9 Questions Between Generations

  • October 23, 2021
  • Jennifer O'Dell

In our first installment, we asked Nada Nicola-Howorth and Zahra Vaid the same nine questions and recorded their responses. Nada is an experienced litigator who is currently the deputy practice group leader of the health law group at Lerners LLP while Zahra Vaid is a brand new associate in that group. 

1. Tell us a bit about yourself: where did you grow-up, what law school did you go to, and how long have you been practicing in health law?

Nada Nicola-Howorth (NNH): I grew up in Summerside, Prince Edward Island and went to law school at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, New Brunswick. I have been practicing health law for the last 22 years

Zahra Vaid (ZV): I was raised in Pickering by a Pakistani-Muslim family and have lived between Pickering and Ajax throughout my life. Living in a city like Pickering in the late 1990s and early 2000s felt like a different world. There were few Muslims then and, generally, there wasn’t as much diversity as there is now. Because of this, my community was extremely tight knit, and had a large role in how I was raised.

I wanted to be a lawyer long before I ever wrote the LSAT and applied to law school. My interest in being a lawyer stemmed from watching Law and Order with my mom once, sometimes twice a day. I began law school at Osgoode Hall Law School in 2017. I have been practicing health law since September of this year.