Our Team:
Working Together

LAWS has offices at both the University of Toronto Faculty of Law and Osgoode Hall Law School at York Univeristy. Our team is made up of six committed and talented staff members including the Executive Director, four Program Managers, and the Program Administrator. LAWS also relies on the help of work study students and law student summer staff.

— Our Staff

Eleonora Dimitrova

Executive Director

Eleonora Dimitrova graduated from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law with a combined J.D./M.A. in International Relations.

After her admission to the Ontario Bar, Eleonora worked for Lawyers for Human Rights, an independent human rights organisation with a 40-year track record of human rights activism and public interest litigation in South Africa. Eleonora practiced in the areas of human rights, refugee protection and access to justice in their Durban office. Following her return to Canada, she joined Law in Action Within Schools (LAWS) as the Osgoode Hall Law School Program Manager and spearheaded the program's expansion in the Jane and Finch and York University Heights communities.

Eleonora is presently the Executive Director of Law in Action Within Schools (LAWS) and oversees the University of Toronto Faculty of Law Youth Summer Program.

Eleonora is passionate about youth outreach, legal education and civic engagement and has been extensively involved with LAWS in various capacities for over 10 years.

Stephanie Nilausen

Manager, Core Program, University of Toronto Faculty of Law

Stephanie has dedicated the last ten years of her career to justice education and access to justice initiatives.

As a Program Manager at the Ontario Justice Education Network, a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization established by the three Chief Justices of Ontario, Stephanie spearheaded a novel area of programming for elementary school students, promoting civic engagement, advocacy, conflict resolution skills and an understanding of the justice system to over 700 students each year in diverse communities.

As the bilingual Program Manager at the National Office for Pro Bono Students Canada, Stephanie managed seven law school chapters in Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick. She successfully developed seven new Family Law Projects to assist unrepresented litigants in family courts across Canada, working closely with the legal community in multiple jurisdictions.

Stephanie first began volunteering at LAWS when she was a law student. She joined LAWS in 2011 and has since managed both Core and Newcomer programming and worked at seven LAWS partner high schools across the TDSB.

Stephanie has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of British Columbia and a J.D. from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law.

Mary Owusu

Manager, Core Program, Osgoode Hall Law School

Mary graduated with a J.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University. As a law student she served as the co-president of the Black Law Student's Association, participated in the Parkdale Community Legal Services Intensive and was extensively involved with LAWS. Mary articled with Rexdale Community Legal Clinic and has a substantial background in community and access to justice initiatives. She has also worked internationally with community-based organizations such as the Female Lawyers Association Gambia (FLAG), Foundation for Human Rights Initiative Uganda (FHRI) and the Pan-African Defenders Network. Mary has a strong passion for human rights, community empowerment and increasing diversity within the legal profession.

Justin Khan

Manager, Partner Relations & Alumni Program

Since joining LAWS, Justin has had the opportunity of working directly with all seven partner high schools, in both the Core and Newcomer Programs, respectively. Under his current portfolio, he is working to create new partner relations with justice sector organizations across the GTA. In 2018 he worked directly with over 70 different legal partners to secure placements as part of the LAWS Summer Job Program. In addition to this, he is developing a program for LAWS alumni students who are currently enrolled in post-secondary education and strongly considering law school.

Justin graduated from law school with high honours and during his three years he was Student Head of Pro Bono Initiatives and was part of an Innocence Network Chapter. As a lawyer, Justin has taken a keen interest in human rights work and promoting legal diversity within the justice sector. He has previously been a volunteer Policy Advisor at the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network where he worked with a Jamaican based lawyer on a Supreme Court challenge against Jamaica’s anti-sodomy laws. He currently sits on the Board of Directors for The 519 Community Centre, one of North America's largest LGBTQ2+ Community Centres. Through The 519, he is currently chairing an advisory committee of a select group of Toronto's LGBTQ2+ lawyers to implement a three-year strategy which focuses on establishing and supporting the development of a legal framework to ensure accountable systemic change. Justin is also serving as Chair, 2019 Green Space Festival, in support of The 519.

Monica Carreon Diez

Manager, Newcomer Program

Monica graduated from Ryerson University with an M.A. in Immigration & Settlement Studies and holds a Paralegal Certificate from George Brown College. Her experience in immigration matters includes front-line work, academic research and consulting for the non-profit sector. Monica’s experience as a legal professional includes having worked for the Law Foundation of Ontario, the Ministry of the Attorney General and the Refugee Law Office. She is passionate about immigrants’ rights, legal education and access to justice.

Donna Mobbs

Administrator

Donna joined LAWS in 2015.