Three UVic Law Students Awarded Law Foundation of BC Graduate Fellowships

Jonathan Minnes, Kathryn Thomson, Richard VeerapenUVic law students Jonathan Minnes (LLM), Kathryn Thomson (PhD), and Richard Veerapen (PhD) were awarded three of the available six graduate fellowships granted by the Law Foundation of BC for the 2014/15 academic year.

The Law Foundation of BC provides Graduate Fellowships on an annual basis to students pursuing full-time graduate studies in law or a law-related area. In order to be eligible, applicants must either be residents of British Columbia, graduates of a British Columbia law school, or members of the British Columbia Bar.

Minnes’ work examines the interplay between current and former Canadian Forces members, their families and the Canadian legal system. His research focuses on the unique challenges military members face in various areas of the law, including Criminal, Family and Pension law.

Thomson’s dissertation considers the effectiveness of knowledge technology strategies in improving access to the justice system. Her work looks at barriers to accessing justice experienced by self-represented litigants and others who are challenged to participate in the justice system.

Veerapen’s research aims to explore and understand the experiences of a purposefully selected group of specialist physicians in their engagement with the family/close others of their patients during the informed consent process.

Applicants were assessed on the basis of their academic achievements, leadership qualities, involvement in community activities, proposed course of study and other factors deemed relevant by the selection committee.

All three UVic Law students received the maximum award of $15,000.

Congratulations to the students on this wonderful recognition of their efforts and scholarship!