Name: Tiyam Shiribabadi
Title: Vice President
Law School: Osgoode Hall Law School, Class of 2021
Background: I was born in Montreal and grew up both in Montreal and Toronto. My parents immigrated to Canada from Iran. While being a first generation student has its challenges, it has also provided me with the unique opportunity to be exposed to three different cultures. Witnessing my parents’ work ethic has instilled in me perseverance and resilience. I now serve as a mentor to my sister, who is completing a Bachelor of Commerce, and share any wisdom that I wish knew when I was completing my undergraduate studies.
Current and Future Plans: This summer, I was a research assistant for the Associate Professor and Associate Dean Karen Drake at Osgoode. This term, I look forward to completing a full-time placement at the Human Rights Legal Support Centre as part of Osgoode Hall Law School’s Anti-Discrimination Intensive program.
Memorable Moment in Law School: During my first year of law school, I attended the Small Towns and Big Dreams event where I had the chance to meet the former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, Beverley McLachlin. This event reminded me of the barriers I overcame to attend law school and it was empowering to connect with other first generation students from across Canada.
Fun Facts About Me: I’m a poetry and short story writer, a visual arts enthusiast and a polyglot.
Advice for Incoming Law Students: Focus on your journey and where you want to be once law school is over. There will be moments where you compare yourself to your peers or question whether you made the right decision, but always remind yourself of your achievements and the person you are outside of the classroom.