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Combined Law and Master of Social Work alumni, students, faculty and friends gather for a networking event

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16 alumni and faculty from U of T's Law and Master of Social Work program pose for a photo at a networking event.

The Combined Law and Master of Social Work (JD/MSW) Program held a networking event on February 5 designed to support and promote the intersections of law and social work. The event brought together graduates of the JD/MSW Combined Program, along with other alumni, past chairs, current students, and friends of the program for an evening of networking, updates, and celebration.

One of the event’s highlights was the keynote address delivered by alumna  Justice Andrea Himel, Superior Court of Justice (Family Branch) (JD/MSW 1998). Justice Himel, an influential figure in the field, shared insights from her career and the importance of combining legal and social work training in making a difference in the lives of individuals and families.

The event, sponsored by the Factor-Inwentash Faculty Chair in Law and Social Work, provided a platform to discuss emerging issues at the intersection of law and social work, such as family law, mental health law, social justice, and advocacy. It also served as a forum to learn about recent achievements and developments within the program. Attendees had the opportunity to connect with fellow alumni, share experiences, and explore collaborations.

The networking event was a resounding success, reinforcing the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration and the impact of dual-degree programs in shaping the future of both the legal and social work professions.

The next JD/MSW Combined Program networking event will take place on October 16, 2024 at 5:00pm, with special guest Marian Jacko (JD/MSW 1996), who currently the assistant deputy attorney general for the Indigenous Justice division of the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General. For further information, please contact Professor Michael Saini at

Learn more about the combined program leading to degrees of Juris Doctor and Master of Social Work offered by the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work and the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto.