Veronica Marson holds an Honours B.A. specialist degree in International Development from the University of Toronto and a J.D. from Queen’s University Law School. She practices personal injury and insurance law. She has appeared before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Ontario Court of Appeal, and other tribunals. She was awarded the Dean’s Counsel Diversity Award throughout law school for her work with organizations such as the Correctional Law Project, the Sylvia Rivera Law Project in New York City, and the Illinois Migrant Legal Assistance Project in Chicago. She has also helped the Latin American and Hispanic community through her involvement in grassroots development projects in Ecuador, Cuba, and Argentina. She has previously been a Junior Board Member of Spinal Cord Injury Ontario and a regular contributor to the case summaries’ newsletter of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association.
Nadia Halum is an Associate at MacLeod Law Firm. Her practice focuses primarily on wrongful dismissal and human rights claims.
Nadia completed her Articles at MacLeod Law Firm and was called to the Ontario Bar in 2016. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from the University of British Columbia.During law school, Nadia was a legal intern at the Human Rights Legal Support Centre, a government-funded institution that provides legal advice and assistance to individuals who have experienced discrimination in Ontario. She was also a Student Coordinator and Caseworker at the Centre for Spanish Speaking Peoples’ legal clinic.
W. Alejandro (Alex) Munoz received his JD from the University of Ottawa in 2006, and was called to the Ontario Bar in 2007. During the third year of his legal studies, Alex studied a semester abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He also worked for a summer during law school at a global law firm’s office in Caracas, Venezuela. Alex is a partner at Markle Schmid Munoz LLP, a litigation boutique firm. His focus is on criminal and regulatory matters, as well as civil litigation. Alex has appeared as counsel in Courts and Administrative Tribunals across Ontario, including the Court of Appeal. Alex is the editor of the Annotated Ontario Education Act, a yearly publication distributed by Carswell. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Criminal Lawyers’ Association. Alex is involved in the community, speaking to and mentoring high school students, as well as volunteering at the Toronto Pan Am Games in 2015.
Joseph Carpio graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School and was called to the Bar in 2014. He practices primarily in the areas of residential real estate, wills and estates, and wrongful dismissal employment law. Joseph is the CHBA’s past Vice-President, and has represented the organization at the US Hispanic National Bar Association. He also founded the Hispanic Osgoode Law Association, a student organization with a community focus.
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Laura Chaves Paz is an internationally trained lawyer with expertise in immigration law, business & human rights, corporate responsibility, employment and labour law, and inter-jurisdictional legal issues. She has over a decade of experience in litigation, legal research and consulting for clients and government & international organizations in Canada and abroad including the United States, Mexico, Argentina, Central America, Asia, and Africa. She has law degrees from McGill University, American University in Washington D.C., and Catholic University in Buenos Aires, and she is a member of the Ontario and Buenos Aires Bar Associations.
Wendy Lopez graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto in 2002 and obtained her Juris Doctor (J.D.) from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2005. She was called to the Ontario Bar in 2007. Throughout her studies, she worked at an immigration law firm and volunteered for several legal clinics. Upon her graduation, she travelled to South America to work for the United Nations in Caracas, Venezuela. After her term was complete, she returned to Canada to article with the Toronto District School Board (TDSB).
Since 2008, Wendy has worked primarily in the education law field. She held positions at two school boards in the Greater Toronto Area. In her previous role as Legal Counsel for the TDSB, Wendy advised and represented the Board primarily on administrative, education, labour and human rights matters. As General Counsel to the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board, she provided support to several central areas, such as Admissions, International Programs, Planning and Operations, Privacy and Access, Risk Management, Safe Schools, and Supply Chain Management among others. In June 2017, Wendy began a new General Counsel role at the Catholic Principals’ Council of Ontario.
She has presented on a variety of legal topics affecting school boards at the Ontario Bar Association, OISE (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education) Law Institute, Toronto School Administrators’ Association (TSAA), and the Council of School Attorneys (COSA) in the United States. She also co-authored an article related to the accommodation of students in the schools, which was re-published in the Education & Law Journal and with the Ontario Bar Association.
Antonio Franco Urdaneta is an employment lawyer who offers legal counsel and legal representation on a wide range of virtual and physical workplace challenges. He provides strategic advice and assistance on human resources matters, such as workplace changes, avoiding constructive dismissal issues, structuring employment contracts, and developing workplace policies.
He also represents employers and employees in employment and post-employment negotiation and litigation matters (wrongful dismissal, constructive dismissal, termination of employment, severance packages, human rights).
Board and Executive 2017-2019
To give back to our community and to the profession.
To increase the number of Latin American and Hispanic lawyers.
To advance the standing of Latin American and Hispanic lawyers in the community.
To promote the cooperation and development of Latin American and Hispanic lawyers.
To be involved in significant issues affecting the Latin American and Hispanic community.
The Canadian Hispanic Bar Association is a not-for-profit organization that aims to bring together Latin American and Hispanic lawyers and law students across Canada to form a network that strengthens our community.
With our activities we aim to create a strong involvement of legal professionals and students in building a stronger Latin American and Hispanic community in Canada.
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