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Employment History




Legal and Lit

Member of the Student Caucus



The Legal and Literary Society


Board Member


Bachelor of Arts ( Honours )

Political Science

University of Guelph

Osgoode Hall Law School

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Excalibur Online | 2004 [cached]

The decision was made as a result of a desire to have Osgoode students working more closely with other York students on issues of common concern, such as skyrocketing tuition fees, says LLS president Rich Appiah.

"The perfect example will be tuition and fees.There's the common ground of trying to keep fees as low as possible," he explains.
Noting that Osgoode students are merely associate members, not full members, of the YFS, Appiah says he does not believe that Osgoode students will lose out in any way, as their status has not changed.
"I wouldn't say that it's detrimental because the associate membership for the YFS does not take away from the rights and privileges that LLB students enjoy," he says.
Appiah also notes that no referendum is necessary as the LLS executive, which made the decision, is elected and has the mandate of its students to act on their behalf.He adds that Osgoode students take on no individual obligation, such as the payment of fees, as a result of the deal.
"I would argue that a referendum would have been necessary if Osgoode students would have been placed under certain obligations as a result of YFS associate membership," he says, emphasizing that for the two-year trial period, Osgoode students have "no obligation whatsoever".
Appiah also notes that the LLS is still the primary student government of Osgoode LLB students and has not relinquished the responsibility of representing them.

Osgoode Alumni - Board of Directors [cached]

Rich Appiah '05

Rich Appiah '05
President of Legal & Lit. 2004 - 2005
Rich Appiah is president of the Legal and Literary Society and is entering his third year of study at Osgoode Hall Law School.
Rich earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Guelph, where he specialized in American government and politics as a President's Scholar. During his tenure at Guelph, he was involved in numerous University activities and organizations as vice chair of the Senate executive, chair of the Judicial Committee, president of the residence hall association, and senior manager of the fall orientation program. Rich transferred his involvement to Osgoode as a member of the Student Caucus of Faculty Council, the Legal and Literary Society, and as a Division Leader at CLASP.
Upon convocation from the University of Guelph, Rich was the recipient of numerous leadership and academic awards, including the prestigious Brian D. Sullivan Student Leadership Award, for significant contributions to student life. He was also the Department of Political Science's nominee for the Winegard Medal, the University's highest distinction. At present, he is interested in a career in litigation, and is summering at the law firm Hodgson Tough Shields Desbrisay O'Donnell.

Hodgson Shields DesBrisay O’Donnell LLP [cached]

Rich Appiah

Rich Appiah
Telephone: (416) 304-6421
Rich is a graduate (LL.B.) of Osgoode Hall Law School and worked as a summer student with Hodgson Shields in 2004.He began his articles in September 2005.
Prior to attending Osgoode Hall, Rich earned a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Political Science from the University of Guelph while studying as a President's Scholar.During his tenure as an undergraduate, he served as chair of the University's Judicial Committee, vice chair of the Senate Executive, president of the residence student government, and as a member of a number of other boards and committees.In 2002, he convocated as a recipient of the prestigious Brian D. Sullivan Student Leadership Award, and was awarded the George Grant prize for excellence in the study of Political Science.Along with his academic commitments, Rich maintained his extra-curricular involvement throughout his law school career, and served as president of the Legal and Literary Society, Osgoode Hall's student union.At convocation, he was the recipient of a Dean's Gold Key Award, and a Legal and Literary Society Student Honour Award, for contributions to the school community.

2005 Dean's Gold Key Awards [cached]

Richard Appiah - Served as President of the Legal and Literary Society; sits on Student Caucus of Faculty Council, Academic Policy Committee, Osgoode Alumni Board, and the Canadian Law Students' Federation.

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