Rachel Allen

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Rachel is an articling student at Polley Faith. She was previously a summer student at the firm.

While in law school, Rachel was a Senior Editor of the Law Review journal and a member of the Moot Court Committee. In her first-year summer, Rachel worked for professors at the University of Toronto law faculty as a Casebook Research Assistant. She researched a variety of areas of law, including contract law, immigration law, and tort law. She competed in the Callaghan Moot, where she and her partner were awarded Top Appellant Factum. Rachel volunteered for the International Human Rights Program and for Pro Bono Students Canada. She also served as co-leader for the Women’s Human Rights Resources research group. Rachel completed an externship for Aboriginal Legal Services.

Rachel anticipates being called to the Ontario bar in 2023.

Bianca Braganza

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Before joining Polley Faith as an articling student, Bianca was a summer student at the firm. She graduated from the transsystemic law program at McGill University, where she obtained a dual degree in Common Law (JD) and Civil Law (BCL). While in law school, Bianca worked as a research assistant in the areas of tax law, criminal law, and administrative law. She was a Senior Editor for the McGill Journal of Law and Health and volunteered for the Clinique Juridique de Saint-Michel, a legal clinic in Montreal specializing in racial profiling. Bianca was also a Pro Bono Students Canada volunteer at the Center for Research-Action on Race Relations. She served as the Co-President of the Women of Color Collective and was the Program Coordinator for Law Education Connection (LEX), the Faculty of Law’s youth outreach program.

Prior to law school, Bianca completed an Honours Bachelor of Health Sciences from Western University (Top 5%). She then completed a joint Master of Science in Global Health from McMaster University and Maastricht University, where she received the Ontario Graduate Scholarship. During her studies, Bianca worked for municipal, provincial, and federal levels of government. 

Bianca serves as a Board Member for the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism, at McGill University’s Faculty of Law. She is currently Co-Chair of the Student and New Call Events Committee with the Group of Racialized Ontario Women Litigators (GROWL). She is also an organizing committee member for PRISME, Canada’s annual LGBTQ2S+ Law Conference. 

Bianca anticipates being called to the Ontario Bar in 2023.

Annecy Pang

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Annecy is an articling student at Polley Faith and previously summered with the firm. She also spent a summer examining the impact of social media networks on disinformation and freedom of expression. While in law school, Annecy was actively involved in the school community and received the Students’ Law Society Upper Year Mentorship Award in 2021 for her dedication. She led a student working group on facial recognition technology at the David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights and was the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Faculty’s student newspaper.

Annecy is passionate about equity and inclusion. She was the Co-President of University of Toronto’s Asia Law Society, is a current Student Director at the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers (FACL) – Ontario chapter, and is Co-Chair of the Student and New Call Committee at the Group of Racialized Ontario Women Litigators (GROWL). She received FACL Ontario’s Omatsu scholarship award in 2021 for her volunteer work.

Annecy obtained her JD from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law. Prior to law school, she completed her Bachelor of Arts and Science (Honours) at McMaster University, graduating with distinction.

Annecy anticipates being called to the Ontario bar in 2023.

Olivia O’Connor

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Olivia is a summer student at Polley Faith and will return to complete her JD at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law in the fall. This past year, she worked as a research assistant, moot coach, and student tutor, and presented at the Faculty’s winter conference on Law and the Climate Crisis. Olivia took the top team and top oralist prizes at the 2023 Callaghan Cup Moot, and looks forward to representing the Faculty at its 2023 Grand Moot. She is Editor-in-Chief of the Faculty’s Journal of Law & Equality. Prior to law school, Olivia completed a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Toronto, double majoring in Peace, Conflict, and Justice Studies and Philosophy, where she placed first in her graduating class at Trinity College.

Benjamin MacLean-Max

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Ben is a summer student at Polley Faith, returning to his third and final year at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. At law school, Ben has worked as a student tutor, moot coach, and research assistant and participated in the Faculty’s Grand Moot in the fall of 2022. Ben is an incoming Editor-in-Chief for the University of Toronto Faculty of Law Review. He and his partner placed first at the 2023 Gale Cup moot tournament, and won the second-place factum prize, while Ben won the top oralist prize. Prior to law school, Ben worked for Global Affairs Canada, and got his BA in Peace, Conflict, & Justice Studies from the University of Toronto, with minors in Philosophy and Women & Gender studies.

Lilliana Molek

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Lilliana is a summer student at Polley Faith LLP and an incoming 3L at Osgoode Hall Law School. This past year, she was a caseworker in the housing rights division at Parkdale Community Legal Services where she represented low-income tenants facing eviction before the Landlord and Tenant Board. Lilliana was also selected to be a Dean’s Fellow for criminal law at Osgoode where she served as an upper-year mentor for 1L students, providing strategies for how to succeed in the course. After her 1L year, Lilliana was awarded the McMillan LLP Award for her academic excellence. In her 1L summer, she worked as a summer student for a criminal defence lawyer.

Prior to law school, Lilliana graduated from Toronto Metropolitan University with distinction and completed her B.A. Hons. in Criminology with a minor in French. Throughout her time there, she volunteered for various criminal justice organizations and worked as a research assistant.