In Conversation: Mental Health and the Legal Profession

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Join us for an interactive conversation about mental health and the range of experience within law school and the profession.

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The legal profession is demanding, exacting and rigorous. The experience of law school is also rigorous as part of the preparation for practice. Two alumni of the law school join our moderators for a discussion of the experience of mental health as a student and also the experience of transitioning into professional practice.

Time will be set aside for student questions and participation.

Our alumni panelists are:

Ramz Aziz is in a graduate of the JD/MBA program at UofT and was actively involved in designing and delivering mental health and wellness programs for students. He continues to work to overcome stigma and create spaces for conversations about mental health and wellbeing including at his current law firm, where he practices as an associate. Ramz is particularly passionate about growth and development through a mindful approach towards leadership.

Lucas Hildebrand is an associate based in Cleary Gottlieb’s New York office. His practice focuses on corporate and financial transactions. He has worked on matters for public and private companies, private equity sponsors, financial institutions, and governmental bodies in leveraged finance, acquisition finance, distressed lending, and other financing transactions. Lucas joined the firm in 2018. He received a J.D. from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law and a B.Sc. in Psychology from Queen’s University.


Erica McLachlan is in her final year of the JD/MPP program and has been committed to growing mental health initiatives at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law since her first year. She has been a Peer Mental Health Mentor for three years, and is the co-founder and a facilitator of "Law Chats," a peer-facilitated group where students are invited to talk about mental health.

Terry Gardiner is Student Mental Health and Wellness Program Manager at the law school. He supports development of the mental health strategy and implementation of programming to promote positive mental health. He also helps students connect to wellness resources within the law school, the University and in the wider community. Terry is a registered social worker and psychotherapist.

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