Our Team

Program Coordinators

Kira Lagadin

Kira is a third-year law student at UVic. She grew up in Calgary, where she earned a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in marketing, from the University of Calgary. Prior to beginning law school, Kira was a project manager at a marketing agency. She took particular interest in her non-profit clients, and first became passionate about access to justice and the impact of intergenerational trauma while working with them. 

You can find Kira playing guitar and singing, raving about her latest InstantPot recipe, or biking around town in her spare time. She is excited to spend her last year of law school doing meaningful work managing UVic’s PBSC Chapter. 

Brooklynn Malec

Brooklynn was born and raised in Prince Albert, SK (Treaty 6 Territory). She earned a BHSc in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Calgary and spent time during her undergraduate studies providing peer support at the UCalgary Q Centre, a safe space for LGBTQIA2S+ students. 

Brooklynn is looking forward to continuing her involvement in PBSC as the 2022-2023 PBSC School Year Program Coordinator. PBSC was the highlight of Brooklynn’s first year of law school, and she is excited about the opportunity to facilitate that experience for other students. In her spare time, Brooklynn enjoys hiking, knitting, foraging, and learning French.

Social Media & Marketing Coordinator

Ali Chipperfield

Alexandra attended the University of British Columbia and majored in Political Science. Prior to starting law school, Alexandra was involved in a research cohort that investigated Chinese and Italian mobilities. Since starting law school, Alexandra has become passionate about female empowerment and the commitment of providing legal protection to all women. Together with a fellow UVic law student she began a female-centered book club. 

In her spare time Alexandra enjoys trying new recipes, walking the seawall, and golfing in beautiful BC. A true law-nerd, she also enjoys reading a case or two for pleasure.

1L Representative

Knowren Ansari

Knowren (pronounced “Noreen”) was born in Toronto, Ontario and has lived in Ajax, just outside of Toronto, her whole life. She earned a BA in Sociology from Queen’s University where she was heavily involved with community outreach initiatives and volunteered with various vulnerable populations. 

After working with these groups, she is all the more interested in increasing access to justice and is excited to recruit her fellow 1L classmates who share a similar passion to get involved with PBSC. In the summers, Knowren usually works at a law firm in Toronto but took this summer off to spend time with her two huskies before she moves for 1L. She has never been to BC before and is super excited to move and explore her new home.

Research Team

Research Team Lead

Nico Rullmann (he/him)

Nico is a 3L JD student at UVic. He graduated with a BA in Philosophy from McGill University before coming home to BC for law school. He has enjoyed volunteering on research projects with PBSC throughout his time at UVic and is excited to serve as Research Team Lead this year! In his free time, he enjoys running, rock-climbing and being outdoors.

Research Team Member

Nicole Welsh (she/her)

Nicole is a 3L at UVic from Richmond, BC. Prior to attending law school she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Biology. 

Nicole previously volunteered with PBSC working on a project for Health Justice researching the legal implications of COVID-19 for psychiatric facilities, and is excited to take on a bigger role as a member of the Executive Team for the UVic Chapter. In her free time, Nicole enjoys sports and making ice cream cakes.

Research Team Member

Vivian Esmailzadeh (she/her)

Vivian holds an undergraduate degree in Biotechnology Engineering from McMaster University, and grew up in Hamilton Ontario. Law School was a great excuse to move west, and Vivian will be moving to Calgary, Alberta after graduation. 

Vivian loves hiking and backpacking. A unique interest of Vivian’s is her love of Danish furniture – especially chairs – and this summer she is going to Denmark to stare at all the furniture she can! Vivian is excited for her final year of law school, and to work with PBSC on all the interesting projects planned.