SLS Executive 2016-2017
Sarah Bittman, President – 3L
Sarah grew up in Mississauga and holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in philosophy from the University of Western Ontario (as it then was). After leaving London, she moved to Los Angeles to start a joint JD/PhD in philosophy at UCLA. When she realized Los Angeles was not for her, she moved to Toronto to continue her previous work waiting tables. Philosophy remains a passion of hers, as well as reading, doing yoga, playing most sports, drinking wine, and arguing about almost anything.
Katie Longo, VP Student Affairs and Governance – 2L
Katie grew up in Toronto and holds a Bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Toronto and a Master’s degree in Political History from Oxford. After graduate school, she worked in the House of Commons (UK) and later as a freelance researcher. Katie is keen to focus on public interest law, particularly advocacy for human and animal rights. Outside of school, she enjoys feeding people vegan food, biking, and yelling at sports games on the tv like an old man.
Christina Liao, VP Social Affairs – 2L
Christina was born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario and is now a proud Dundasian. She completed a Medical Sciences and Business dual degree at Western and the Ivey School of Business.
This summer, she had the best summer ever as a 1L summer student at Goodmans LLP. When not at school, she is probably either figure skating or baking treats for friends.
Jimmy Chang – 3L
Ramz Aziz – 2L JD/MBA
A native of Pakistan, Ramz has lived most of his Canadian life in Waterloo and Halifax before calling Toronto home. He is in the second year of the JD/MBA program, and is loving his year at Rotman. An avid traveler, he aims to visit every continent before his 30th birthday.
In his spare time, Ramz enjoys building cherished memories with his spouse and child. He also loves to devote time to community projects, volunteering with Second Harvest Food Recovery Network. At the University of Toronto, he sits on the University Tribunal for academic discipline and appeals, and chairs the Poverty sub-commission of the University of Toronto Students’ Union. Belonging to a cultural and religious minority, Ramz is an active member of South Asian, Muslim and social justice advocacy groups in Toronto.
Benjamin Pan – 2L
Benjamin grew up in Vancouver before moving to Toronto for his undergraduate studies, completing an Honours B.A. in Economics and Political Science at the University of Toronto. He is currently a second year JD student at the Faculty of Law. In addition to serving as Secretary for the SLS this year, Benjamin is also working with the Canadian Civil Liberties Association as a PBSC volunteer conducting client intake and screening. During his 1L summer, Benjamin worked as a summer intern at the Toronto offices of a large pharmaceutical company. His favourite activity in his spare time is indulging in his love of cinema, and more particularly, his love of animated films.
Peter Pai – 2L
Peter was born in Taiwan, and moved to Toronto at age 4. Before law school, he earned a B.A. in Criminology and Ethics, Society & the Law at the University of Toronto. After being legally able to work at age 15, he has held a variety of jobs from hustling as a carnival barker to developing self-help programs at a community mental health centre. In his 1L summer he worked as a research assistant at Blue J Legal helping to build the world’s first legal Terminator. Peter is interested in criminal law and in particular white collar crime. Outside of school, he also enjoys playing volleyball and embarrassing himself at hip hop dance classes.
Shari Nathan – 2L
Per Kraut – 2L
Originally from Winnipeg, Per did his undergraduate studies in Environmental Science and Economics at McGill University. During that time, he completed a research project with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama. This sparked his interest in Latin America and led him to work in Buenos Aires when he graduated. Per spent his 1L summer interning at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok. Outside of school, Perenjoys biking around the city and discovering creative takes on the classic Eggs Benedict at the various brunch locales Toronto has to offer.
Ejona Xega – 3L
Ejona has mostly lived in Toronto since she moved a full 32.7 km away from home to complete her Double Major in Philosophy and Political Science at UofT (University College ((UC UC!!)). Upon graduating, Ejona spent a year living abroad in Austria. Her German has not improved much from those initial introductory courses.
Currently, she is a proud Beacher and feminist, loves walking her Golden Retriever and visiting her Rottie at her family’s home. You can always find her aimlessly wandering around with a coffee in hand.
Chief Returning Officers
Wes Hopkin – 3L