Alyssa Gaffen

Alyssa Gaffen
Articling Student
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Alyssa is articling at Gilbert’s after having graduated from the Canada/USA Dual JD Program between University of Ottawa and Michigan State University College of Law in 2018. She adds to the firm’s flare for musical talent by encouraging sing-alongs in the Student Office.

Alyssa is happy to harmonize about intellectual property law on either side of the border. She began exploring Canadian and international intellectual property as a research fellow with the Open African Innovation Research (Open AIR) Network at uOttawa. She went on to learn about US intellectual property at MSU by participating in the Giles Sutherland Rich (Patent) Moot Court Competition, where she was a semi-finalist.

At the University of Ottawa, Alyssa refined her writing and research skills as part of the Legal Writing Academy, Legal Research and Writing Fellowship, and Global Technology Law and Policy programs.

At Michigan State University, Alyssa cultivated oral advocacy skills as a clinician with the Great Lakes First Amendment Law and Housing Law Clinics. She also directed and acted in two musical variety shows with the MSU Law Musical Theatre Revue.

Alyssa dreams of making the court room a stage and she is thrilled to learn from the Gilbert’s group of litigators.


  • Michigan State University College of Law, East Lansing, Michigan, USA
    • J.D. - 2018, summa cum laude
  • University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
    • J.D. - 2018, cum laude
    • B.SocSc. - 2014, magna cum laude
    • Specialization: International Studies and Modern Languages
    • Minor: Spanish


  • Jeremy de Beer and Alyssa Gaffen, “Intellectual Property Rights in the Recreational Cannabis Market: Craft or Commodity?” (2017) 50:3 UBC L Rev 621.

Speaking Engagements

  • 25 October 2017 – International Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property (ATRIP) Congress 2017 in Wellington, New Zealand: Intellectual Property Rights in the Recreational Cannabis Market: Craft or Commodity? (with Jeremy de Beer)
  • 15 October 2016 – Institute of African Studies Second Annual Undergraduate Research Conference in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Measuring Innovation in Africa: Indicators for Contextually Appropriate STI Policy