Elek Reitsma received his Juris Doctor degree from Queen’s University in 2022. Prior to attending law school, Elek finished his Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science at York University in 2019, graduating summa cum laude. Prior to that, Elek was a self-employed musician and worked as a bicycle mechanic and technician for a major sustainable transportation company in Toronto.
While in law school, Elek worked as a Research Assistant to Criminal Law Professor Lisa Kerr, working on a project on sentencing and race that coincided with the release of the Ontario Court of Appeal’s decision in R v Morris. Elek also worked at the Northumberland Community Legal Centre in Cobourg where he assisted clients with landlord-tenant, tax, estates and employment matters. In addition to his roles as the President of Queen’s OutLaw and the Co-President of Queen’s Law Union, Elek was an oralist in two mooting competitions: the Jessup International Law Moot, where he represented Queen’s both nationally and globally, and the bilingual Immigration and Refugee Law Moot. Elek was a two-time member of the Dean’s Honour List and recipient of the Queen’s Law Prize in Immigration and Refugee Law, as well as the Feminist Jurisprudence Award.
Elek is a member of the Ontario Law Union and the Criminal Lawyers’ Association.