Students

Our office is always on the lookout for ambitious and hard-working students who have an interest in being part of our team. As a student at Cheadles, you will be given an opportunity to work with our dynamic lawyers in a wide variety of practice areas.

Cheadles aims to create a positive and rewarding experience for all of our students. Whether you’re a summer student, law student, or an articling student, we want to hear from you!

To apply for an articling position, please send an up-to-date Curriculum Vitae, a copy of your most recent law school transcript, and a cover letter telling us about yourself to:

Cheadles LLP
715 Hewitson Street, Suite 2000
Thunder Bay, ON P7B 6B5
Email: students@cheadles.com

If you’re applying for an articling position, please bring your application package to the attention of J. Douglas Shanks. If you’re applying for a summer student, IPC or LPP position, bring your application package to the attention of Donald B. Shanks.



Nathan Wainwright

Nathan Wainwright

Joined Cheadles LLP as a summer student in May 2017 after completing his first year of law school at the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law at Lakehead University. Nathan’s professional interests are in civil litigation, labour and employment, administrative law and corporate and commercial law.

Prior to law school, Nathan completed a BA in Geography/English and an MBA where he was the recipient of the Dean’s Award of Excellence in the study of Strategic Management. While studying as an undergraduate and graduate student, Nathan was a member of the Lakehead University Men’s Varsity Basketball team.

In his spare time, Nathan is either playing golf, hockey or basketball or spending time with his friends and family.

Kaitlin Roka

Kaitlin Roka

Joined Cheadles LLP in February of 2016, and works with the firm both throughout the school year and as a summer student. She is in her second year of law school at the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law, which specializes in a unique Integrated Practice Curriculum. Kaitlin volunteers with the Ontario Justice Education Network, and spent time with local high school students discussing important legal issues.

Kaitlin holds a Bachelor of Arts degrees in Sociology and in Law and Society. After completing her undergraduate studies, Kaitlin obtained her Paralegal P1 Licence from the Law Society of Upper Canada. Kaitlin worked as a licenced paralegal at a law firm prior to attending law school. Under the supervision of lawyers at Cheadles LLP, Kaitlin is working primarily in Family Law and Civil Litigation.

Kevin Conway-Smith

Kevin Conway-Smith

Kevin Conway-Smith joined Cheadles LLP having completed his J.D at Bond University, Faculty of Law.  Exposure during his studies to an internationally diverse business and legal community ignited Kevin’s interest in corporate law and business development in the socioeconomic context.

Prior to law school, he completed a Bachelor of Arts with the College of Humanities at Carleton University, focusing on both occidental & oriental philosophy, theology and history.  Kevin further undertook a Masters of International Relations at Bond University, where he participated in the G-20 Research Group working with the University of Toronto & the Munk School of Global Affairs and the International Organization Research Institute at the National Research University Higher School of Economics in Moscow.  These efforts culminated with the publication of their seventh G20 interim compliance report.

With his roots in Thunder Bay, Kevin looks forward to integrating back into the ski, mountain biking and rowing communities.  Kevin will be completing his articles at Cheadles LLP, and is eager to become a member of the vibrant local bar.