Peter A Allard School of Law

JD Awards & Prizes

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.

For a full list of scholarships, prizes and bursaries offered by the Peter A. Allard School of Law please visit the student resources page or contact awards@allard.ubc.ca

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 2021 have passed.

2021 SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS

Hilda Janzen Memorial Award: Verukah Poirier

Verukah Poirer

Verukah Poirier is the 2021 winner of the Hilda Janzen Memorial Award in Feminist Legal Studies. This award honours the late Hilda Janzen and her commitment to the advancement of women in professional fields. It is awarded to an incoming or current JD student who has demonstrated leadership and community involvement in feminist and/or legal issues, and faces challenges, financial or systemic, in accessing or continuing legal education. Verukah is Nehiyaw Iskwew from the Samson Cree Nation and Métis from the St. Paul des Métis Settlement, both in Treaty 6 territory. Verukah’s academic success and community contributions are all the more remarkable given that she grew up in the child welfare system and has juggled the demands of law school as a single parent. Before beginning her legal studies at Allard Law, Verukah collaborated with Dr. Sarah Hunt on research into nation-specific cultural competency in maternal care programming for First Nations women. Verukah has also developed and hosted workshops at UBC’s First Nations House of Learning that draw on Cree teachings for Indigenous women’s wellness, and she contributed to a range of community initiatives such as Street Thug Barbers and 2 Paycheques Away. At Allard, Verukah has been a mentor to other Indigenous law students, playing an integral role in the delivery of the first for-credit Indigenous Legal Studies summer program. Congratulations Verukah!

Auriol Gurnder Ypung Memorial Award: Jianna Faner

Jianna Faner

Jianna Faner is the 2021 recipient of the Auriol Gurner Young Memorial Award in Law which honours students in the JD program who have made significant contributions to feminism and the law, for instance through academic achievement, volunteer work, community activism, or work with feminist organizations. The CFLS Awards Committee was particularly impressed with Jianna’s community work in the anti-violence sector, including as a Women's Support Worker at Dixon House, an emergency shelter for women and children fleeing violence. She has also contributed her time and skills to organizations such as the Cold Tea Collective, Mom2Mom Poverty Initiative, and Health Justice. Congratulations Jianna!

Marlee Kline Essay Prize: Lily Dubrovsky

Lily Dubrovsky

The 2021 Marlee G. Kline Essay Prize was awarded to Lily Dubrovsky for her essay, “Incarcerated Mothers in Canada: The Case for a Substantive Equality-Based Approach to Sentencing.” The Prize, named in honour of the late Marlee Gayle Kline, UBC Law faculty member (1989-2001), is awarded to the best JD student paper that brings an intersectional feminist analysis to bear on legal issues. The piece attends to the myriad ways criminalized women experience gendered harms that are not often considered in sentencing decisions. According to the Kline Prize Committee, “the paper is not only a well-written and well-researched discussion of the messy ‘interplay’ of race, gender, sexuality and class. It goes further, discussing why these unique experiences of systemic discrimination and oppression matter in sentencing.” The paper draws sensitively on international examples to highlight arguments of relevance to the Canadian context – such international experiences offering a valuable base for deepening the intersectional analysis at the center of this essay. Congratulations Lily!


Awards Adjudicated by the CFLS

Hilda Janzen Memorial Award in Feminist Legal Studies

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 awards@allard.ubc.ca


Auriol Gurner Young Memorial Award

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.

CFLS Auriol Gurner Young

This generous award honours the memory of Auriol Gurner Young, who died in 2005 after a lengthy and determined struggle with cancer. She was a remarkable woman with a lifelong love of learning and a great intellectual curiosity. In her 50's, Auriol started her university education, graduating with first class honours in 1983. She loved life, people and ideas.

APPLY NOW: Nominations or applications for the award must be submitted via email to awards@allard.ubc.ca. Please provide a letter explaining the candidate's contributions to feminism and law and attach the candidate's resume.

Deadline: Wednesday, June 20, 2022


Marlee G. Kline Essay Prize

The various intersections between gender, race, class, sexual orientation, and other differentiating characteristics, affect how and when all women experience sexism.

Marlee Kline, 1989 

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 2021-2022 academic year, addressing the themes identified in the above quotation in relation to a topic dealing with law or legal regulation.

CFLS Marlee Kline

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.

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 awards@allard.ubc.ca by 5 p.m. on Monday, June 20, 2022.

Deadline: Monday, June 20, 2022


Previous winners

Access to a list of previous winners is available for the following:


Other Faculty & University Awards

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.

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