Katelyn Leonard is a member of the 2019-2020 articling student class at Cassels. Katelyn first joined the firm as a summer student in 2018. She received her J.D. from the Western University Faculty of Law. She was actively involved in extracurriculars, including co-chairing the Western Law Advocacy Committee and volunteering for the Western Business Law Clinic. Katelyn participated in several moots while at law school, and in 2017-2018, she represented Western Law as an oralist in the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. During her first year of law school, she won the 1L Mediation Competition and was a finalist in the 2016 Western BLG Client Consultation Competition. Katelyn also worked as a Research Assistant during her first year, focusing on issues of selectivity and complementarity at the International Criminal Court. After her first year of law school, Katelyn interned for Global Affairs Canada, at Canada’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York.
Katelyn also has an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto, with majors in criminology and history Prior to attending law school, Katelyn worked for the Ontario Public Service, in various roles focused on business and organizational strategy development. Most of that time was spent with the Ministry of the Attorney General, where she worked on multi-stakeholder initiatives, leading and participating on projects and programs to improve the efficiency and efficacy of the justice sector. Katelyn also spent time working as an Organizational Transformation Consultant, supporting large-scale change in sectors including education and natural resources. Katelyn is a member of the board of directors for the University of Toronto Woodsworth College Alumni Association. In her spare time, Katelyn co-captains recreational soccer and softball teams, and enjoys reading and travelling.