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Alumni Spotlight: Adam Donaldson (JD ’22)

Alumni Spotlight: Adam Donaldson (JD ’22)

When Adam Donaldson (JD ’22) graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School, his dream of becoming a lawyer finally became a reality. Today, Adam is an associate at Stockwoods LLP, advocate, community builder and volunteer. 

“I always felt like York and Osgoode Hall gave me the opportunity to live my dream,” says Adam. "Not only that, but the opportunity to learn at one of Canada’s premier law schools meant the world to me. I will always be grateful for that.” 

Adam attributes the programs, courses and support he received from his professors at Osgoode to his success today.  

“The Mediation Clinic and Osgoode’s Mooting program stoked my interest in pursuing litigation and advocacy. That said, these interests only materialized because of the unconditional support of professors, like Jean-Paul Bevilacqua and Margaret Boittin,” says Adam. “It’s easy for me to say that I would not be in the position I am today without their support.” 

As a strong believer in community, Adam works hard to give back to the same communities that have helped him achieve his goals. After graduating from the University of Victoria, he collaborated with the University and the Government of British Columbia to create a program that taught seminar courses to university students alongside incarcerated individuals, promoting post-secondary opportunities after incarceration. Adam continues to provide support to these communities through mentorship, volunteering and public speaking. 

“I’d like to be a member of the community who is always willing to make time and to give back in the same way as those who helped me,” says Adam. “More broadly, I’d like to someday be in a position where I can help advance the state of the law in Canada, particularly as it relates to civil liberties.” 

In the future, Adam hopes to enhance his community engagement efforts by becoming more involved in charities and boards and taking the opportunity to implement change.  

“I see this as the combination of grass-roots advocacy and leadership skills. I think it would be a good way to further the community work I have done and ensure that there are systems in place that are built to last,” says Adam. 

As a recipient of Osgoode’s Dean’s Gold Key Award and the Upper Year Excellence Award for Academic Achievement, Adam advises new students to acknowledge and embrace change when starting university.  

“Use your time in university to explore your interests and discover what you are passionate about. Usually, that will lead to life-long friends and a supportive community,” says Adam 

Adam was recently named one of York University's 2024 Top 30 Alumni Under 30. Learn more about the program and the impressive young alumni on the list.