In addition to promoting the general objectives of the Dalhousie Law Students' Society, some of the members of the Board of Directors serve to advance the rights and interests of the specific groups which they are elected and appointed to represent.

Besides the Executive, the Board of Directors consists of:

A Chair, a Secretary, three 1L Representatives, one to three 2L Representatives, one to three 3L Representatives, an Indigenous Student Representative (appointed by the Dalhousie Indigenous Law Students' Association), a Black Student Representative (appointed by the Dalhousie Black Law Students' Association), a Multi-Disciplinary Student Representative, an 2SLGBTQIA+ Representative (appointed by OUTLaw), and a Gender Representative (appointed by the Dalhousie Feminist Legal Association).


The Board of Directors for the 2021-2022 Academic year will be elected in September 2021.

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Karen Chen


Karen Chen was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in political science and philosophy from McGill University, and a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration at Queen's University in 2016. She has always been heavily involved in student leadership and started her own dance company during her undergrad. Prior to starting law school, she spent her time working in marketing back in Toronto. Karen is looking forward to serving her student community again as Chair of the LSS at Dal!

As Chair of the LSS, Karen will review and ensure compliance with the Constitution, chair meetings and provide support to the Board in whatever way she can.


Mariah Crudo

Vice Chair

Mariah Crudo is a 1L student and a certified paralegal from Vancouver, BC. Mariah has always been eager to make a meaningful contribution to the Access to Justice initiative in her community by volunteering as a paralegal for various organizations and by co-ordinating with these associations to organize various outreach programs. Mariah recently graduated from the Bachelor of Legal Studies (Paralegal) program at Capilano University & is honoured have created and spearheaded the Capilano Legal Association. Mariah is also the Director of Awareness for the Lawyers Without Boarders Student Division at Dalhousie University, the 1L Section A rep for the Social Activist Law Student Association, and the 1L Section A rep for the Canadian Bar association-NS Law Students Section at Schulich.  


Brooke Finkelstein

Gender Equity Representative 

Brooke Finkelstein is a 2L student from Vancouver, BC. She did her undergraduate studies in Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice at UBC. She was a Legal Intern at Rise Women’s Legal Centre in Vancouver over the summer and is now the Gender Representative on behalf of DFLA on the Board of Directors. She is also the President of Law Hour and an Academic Peer Mentor.

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Kayla VanBuskirk

2SLGBTQIA+ Law Students' Representative

Kayla was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia and has lived in the nearby Musquodoboit Harbour area for most of her life. Prior to coming to Dalhousie, she completed a Bachelor of Arts with an Honours in History and Political Science at St. Francis Xavier University. Her past studies concentrated on Canadian history, specifically African Nova Scotian history. Kayla enjoys travelling, camping and boating, especially to the 100 Wild Islands along the coast of the Eastern Shore. She is also interested in politics and social issues, and is a member of the Schulich Social Committee.


Toni Hynes

Indigenous Law Students' Representative

Toni was born and raised in Stephenville, Newfoundland and is a member of Qalipu First Nation. She has been somewhat of a professional student since she finished high school and began her studies at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Toni pursued an industrial engineering trade, and completed her undergraduate degree at Saint Mary’s University, majoring in Criminology and minoring in Philosophy. Fun fact: she is also a certified hairdresser who worked in the field for a couple of years. In her free time she likes to read and is especially interested in reclaiming her Mi’kmaq culture and learning the language. She is also obsessed with her beagle, Pete.


James Hall

Multi-Disciplinary Law Students' Representative

James was born and raised in Burlington, Ontario and completed his undergraduate degree in Kinesiology at Brock University. During his time at Brock, James strived to develop leadership skills through involvement in the university community, and various programs related to student governance. These experiences included: acting as an elected Faculty representative, Chief Returning Officer, and Board member of the Brock University Students' Union. It is James’ continued dedication towards community leadership and interdisciplinary perspectives that aligns well with the responsibilities of the Multidisciplinary Student Rep position. Outside of school, James has an interest in global health and entrepreneurship, working on many independent projects in both fields.

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Grace Mangusso

1L Representative (Section A)

Grace is a proud East Coaster from Quispamsis, New Brunswick. She completed a Bachelor ofPhilosophy in Interdisciplinary Leadership Studies and a minor in Business Administration at theUniversity of New Brunswick in Fredericton. Grace comes to Schulich Law with a love of learning and an eagerness to critically examine the systems, structures, and authorities that shape our collective life. She aims to use her legal education to influence meaningful and actionable change, wherever it may take her.


Grace is excited to be the 1L Executive Member on the LSS in addition to her role as the Section A Representative. She looks forward to using these opportunities to help her classmates navigate law school online, get creative with virtual and in-person events, and make positive contributions to the Weldon community. Outside of school, you can find Grace practicing yoga, on the hunt for her next latte, or catching a breath in nature.

Grace is also the 1L Executive member.


Graham Headley

1L Representative (Section B) 

Graham was born and raised in Calgary Alberta until his family got tired of eating steak and trash talking the Oilers every day and moved to Halifax. It was in Halifax that he would then complete a Bachelors of Poli-Sci at Saint Mary's University. From there he spent four years in Calgary in customer service honing his schmoozing and gardening skills. Going to Law School has always been his dream, and he is extremely grateful that he can pursue that dream somewhere as familiar as Halifax.


He sits on the Budget Committe and is very excited to help serve his fellow students as the Section B rep. If ever you need to find him to bring something up to the LSS know that he is usually available as he is likely just hanging out with his cat Oreo, cooking, or headed to Dalplex to lazily pick things up and put them down. Graham is looking forward to a great year with you all! 


Allison Nash

1L Representative (Section C)

My name is Allison Nash and I am the 1L Section C Rep! I have an undergrad degree in Business Administration where I double majored in Strategic Human Resource Management and Marketing. I worked full-time for two years for an environmental waste company before coming to law school. I primarily worked in the accounting department, but also held roles in administration and billing. In my spare time I like to play with my dog, watch netflix and spend time with friends. I can't wait to get to know everyone and represent Section C to the best of my ability! 

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Lynn Sullivan

2L Representative

Home for Lynn is St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador - affectionately known as The Rock. Lynn graduated from Memorial University with a Bachelor of Commerce degree, holds a Chartered Accountant designation and just this year completed the Institute of Corporate Directors certification program through Rotman School of Business in Toronto. She joins Schulich Law School after a 20-year career in senior management roles, primarily in the legal industry. She worked in the oil and gas sector for five years and was also Assistant Deputy Minister with the provincial Department of Natural Resources. Lynn has several years experience as a board member and reporting to boards through her volunteer and professional roles. Lynn and her husband Glenn have three children, a business and a big cat named Randy.

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Claire Doucher

3L Representative

Claire was born and raised in Aurora, Ontario, but spent high school living abroad in Beijing, China. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario. She had the opportunity to complete one year of her undergraduate degree on exchange at the City University of Hong Kong. She is very excited to be living in Halifax and to have the opportunity to explore Nova Scotia!