Zoe Sebastien

Zoe Sebastien

Articling Student

Contact Information

zsebastien@osler.com

tel: 416.646.4523

Office

Toronto

Education

  • University of Toronto, J.D. (2021)
  • University of Toronto, M.A. in Philosophy (2018)
  • University of Toronto, B.A. (Honours) in Philosophy (Governor General’s Silver Medalist) (2017)

Language(s)

English, French

Zoe Sebastien is a current articling student who will be working with our Litigation and Real Estate groups this fall. Zoe completed her J.D. at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, where she served as a Senior Editor on the University of Toronto Faculty of Law Review, the President of the French Club and the Founder and Co-Chair of le Symposium 2020 Droit et langue française, a symposium co-organized by Massey College and the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. While she was a law student, Zoe also competed in the 2020 Wilson Moot, winning First Place Team Overall and First Place Facta, and served as a member of the Lead Team of the Organizing Committee for the first national bilingual Immigration, Refugee, and Citizenship Law Moot.

Zoe worked as a summer student with our Litigation and Real Estate Groups last summer, and spent the summer prior working as a summer student in the Office of the Chief Justice at the Superior Court of Justice in Toronto. Before law school, Zoe completed a S.S.H.R.C.-funded M.A. and B.A. with honours in philosophy at the University of Toronto; her research focused on transgender rights and metaphysics. Zoe is currently co-authoring two forthcoming textbooks on law and society.

  • Dean’s Academic Success Program, Academic Advisor (2020-2021)
  • Fay Keen Prize for excellence in Family Law (2020)
  • McRuer Scholarship for excellence in Administrative Law (2020)
  • Dean’s Leadership Award for outstanding co- and extra-curricular leadership (2020)
  • Wilson Moot Coach (2021), First Place Team Overall and Second Place Facta
  • Wilson Moot Competitor (2020), First Place Team Overall and First Place Facta
  • The George and Helen Doner Scholarship from Victoria College, awarded to the graduating student with the highest standing among those admitted to the University of Toronto Faculty of Law (renewed each year of law school based on academic performance, 2018-2021)
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (S.S.H.R.C.) Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships Doctoral Scholarship (offered in 2018 for research on transgender rights and metaphysics, but declined offer to attend law school)
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (S.S.H.R.C.) Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s Award (2017-2018), awarded for interdisciplinary research on transgender rights and metaphysics
  • Governor General’s Silver Medal (2017) for attaining the highest academic standing upon graduation from a bachelor degree program; The Women’s Centenary Silver Medal (2017); The Sanford Gold Medal (2017); University of Toronto Alumni Association (UTAA) Scholar (2017); The Mary M. Pearson Scholarship (2016); The Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (I.H.P.S.T.) Award for the Best Essay on the Theory of Scientific Change (2015)
  • Governor General’s Bronze Medal (2013) for attaining the highest academic standing upon graduation from a secondary school

Industry Recognition in the Media

 

  • Competitor, then volunteer board member, judge and trainer for DECA (2009-Present), an international professional development program focused on business case competitions
    • VP of Operations of the DECA Network (2016-2017)
    • Team Leader of the DECA Ontario Leadership Development Academy (2015-2016)
    • VP of Marketing of the DECA U Ontario Board of Directors (2014-2015)
  • Founder and Co-Chair of the Organizing Committee for le Symposium Droit et langue française (2020), a symposium co-organized by Massey College and the University of Toronto Faculty of Law
  • Member of the Lead Committee of the Organizing Committee for the first national bilingual Immigration, Refugee, and Citizenship Law Moot (2020-2021)

Pro Bono / Community Work in the Media

  • Junior Fellow (2017-2021) and now Alumna of Massey College
  • Jackman Scholars-in-Residence (SiR) Award Program Participant (2016) and now active Alumna, Victoria College
  • Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Program – Bronze, Silver and Gold Award-Holder

  • Co-author with Dr. Jennifer Jarman, Chair, Interdisciplinary Studies, Lakehead University, of a law and society undergraduate textbook provisionally entitled, Issues in Canadian Law and Society: Exploring Socio-legal Change (Oxford University Press, anticipated publication 2023)
  • Co-author with Dr. Jennifer Jarman, Chair, Interdisciplinary Studies, Lakehead University, of a sociology of law undergraduate textbook provisionally entitled The Rational-Legal Society: A Social Science Approach to the Law (Rock’s Mills Press, anticipated publication 2022)
  • Co-author with Nathalie Des Rosiers of “Legal Tensions Are Rising” (The Canadian International Council, February 2021)