Maria earned her Juris Doctor at the University of Western Ontario Faculty of Law. During law school, Maria participated in seven advocacy competitions. She represented her law school at the National Labour Arbitration Competition where she presented both management-side and union-side positions before two diverse panels of judges comprised of lawyers and arbitrators. During her first two years of law school, Maria volunteered at the law school’s Community Legal Services clinic where she assisted students and postdoctoral fellows with immigration matters, represented tenants before the Landlord and Tenant Board and advocated for clients on various civil litigation matters at Small Claims Court. Maria was also active in the law school student community, holding chair positions in two Student Legal Society organizations.
Apart from oral advocacy, Maria has taken opportunities to hone her legal writing and research skills as a managing editor of the Western Journal of Legal Studies and in her previous summer roles working for an international organization and in the legal department of an investment management firm.
In her free time, Maria enjoys traveling, learning new languages, singing, playing piano, fitness and watching insightful documentaries.