The Team

Sport Solution has seven Program Managers available to help Canada’s national team athletes throughout the year and one supervising lawyer. The current Program Managers and supervising lawyer are:

Layth H. Gafoor - Supervising Lawyer

Layth is a proud alumnus of York University, where he received both of his degrees. He is a partner at Lucentem Sports & Entertainment in downtown Toronto. In his practice he advises on legal and business matters within the sports and entertainment industries. His practice has allowed him to serve as a counsel and agent to a variety of sporting organizations, teams, elite professional athletes and artists. He also provides legal advice and representation to clients in the music, film and television industries.

His experience in the area of sports law has allowed him to become one of Canada’s leading television and media legal commentators. He is called upon to cover a wide variety of national and international sports stories and analyze them from a Canadian legal frame work. He regularly lectures at leading universities throughout Canada and the United States in the area of comparative American and Canadian jurisprudence as it relates to sports and entertainment matters.

Layth is the Supervising Lawyer of the Sport Solution Legal Clinic at the University of Western Ontario Faculty of Law, where he is also an adjunct faculty member teaching sport law. He also holds seats on the Sports Lawyers Association (SLA) Board of Directors and the York University Alumni Association Board.

Our Program Managers

Connor Allison

Connor is a second year student at Western Law. Prior to law school, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree with an Honours Specialization in Kinesiology as well as a Master’s degree in Sport Management and Leadership, both from Western University.  His graduate research focused on executive leadership development in sport.  As a component of the Master’s degree, Connor completed a full-term internship with the Canadian Olympic Committee in Montreal. At Western Law, Connor is the Chair of the Sports Committee, holds an executive position on the Wellness Committee and the Entertainment and Sports Law Association, and is a class representative on the Student Legal Society.

Connor’s sport background includes elite participation in hockey and lacrosse.  While in undergrad, he joined the London Nationals Junior Hockey Club, representing the team for two seasons, winning two conference championships and the organization’s first Sutherland Cup.  After finishing hockey, Connor gained valuable work experience with the Western Sport and Recreation Services. There he was responsible for the coordination of game-day operations for the Western Mustang varsity athletic teams/clubs.

The Sport Solution Legal Clinic is an incredible opportunity to support and empower Canada’s high performance athletes, and Connor is excited to serve their legal needs.

Umar Khan

Umar is currently in his 2nd year of the JD program at Western. He graduated from York University with both a B.A. in Law and Society and an M.A. in Political Science. During his first year at Western Law, Umar was a Caseworker with the Sport Solution Clinic and a Student Ambassador. He was also awarded the Malcolm J. McKinnon award. Prior to attending Western Law, Umar spent 12 years as a competitive track and field athlete, specializing in the shot put. He is a 15-time Provincial medalist, and 4-time National medalist. He was also a member of the CIS Men’s National Championship Team. In his graduating year, he was awarded the Charles Saundercook Memorial Trophy.

Umar is still heavily involved in the track and field community. He regularly coaches, officiates, and conducts clinics so that others may benefit and gain from his knowledge. In 2015, he worked for the CBC at the Toronto Pan Am/Parapan Am Games as a media spotter stationed at the throwing events.

Umar is excited to support athletes through the Sport Solution Legal Clinic. This is a unique and unparalleled opportunity to combine his passion for sports with his legal studies.

Matt J. McGuckin

Matt is a second year law student at Western. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with an Honours Distinction Major in Political Studies and a Minor in History from Queen’s University. Prior to joining Western Law’s Class of 2020, Matt worked as a Project Coordinator at Fermar Paving. In his first year of law school, he worked as a caseworker for the Sport Solution Clinic and sees the experience as one of the highlights of his law school career to date.

Matt’s sport background includes elite participation in hockey and lacrosse. Further, it includes participation in soccer, golf and rugby. He remains active by participating in Western Law’s Competitive Hockey team as well as various intramural sports.

Matt is looking forward expanding his role with the clinic as a Program Manager with the Sport Solution Clinic. This is a unique opportunity to continue to empower Canadian athletes while continuing his legal studies. Matt is motivated to remain involved in the athletic community while maintaining the Clinic’s standards of excellence in serving and supporting Canadian athletes.

Vanetia R

Vanetia is a second-year law student at the University of Western. At the University of Waterloo, Vanetia earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with an Honours Legal Studies major, and minors in Women’s Studies and Sociology. While graduating with High Distinction with a consecutive standing on the University of Waterloo’s Dean’s List, Vanetia followed her passions for education and helping others by volunteering in a primary school in Singapore, and running the Volunteer Centre at the University of Waterloo, as an Internal Director. In her first year at Western Law, Vanetia qualified as a semi-finalist in the Torys LLP Negotiation Competition. Vanetia was also greatly involved with Western Law as 1L Representative for the Gender and the Law Association (GALA), a journalist for the Yearbook Committee, and as a caseworker for the Sport Solution Clinic.

Vanetia has had a unique introduction to the world of athletics through yoga – where the health of the mind and body of the athlete is stressed as being of primary importance. Due to this introduction, Vanetia’s athletic endeavours in badminton, botchee, dance (ballet, hip-hop, jazz, classical dances, etc.) and most recently, archery, have been shaped by the concept that an athlete performs best when they are physically, and especially mentally, healthy. Vanetia has seen the impact of conflict on athletes’ health and performance, first-hand, which has informed her of the importance of assisting athletes with conflicts within their team or organization. Grateful for the opportunity to be a Program Manager and Project Manager for the Sport Solution Clinic and Athletes Canada, respectively, Vanetia is looking forward to supporting athletes through her work. Intertwining her passions for sports, the law, and highlighting issues related to intersectionality, this incredible opportunity allows Vanetia utilize her knowledge and experiences to support Canadian athletes.

Claudia Warner-Romano

Claudia is a second year student at Western Law. She recently earned a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Toronto (UofT). She also holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honours from Trent University, as well as a Master of Arts in History (also from UofT). Prior to joining Western Law’s Class of 2019, Claudia worked in various researcher and information specialist roles in both the academic library and not-for-profit settings.

In her first year as a law student, she worked as a caseworker for the Sport Solution Clinic and sees the experience as one of the highlights of her law school career thus far. Moving into the role of case manager, Claudia is excited to continue to draw upon the skills her research background has afforded her so as to serve the legal needs of Canadian athletes.

In recognizing the pivotal role the Clinic plays in advocating on behalf of Canada’s athletes, Claudia is motivated to continue to uphold the standards of excellence Sport Solution has become synonymous.

Christina Skinner

Christina is a second year law student at Western. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with an Honours Double Major in French Studies and Criminal Justice, graduating with distinction from Western University. Prior to law school, she gained valuable experience while living and working in France, and also while doing negotiation and mediation work as a caseworker for Toyota Canada. During her first year at Western Law, she won the Dispute Resolution Centre Mediation Competition with her partner, and has been involved as an executive committee member on the Health Care Law Association.

Christina has been involved in competitive soccer at a high level with a variety of clubs from a young age, totaling over 17 years of playing experience. Her sport background also includes elite participation in volleyball, basketball, and badminton. She remains active by participating in Western intramural teams, as well as other competitive soccer leagues.

Christina is looking forward to the incredible opportunity to work with and support Canadian athletes as a program manager with the Clinic. This is an unparalleled opportunity to combine her experience and passion for sports with her legal studies.

Lucy Wu

Lucy is a 2nd year law student at Western. She earned a double major in Forensic Science and Biology from the University of Toronto. During her last year of undergraduate studies, Lucy completed an internship with Halton Regional Police Service. Her research led to the first purchase of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) for the division. She subsequently presented her research at the annual Toronto Police Education Conference.

Lucy was involved in competitive swimming at a high level with Scarborough Swim Club. She then went on to race with the University of Toronto Mississauga Masters Swim Club during her undergraduate years. She has ten years of combined racing and coaching experience, working with children and adult alike.

Lucy joined Sport Solution in 2016 as a 1L Caseworker. She appreciates the opportunity she has been given and is looking forward to continuing to work with the Clinic in her new role.