Alum Co-Founds New Non-Profit Connecting Law Students to Projects
A new non-profit is connecting law students who want to virtually volunteer their time with legal organizations that need help on a project-by-project basis during the current pandemic. LawLinks was co-founded by Davina Shivratan, BBA (2016) and University of Toronto JD/MBA graduate and Nadia Shivratan, UWindsor JD student.
“We noticed that COVID-19 created substantial economic uncertainties that resulted in many legal organizations being unable to take on new hires, and law students having their summer opportunities dissolve,” said Davina. “We founded LawLinks to address this gap and provide the legal industry with some much needed assistance.”
Within just the first two weeks of launching, LawLinks received over 200 law student volunteers and opened up registration to law students and law firms across Canada.
Students have been matched on a wide range of projects including: updating law firm fact sheets to reflect new legislative changes; preparing shareholder agreement risk profile grids; conducting research briefs on an area of the law; writing law firm articles on case law; and reviewing an organization’s internal policies.
“The breadth of business knowledge I gained in my BBA at Schulich helped me develop streamlined processes that connect organizational design, operations management and business strategy,” Davina said. “Running a non-profit is very much like running a business as it requires you to draw links between aspects of business theory.”
If you are interested in volunteering or registering a project, visit www.lawlinks.org.