Faculty Awards


Graham Reynolds

George Curtis Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence

Awarded to a faculty member by a committee of students and faculty. The award is given on the basis of the professor’s teaching achievement in the Allard School of Law in the two calendar years prior to the award.

2016 – 2017 Graham Reynolds

Assistant Professor Graham Reynolds is this year’s recipient of the George Curtis Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence.

Students describe Professor Reynolds as “a teacher who can build critical competencies within his field, encourage innovation, and build community,” bringing “a rare combination of expertise and mentorship” to the classroom. His teaching “fosters the passions and thinking of students through problem-based learning"; his lectures, delivered with “heartfelt enthusiasm,” a rigorous “attention to pedagogy” and a deep care for the material, “are a collaboration” in which students are encouraged to share their experiences and opinions in discussion and develop skills to contribute productively as part of a team, learning together.

Professor Reynolds teaches and researches in the areas of copyright law, intellectual property law, property law, and intellectual property and human rights. 

Previous George Curtis Recipients


Jim Taylor, QC Faculty Scholar Award

The Jim Taylor, Q.C. Faculty Scholar Award is a $5,000 research grant awarded annually to a deserving faculty member for outstanding contributions to the Allard School of Law. Generously supported by Harris & Co., the award recognizes those who consistently give more than their fair share of time and energy to the law school, especially in those aspects of their activity that bring no material reward. To learn more about Jim’s many contributions to UBC and to the broader world please click here.  

2017-18: Margot Young and Gordon Christie

Margot Young and Gordon Christie were the 2017 co-recipients of the Jim Taylor, Q.C. Faculty Scholar Award for outstanding contributions to the Allard School of Law. Professors Young and Christie have been members of the Allard School of Law for over ten years and are highly regarded by their colleagues and students. 

Professor Young was the Director of the Social Justice Specialization at the law school and has organized the Law and Society Speakers Series for close to a decade.  She served three terms as Chair of the university-wide Faculty Association Status of Women Committee and is a research associate with Green College, the Peter Wall Institute of Advanced Studies, and the Centre for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice at UBC. Professor Young has a LL.B. from the University of Toronto and a M.A. from the University of California, Berkeley.  

Professor Christie has taught in universities in Canada and the United States, in Faculties of Law, and in Departments of Philosophy and Indigenous Studies. Most recently he was an Assistant Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School (1998 - 2004), where he also acted as Director of the Intensive Program in Aboriginal Lands, Resources and Governments.  He has a LL.B. from the University of Victoria, and a Ph.D. (in philosophy) from the University of California, Santa Barbara.  His ancestry is Inupiat/Inuvialuit.

Here is a list of past recipients:


Farris Scholar Award

In 2003, Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP donated $200,000 to the law school to establish an endowment in commemoration of the firm’s 100th anniversary. The endowment supports excellence in teaching and research in the areas of business law and advocacy. Each year, the Farris Scholar gives a public lecture as a memorial to Mr. C. Francis (Frank) Murphy, Q.C. and Mr. Peter W. Butler, Q.C., former partners of the firm.

2015-16: Bruce MacDougall

Professor Bruce MacDougall received the Farris Award for 2015-16 for his research on substantive law topics relating to business, corporate or commercial law. Professor MacDougall presented “The Wonders of the Duty of Honest Performance” at the accompanying Lecture on June 22, 2016.

Bruce MacDougall joined the Allard School of Law as an Assistant Professor in 1988 and became a Professor of Law in 2002. He has been teaching and writing in the area of Contracts, Commercial Law and Human Rights Law for over two decades. A Rhodes Scholar and a member of the bar of British Columbia, he has been actively involved in continuing legal education programmes and has received the Killam teaching excellence award at UBC. Professor MacDougall was Law Clerk to Justice Le Dain at the Supreme Court of Canada. He is a member of the Judicial Council of the Tsawwassen First Nation.

Here is a list of past recipients:



Arnold Fine

Adam Albright Award

2016 – 2017 Arnold Fine

An alumnus of the law school (LL.B.’80), Arnold Fine has served as an Adjunct Professor at the Allard School of Law since 2006. Students who have taken his upper level course on Financing Transactions speak eloquently of the insight and inspiration he brings to teaching the law. Nominations for this year’s award note his effectiveness at conveying the core principles of the subject in the classroom and his care for his students—all the while maintaining a comfortable, even entertaining learning environment!

Arnold Fine was featured in the Spring 2015 Alumni Magazine.