Kayla Smith is a member of the 2019 summer student class at Cassels Brock.
Kayla is a J.D. Candidate at the University of Windsor, Faculty of Law. She holds a Joint-Honours Bachelor of Social Science in Political Science and Public Administration in the French Immersion Program from the University of Ottawa. She is an Executive Member of the Black Law Students’ Association of Canada, and sits on her law schools’ Admission Committee, Student Government, Faculty Council, Women and the Law club, the Equity and Diversity Committee and the Building Cabinet Committee.
While completing her undergraduate degree, Kayla worked at Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada, and was an active volunteer on Parliament Hill at both the Senate and House of Commons. Prior to law school, Kayla interned at Imagine Canada, where she published a blog on millennial giving and appeared before the Special Senate Committee on the Charitable Sector to discuss her research. As a Windsor Law Social Justice Fellow, last summer she completed an internship at the Canadian Civil Liberties Association.
During her second year of law school, Kayla co-authored an article published by the Huffington Post, which highlighted the need to increase access to legal education for Black students in Canada. As a result, she appeared on national news networks to raise awareness about the topic broadcasted on radio and television. Her morning interview with CTV Toronto Live has challenged law schools across the nation to reform their recruitment and admission policies by becoming alive to systemic barriers faced by visible minorities.
Kayla enjoys blogging, singing on her church’s youth choir and dabbling in poetry and spoken word. She hopes to use her legal education to further her goal of providing access to justice for marginalized communities.