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Pelle Berends

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Pelle Berends

Articling Student
  • Smart & Biggar LLP
Language(s): English

Pelle is an articling student in our Ottawa office. He recently received his J.D. from the University of Ottawa and graduated summa cum laude.

Pelle received the Aird & Berlis LLP Prize, awarded to the top two students in the first year of the JD program. Additionally, Pelle was the recipient of the Gordon-Blair Prize, which is awarded to the top student in the Introduction to Public and Constitutional Law class.

During his undergraduate studies, Pelle participated in the Outstanding Scholars Program, which provides top students with Research Assistant positions alongside professors in the faculty. Pelle also maintained the Dean’s Honour Roll throughout his program.

Prior to pursuing his legal studies, Pelle developed significant research experience over many years working as a research assistant for various professors. This has ensured he is adept at quickly switching topics and familiarizing himself in new areas. While completing his Master’s degree, Pelle wrote a major research paper “De-Consociational Transition: A Comparison of Three Consociational Democracies.”

Before articling at Smart & Biggar, Pelle was a summer law student in Smart & Biggar’s Ottawa office in 2022.