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.



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.

Bryant Oakes

Bryant Oakes

Bryant joined Cheadles LLP in May of 2018 as a summer student and is excited at the opportunity to be exposed to various types of law. He is entering into his second year of law school at the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law. Bryant received first-class standing and is on the Dean’s List. Bryant is a Research Assistant at Bora Laskin and volunteers his time with the Ontario Justice Education Network, Women in Law Club, and is an Associate Member of the Lions Clubs International in his hometown of Perth, Ontario.

Bryant obtained an Honors Specialization in Biology degree from Western University, and won local and international presentation awards for his undergraduate thesis.

In his spare time, Bryant lives an active lifestyle and enjoys participating in competitive sports, hiking and mountain biking.

Cody Fraser

Cody Fraser

Cody is entering his third year of law school at the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law. He joined Cheadles LLP in April 2018 as a summer student and will complete his Integrated Practice Curriculum placement at the firm in winter 2019. Cody is a past Director at the Lakehead University Student Union and member of the Lakehead University Senate. Currently, he sits on the Waterfront Development Committee and Crime Prevention Council with the City of Thunder Bay.

Cody holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Indigenous Learning from Lakehead University and has extensive work experience working with First Nations and Indigenous Communities. His main interests are Indigenous Legal Issues, Civil Litigation, and Labour and Employment Law.

Cody was born, raised, and educated in Thunder Bay and is a proud northerner. He is eager to become a member of the local bar and serve his community.

Nathan Wainwright

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 and corporate 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 and basketball or spending time with his friends and family.