Mimoza (Mimi) Gjelaj is an Articling student in Smart & Biggar’s Ottawa office. She recently earned her J.D. from the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University.
Prior to beginning law school, she earned a B.Sc. in Chemistry and a M.Sc. in Analytical Chemistry, both from Acadia University. Mimi gained valuable experience working in the only industrial wine research facility in Atlantic Canada, analyzing samples from various Atlantic wineries, breweries, and distilleries.
During her legal studies, Mimi worked in the initio Tech and Law clinic through Dalhousie University, which focused on helping small start-up businesses in Nova Scotia with business and IP law issues. She participated in various extracurriculars such as Pro Bono (Canadian Rights and Freedoms Centre -- focusing on Dental Negligence in Prisons) (2021-22), YMCA Immigration Services and Restorative Justice Project (2020-2021), and Salvation Army’s Atlantic Immigration and Refugee Services (2019-2020), Dalhousie Student Advocacy Service as a Student Advocate and Mentor, and as a student volunteer with Dalhousie Legal Aid’s Tenants’ Rights project. In 2022, Mimi participated in the Harold G. Fox Moot, winning the award of Best Overall.
In her spare time, Mimi volunteered in her community at a local library (Halifax North Memorial Public Library), with a reading and writing program for children as a Reading Support volunteer.
Before articling at Smart & Biggar, Mimi was a summer law student in Smart & Biggar’s Ottawa office in 2020 and 2021.
- In the Media
- "Characterization of Nova Scotia grape and wine ", thesis, Acadia Scholar, 2019.