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 2020 have passed.

2020 SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS

Hilda Janzen Memorial Award: Chelsea Gladstone

CFLS_Chelsea Gladstone

Chelsea Gladstone (Xanjuu Gwang), a member of the Ts’aahl eagle clan of the Haida Nation and a 1L student at Allard Law, is this year’s 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. Before entering law school, Chelsea graduated from UBC with a BA in 2019, with a double-major in First Nations and Indigenous Studies and Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice. She has played collaborative roles in organizations such as the Haida Gwaii Youth Assembly and the Indigenous Leadership Collective at UBC. Chelsea’s academic and community work is rooted in an Indigenous feminism that “seeks to value the labour of Indigenous worldmakers by promoting localized efforts of resurgence.” The CFLS Awards Committee was deeply impressed with the many contributions Chelsea has made academically and more broadly through her commitment to developing Indigenous feminist ways of knowing, leading, and empowering community. Congratulations Chelsea! 


Auriol Gurner Young Memorial Award: Sarah Ferencz

CFLS_Sarah Ferencz

Sarah Ferencz, a 3L student, is the 2020 recipient of the Auriol Gurner Young Memorial Award in Law. The Award 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. Sarah has been actively involved in promoting equality and social justice, both before and during her law school studies. She has volunteered with organizations such as West Coast LEAF, Pivot Legal Society, the Canadian Association for the Administration of Justice, and Law Students for Decriminalization and Harm Reduction. She has also contributed her intersectional feminist analysis to research with the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research, Allard Law’s award-winning Wilson Moot team, and in an article recently published in the Manitoba Law Journal, “Social Suppliers and Real Dealers: Incorporating Social Supply in Drug Trafficking Law in Canada. Congratulations Sarah!  


Marlee Kline Essay Prize: Sophia M. Matthew

CFLS_Sophia Matthew

This year’s Marlee G. Kline Essay Prize is awarded to 3L student, Sophia M. Matthew, for her essay, “An Intersectional Reimagining of Reporting Rape: Nonreporting Actions are a Symbolic Protest.” 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 Kline Essay Prize Committee received a record number of submissions this year and Sophia’s paper stood out for its scholarly excellence, innovative analysis, and breadth of research. According to the Committee, “By turning notions of civic duty on their heads, the paper demonstrates the transformative potential of scholarship that challenges received truths and thus works to validate perspectives from the margins.” The Committee unanimously recommended that Sophia develop the paper for publication in a legal journal. During law school, Sophia served as Co-President of UBC OutLaws, an LSLAP Clinic Head, and a research assistant for Professor Erez Aloni coding interviews for a forthcoming family law textbook. Following her graduation from Allard Law this May, Sophia will join the New York firm of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP. Congratulations Sophia!


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: Questions about this award should be directed to Aki Nishida at awards@allard.ubc.ca. The application form is here: https://allard.ubc.ca/.../continuing_student_award...

Deadline: Wednesday, June 17, 2021 at 4 p.m.


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 desouzavas@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 17, 2021


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 2019-2020 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 desouzavas@allard.ubc.ca by Monday, June 7, 2021.

Deadline: Monday, June 7, 2021


2019 Scholarship Winners

Hilda Janzen Memorial Award: Zainab Ahmed

CFLS Scholarship Winner Zainab Ahmed

This year’s recipient of the Hilda Janzen Memorial Award in Feminist Legal Studies is Zainab Ahmed, who is entering her 1st year of the JD program at the Allard School of Law. Zainab is being recognized for her substantial contributions to feminist advocacy and community work.

During her Social Work studies at UBC, Zainab was Vice-President of the Muslim Students Association where she championed the rights of women students and community members. She was also instrumental in starting and supporting the work of Nisa Home, the first transitional housing resource in Vancouver focused on meeting the needs of Muslim women experiencing violence and abuse. Zainab volunteers with numerous organizations including on the Nisa Helpline and at Nisa Home, providing counselling, support and referrals. Congratulations Zainab and welcome to Allard Law!


Auriol Gurner Young Memorial Award: Chelsea Gardner & Claire Kanigan

CFLS Scholarship Winner Chelsea Gardner

Chelsea Gardner, entering her 3rd year at Allard Law, has co-chaired the Outlaws group, co-leads the #LawNeedsFeminismBecause campaign, and co-captains the Honey Badgers Women’s Rugby Team, among other contributions. As her nomination stated, Chelsea is “an intersectional feminist leader at Allard Hall” who often works behind the scenes, promoting collaboration and supporting others. Congratulations Chelsea! 

CFLS Scholarship Winner Claire Kanigan

The second recipient of the Auriol Gurner Young Memorial Award is Claire Kanigan who is also entering her 3rd year at Allard Hall. Claire has worked to promote equality and justice for marginalized women, both before and during law school. Her volunteer work to develop McGill’s first sexual assault policy and to found the PACE-LSLAP clinic to advocate for sex workers here in Vancouver are just two of Claire’s impressive achievements. Congratulations Claire!

 

Marlee G. Kline Essay Prize: Charlotte Baigent

CFLS 2019 Scholarship Winner Charlotte Baigent

The 2019 Marlee G. Kline Essay Prize is awarded to Charlotte Baigent (JD 2019) for her essay, “Why Gladue Needs an Intersectional Lens: The Silencing of Gender in Indigenous Women's Sentencing Decisions.” According to the prize committee, Charlotte’s paper is a “well-researched, coherent discussion of issues affecting Indigenous women in the sentencing context. The analysis is a superb fit with the intersectional feminist approach that infused Marlee Kline’s work and that the prize seeks to foster.” The paper has been accepted for publication in the Canadian Journal of Women and the Law. Charlotte graduated with her JD this year and will be clerking with the British Columbia Court of Appeal in 2019-2020 and the Supreme Court of Canada in 2020-2021. Congratulations Charlotte!


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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