Current Students

Michelle Kumar, Summer Law Student
Law School: CAN JD/USA JD, University of Windsor and the University of Detroit Mercy
Tel: 416.840.6661
Email: mkumar@beardwinter.com

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Prior to attending law school, Michelle completed an honours undergraduate degree in social work at York University and graduated as a member of the Dean’s list. She subsequently completed a Masters of Social Work at the University of Western Ontario where she was an active member of the school community and worked as a family therapist.

Michelle is currently in her 2L year at the University of Windsor and the University of Detroit Mercy, receiving both a Canadian and American Juris Doctor. Upon being accepted to law school, Michelle received the Faculty of Law, Canadian & American Dual JD Program Award and the Stephen C. Roberts Award in Mem. of Ben. J. Yuffy from the University of Windsor Faculty of Law. Michelle also received the Virginia Leo Sirotnak Scholarship and the Detroit Mercy Law Legacy of Excellence Scholarship from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law.

Michelle acted as a student peer mentor for Windsor Law, served on the Social Orientation committee for incoming students and judged the annual University of Windsor Undergraduate Mock Trial Tournament Cup alongside judges of the Ontario Superior Court. Michelle has also participated in several moots during her time in the Dual JD program. She received an Award of Distinction for exception advocacy skills in the G. Mennen Williams Moot Court Competition and was the Champion of the Patrick A. Keenan Appellate Advocacy Competition where she presented arguments in front of a large audience and Michigan Supreme Court Judges. Most recently, Michelle completed a judicial clerkship with the Honourable Judge Mark McConnell in the 18th District Court of Michigan.

Beyond the classroom and workplace, Michelle enjoys writing music, singing, playing video games and watching TV medical dramas. She is also an avid Raptors fan.

Ashley Seely, Summer Law Student
Law School: University of Ottawa
Tel: 416.840.6668
Email: aseely@beardwinter.com

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Ashley is a student in the English Common Law program at the University of Ottawa. She studied psychology in her undergraduate at Athabasca University and developed a strong interest in the psychology of law. During her undergraduate studies, she was a student advocate as a councillor with the Students’ Union. As a law student, she continues to advocate for students as the co-president of University of Ottawa Association of Women and Law and the president of Mature Students in Law Society. She is also an executive member of the civil litigation and class actions sections of the OBA. Ashley was a Dean’s Fellow and acted as a Teaching Assistant in the area of property law. She is also an avid mooter, having competed in several moot and negotiation competitions, including the Copyright Policy Moot, in which her team placed first in the Grand Orals. Her work experience includes teaching and tutoring aspiring law and medical students as they prepare to write their entrance exams.

In her free time, Ashley cooks competitively and enjoys cooking for friends and family.

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