The Centre for Feminist Legal Studies (CFLS) is proud and fortunate to be able to offer awards and scholarships designated for women who are entering or studying at the Peter A. Allard School of Law.
The list below is an outline of the awards offered by the CFLS, a list of recent winners, and a list of other faculty and university awards designated for woman students.
*Application information for CFLS awards are posted in the Spring. Please note that deadlines for all awards adjudicated by the CFLS for Spring 2022 have passed.
Auriol Gurner Young Memorial Award: Shyrose Aujla
Tell us a bit about what brought you to law school?
My decision to attend law school was inspired by studying health policy during my masters degree. After studying global health topics such as infectious disease management by international health organizations, maternal and newborn child health outcomes in developing countries, and the complicated history of global tobacco control; I developed an overall curiosity around how law shapes the health of society. My interest in law continues to evolve, but I often find myself re-contextualizing legal issues under a public health lens to observe ‘who’ and ‘what’ the law addresses, and ‘how’.
What experiences at law school so far stand out for you?
In 2L, I had the opportunity to lead the Allard Law Women’s Caucus as co-president, which allowed me to help plan and host the 45th Annual Women in Law Dinner. From communicating with sponsors, to arranging keynote speakers, and coordinating with the venue to host one of the first large in-person student networking events since COVID-19, the Dinner was definitely a huge undertaking! However, the success of the event made it all worth it. Other highlights from law school include participating in the Julius Alexander Isaac Moot where my team and I researched and presented arguments on a topic pertaining to equity, diversity, and critical race theory. I am incredibly grateful for the friendships and memories made throughout these experiences.
What does feminism mean to you and how does it influence your studies?
I’ve recently started to think of feminism as a lens which I use to understand not only legal matters but social issues at large. I’m currently enrolled in a seminar course called Women, Law and Social Change with Professor Debra Parkes, in which I’ve challenged myself to write a feminist judgement in place of a term research paper. As I’m re-writing a judgement from the BC Court of Appeals, I’m starting to understand how feminist theory can be used to reframe matters in favour of equity and fair decision-making. It’s really fascinating to think about how law and society can progress and transform once gender discrimination is acknowledged within and beyond the courts.
What does getting this award mean to you?
Being a woman of colour in law in Canada is something I am very proud of, but I am often thinking about the various barriers and structures of discrimination that exist in the legal profession and academia. Receiving this award inspires me to continue advocating for more space and a louder voice for women of colour in law. I am most grateful to honour the memory of Auriol Gurner Young who paved the way for young women like myself to contribute to the field of law through feminism.
Awards Adjudicated by the CFLS
In honor of the late Hilda Janzen and her commitment to the advancement of women in professional fields, an award of $18,000 annually will cover the current costs of tuition and books for the recipient, as well as offset living costs for the year. This award will be the largest available for an individual J.D. student at the Allard School of Law and will be granted to a male or female student in good academic standing who has demonstrated leadership and community involvement in feminist and/or feminist legal issues, and faces challenges, financial or systemic, in accessing or continuing legal education.
Donor Sonya Wall was inspired to establish the award by the commitment shown by her aunt, the late Hilda Janzen, to the advancement of women in professional fields, and by the costs and other barriers students face in pursuing a legal education.
Susan Boyd, Professor Emerita of Law, former Chair in Feminist Legal Studies and former Director of the Centre for Feminist Legal Studies says that "this amazing new award recognizes two important facts: first, that there is an ongoing need for lawyering inspired by a feminist ethic and, second, that many students who are committed to bringing their feminist approach to law encounter barriers in the course of obtaining a law degree. Sonya's generosity ensures that the law school community will be enriched by the presence of feminist students and that their expertise will promote social justice in years to come."
The Faculty is grateful for this inspired gift and welcomes Ms. Wall to the group of generous alumni and friends who support the education of students at the Allard School of Law.
Submission: Applications for this award should be submitted through the Continuing Student Awards 2022/2023 application. Questions about this award should be directed to Aki Nishida at email@example.com.
The Auriol Gurner Young Memorial Award in Law will be granted to a student in the JD program who has made significant contributions to feminism and the law through academic achievement, volunteer work, community activism, or work with a feminist organization.
The Auriol Gurner Young Memorial Award in Law is generously endowed in memory of Auriol Gurner Young for students in the J.D. Program who have made significant contributions to feminism and the law, for instance through academic achievement, volunteer work, community activism, or work with a feminist organization.
APPLY NOW: Nominations or applications for the award must be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide a letter explaining the candidate's contributions to feminism and law and attach the candidate's resume.
Deadline: Wednesday, June 20, 2022
The Centre for Feminist Legal Studies will award a $250 prize to the best essay written by a J.D. student attending the Allard School of Law during the 2022-2023 academic year, addressing the themes identified in the above quotation in relation to a topic dealing with law or legal regulation.
The prize is offered in the name of Marlee Kline, a feminist professor at the Allard School of Law who died in November 2001 after a lengthy and determined struggle with leukemia.
Her work on feminist legal theory and critical race theory, child welfare law and policy, law’s continued colonialism, and restructuring of the social welfare state is internationally acclaimed.
The essay should be written for a UBC course, seminar, or directed research project and must incorporate feminist research and analysis.
Length: The essay shall be between 4,000 and 10,000 words, and shall be typewritten and double-spaced, using 12-point font.
Selection: The submissions will be reviewed by a committee of feminist law professors.
Submission: Students should send essay submissions to the Marlee Kline Essay Prize Committee, via email to email@example.com by 5 p.m. on Monday, June 12, 2023.
Deadline: Monday, June 12, 2023
Access to a list of previous winners is available for the following:
Faculty Women's Club Anne Wesbrook Scholarship
A scholarship of $2,000, adjudicated by the Faculty Women's Club, was established in 1919 to honour Anne Wesbrook, the wife of the first President of UBC, and a founding member and Honorary President of the Club until her death in 1957. It is awarded to a woman student who has obtained a baccalaureate degree from this university and is continuing her studies at graduate level or in the Faculties of Medicine, Dentistry or Law at this university or any other approved university; or to a woman who, after third year of university studies, is proceeding directly to a degree in Medicine, Dentistry or Law at this university or any other approved university.
Doris Curtis Memorial Scholarship
Income totalling $3,400 from a fund donated by family and friends in memory of Doris Curtis will provide scholarships for women students. Financial circumstances may be considered.
Diane Kilpatrick Memorial Scholarship
In memory of Diane Kilpatrick, LL.B. 1977, her family, friends and associates have endowed a scholarship of $1,300. It is awarded to a woman student entering second year in the Faculty of Law who has demonstrated good academic standing and an interest in helping others.
Ted Le Nobel Memorial Scholarship
A scholarship of $1,300 has been endowed in memory of Ted Le Nobel by his family. The award is made on the recommendation of the Faculty of Law, with preference given to a woman student entering the second year of the undergraduate program.