The student team at Whitelaw Twining is motivated and dynamic. Meet these talented professionals as they take early steps in their legal careers.

Lauren Gnanasihamany

Lauren received an honours history degree from the University of Alberta in 2016 and graduated from Peter A. Allard School of Law with her JD in 2020. During her time in law school, Lauren has had a number of experiences that have shaped her knowledge and appreciation of the law. These include working with underserved clients through Pro Bono Students Canada and arguing Charter claims in the Wilson Moot in 2019. In her last semester of law school, Lauren worked directly with Provincial Court Judges at the 222 Main Courthouse doing research and court-watching through the Judicial Externship program.
Lauren looks forward to gaining practical legal skills at Whitelaw and participating in the collegial environment at the firm.
In her spare time, Lauren enjoys spending time with friends, and making the most of her first summer living full-time in Vancouver.

Karen McLean

Karen received her Bachelor of Laws from Durham University in England in 2015, her Master of Laws (Common Law) from Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia in 2017, and her Certificate of Qualification from the National Committee on Accreditation in 2018. Over the course of her education and since graduating, Karen has worked with a variety of legal organizations conducting legal research, drafting legal documents, presenting arguments before tribunals, and accompanying clients to court appearances.

Karen is most excited to work with and learn from her colleagues at Whitelaw Twining. She is also keen to gain practical experience in the firm’s many areas of expertise and help advocate for its clients.

In her spare time, Karen enjoys hiking, kayaking, riding horses, and trying new activities with friends.

Heather Purves

Heather Purves is an articling student at Whitelaw Twining. She graduated from the University of Victoria Faculty of Law in 2019 with Co-op certification, which gave her the opportunity to work with the Penticton and Area Access Society and the Representative of Children and Youth. She did her best to make the most of law school, participating on the hockey, basketball, baseball and soccer intramural teams, volunteering with Pro Bono Students Canada and the Intercultural Association of Victoria, and acting as Co-President of LEVEL: UVic Chapter (previously Canadian Lawyers Abroad). She was able to participate in the Wilson Moot, with her team coming third overall in the competition. In 2017 Heather took a term away from law school to volunteer with the Legal Centre Lesvos, a refugee clinic in Moria Camp, Lesvos, Greece. She finished her legal education on exchange at the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.

This is Heather’s first time with Whitelaw-Twining, but she is most looking forward to learning legal skills informed by a focus on progressive and creative problem solving, among a community of lawyers known for valuing a communal and collaborative workplace.

In her spare time, Heather enjoys long runs, time in the mountains, and playing (or teaching) guitar.

Logan Rogers

Logan is an articling student at Whitelaw Twining. He received his JD from the Thompson Rivers University Faculty of Law in 2020. Prior to law school, Logan obtained his MA from the University of Toronto in 2017 and his BA from Simon Fraser University in 2016.

While at law school, Logan was a director for the 2019 TRU Law Conference, the President of the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Club, and Co-President of the Oral Advocacy Club. He also received the course prize for both Constitutional Law and Administrative Law and worked as a student clinician with the TRU Law Community Legal Clinic. His favourite law school memories are participating in the 2019 Hockey Arbitration Competition of Canada and winning the Hoop-Law competitive division in 2019.

Logan is excited to gain practical experience in Whitelaw Twining’s various practice areas and learn from various skilled lawyers at the firm.

In his spare time, Logan enjoys playing basketball, skiing, hiking, and talking just about anything sports related.

Rozita Taeidi

Rozita first joined Whitelaw Twining as a summer student in 2019 and is now an articling student. She graduated from Thompson Rivers University Faculty of Law in 2020 and was placed on the Dean's List in her final year of studies. Prior to articling, Rozita was actively involved in supporting and contributing to the legal community through Pro Bono Students Canada, the Law Students' Legal Advice Program, the First Generation Network, and Vancouver's Downtown Community Court in partnership with the Elizabeth Fry Society of Greater Vancouver.

Rozita continues to thrive in Whitelaw Twining's collegial, enthusiastic, and supportive atmosphere. As she begins to take on more interesting and dynamic work, Rozita looks forward to developing her legal skills and knowledge to become a competent advocate.

In her spare time, Rozita enjoys maintaining an active lifestyle, exploring local coffee shops, and embracing her creativity.

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