I grew up with art all around me: films, books, poetry, festivals, music, and more music.
I have also seen something great built out of nothing. I have experienced it. I have, fortunately, been left in awe by the power and excitement of an innovative spirit.
I knew I wanted to be a lawyer at the age of nine. So, when I was accepted to law school, my mother brought out an elementary school yearbook, which showed me in grade 6, standing next to a Bristol board titled “My Dream Job”. In large block letters, the word “lawyer” was written underneath it.
As a professional, I cannot draw a line between passion and work. In fact, I feel a moral imperative not to do so. So, my aim is to become immersed in the worlds of art, architecture, and design fused with technology and the law. I understand the underlying drive and passion of entrepreneurs and artists, and that is why I want to become an important voice in the conversation about how we can propel them further in their respective industries.
Regulations make sense to me. They are like a puzzle. As a future lawyer, my assistance will help entrepreneurs and artists do what they do best - create.
Summer Lewis, Chief Communications Director
Summer Lewis is a first year student at Osgoode Hall Law School. She has spent over a year writing about the pressing legal issues that arise in the fashion industry. She continues to explore her interest in intellectual property across a variety of digital platforms, including Unprecedentedly Chic and IP Osgoode's IPilogue. Through these platforms, Summer has advocated for sustainability in the fashion industry, an increased representation of women and minority groups in STEM industries, and the protection of creative ideas.
Summer's experience in fellowship and leadership programs, such as with Mindtrust and the Innovation Clinic, has led her to explore the entrepreneurial process and appreciate the knowledge gap between creative entrepreneurship and the law. As such, she hopes to use this platform as a way to connect with creatives and start-ups, especially those who work with disruptive technologies, in order to delve into the unexplored legal implications behind their work.
Image taken at Carleton University by Chris Roussakis.