Pictured: Anthony von Seck as Shirley and Roselyn Kelada-Sedra as Tegan  Photo by Devon Slack

Pictured: Anthony von Seck as Shirley and Roselyn Kelada-Sedra as Tegan

Photo by Devon Slack

Meet Tegan Mostafa

Pictured: Roselyn Kelada-Sedra as Tegan. Photos by Devon Slack.


Tegan is 30 years old, and she's starting a job as an articling student. Biracial, smart, spirited & skittish, Tegan is the product of her own fears and a very high-achieving, high-demand mother.

Surrounded by 25-year-olds who've been in school since kindergarten, Tegan is struggling to prove herself in the highly competitive market of Toronto lawyers. If she survives 10 months of working around the clock for Shirley, a principal with no sense of boundaries, then she becomes a lawyer.

Can she keep all the plates in her life spinning? Tegan put a career as an actress in the rear view mirror. As an actor, she couldn't guarantee money, stability or success. If she becomes a lawyer, she can provide for her mother, who is - complicated.  What drives her through doing both is the thought: she CANNOT FAIL AGAIN.. 

But is change really failure?

meet harrison robert shirley

Pictured: Anthony von Seck as Shirley. Photos by Devon Slack


Just call him "Bob." Shirley has been running his law firm for decades. At Harrison Shirley Law Offices, the order of the day is devotion. Court is his battlefield, and he loves no place better than his office. 

The law, to Shirley, is a calling. Whatever time it is, whatever the task, he expects commitment. Any of his underlings know the drill: 7 a.m. to 1 a.m., they're on the clock. Weekends don't exist. But if they prove themselves, they'll get to do the work of a real lawyer - draft pleadings, work with clients, go to court. Shirley does things his way and expects everyone else to fall in line. 

Shirley's lost some people in his life, and he's a mixed bag of cruel and generous. What he wants is a protegée, but she'd better prove she's worthy.