Gerrit Yau (he/him/his) is a member of the 2021 summer student class at Cassels. Gerrit is pursuing his J.D. at the University of Toronto. Before joining Cassels as a summer student, Gerrit interned at the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) for six months in 2020, where he researched and drafted salary arbitration briefs and rebuttal documents on behalf of NHL players and contributed to the drafting of the NHL’s historic 4-year Collective Bargaining Agreement extension amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Gerrit also interned for a certified Major League Baseball (MLB) agent in the winter of 2020-2021, where he researched and prepared salary arbitration presentations on behalf of MLB players.
Gerrit is an active member of his student community as Co-President of the Sports and Entertainment Law Society, Co-Director of the 2020-21 Hockey Arbitration Competition of Canada, Director of Online Publication at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law Review, and as a volunteer with the Amnesty International’s Digital Verification Corps and Downtown Legal Services.
Prior to studying law, Gerrit graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University, where he received the Richard J. Hand Commerce Award for “exemplifying service to Queen’s and the community, leadership, humanity, and academic achievement at the highest level.”