychology at King’s University College at Western University, where he received the Principal’s Regis Scholarship for top academic average. He has varied work experience as a Research Assistant with the Entrepreneurship Practice and Innovation Centre in Windsor, and as a Business Development Specialist for a financial service company in Toronto. To top it all off, Julian owned and instructed a ballroom dance studio for several years.
Welcome to the firm Aiden David, Jory and Julian! We look forward to reading about their articling experience through their blogs. Stay tuned!