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The Advisory: Volume 8, Issue 5, December 2010


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Viscount Bennett Scholarship Winners

By Bria Cridland, Communications Coordinator, Law Society of Alberta

The Viscount Bennett Scholarship was established through a trust fund by the Right Honourable Viscount Bennett to encourage a high standard of legal education, training and excellence. It is awarded annually by the Law Society of Alberta.

Winner’s Studies to Focus on Legal Theory

HAVING COMPLETED a year long clerkship at the Supreme Court of Canada in Ottawa, Jocelyn Stacey now has her sights set on earning an LL.M. degree from Yale University. Receiving a Viscount Bennett Scholarship is important to Jocelyn not only financially, but also in knowing she has support from home while studying abroad.

While at Yale, Jocelyn looks forward to benefiting from the broad-range of courses offered to master’s students at the law school. She intends to focus her course work on legal theory and also work on an individual research project on administrative and environmental law. Gaining perspective on the law from other international students as well as from her Yale professors promises to be an eye-opening experience for Jocelyn.

Jocelyn has a B.Sc. from the University of Alberta and an LL.B. from the University of Calgary. Upon earning her LL.M., she plans to find an academic position at a Canadian law school.

Studies in Water Issues to Build Canadian Expertise

GROWING-UP in a family of ‘paddlers’, it’s only natural that Anna Lund should feel a strong connection to our water resources. Her interest went from personal to academic in her second year of law school at the University of Alberta when she wrote a paper on water rights in Alberta.

Anna is excited now to be at the University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall) working towards her LL.M. and focusing on property law, bankruptcy law and water rights. She will be writing her thesis with Joseph Sax, author of Legal Control of Water Resources: Cases and Materials (Thomson West, 2006).

Being in California will not only provide Anna the opportunity to experience great weather, but it will allow her to join leading-edge discussions on water policy. Anna is appreciative for the Viscount Bennett Scholarship helping her pursue studies in California. Studying water issues in an area where innovation is necessary will allow Anna to bring valuable expertise back to Canada.

Recipient Sets Sights on Environmental Law Studies

Receiving a Viscount Bennett Scholarship from the Law Society of Alberta feels like validation to Cameron Jefferies, whose path into law was somewhat unorthodox. Earning a biological sciences degree from the University of Alberta fueled an interest in environmental law.

Having completed his law degree at the U of A, Cameron is now studying towards his LL.M. at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. Cameron plans to complete an independent research project on whale and shark conservation along with his course work.

After completing his LL.M. requirements at the Thomas Jefferson founded university, Cameron plans to return to Alberta where he feels there is a lot of environmental work that must be done. He plans to pursue a career as a public interest environmental lawyer and eventually teach the next generation of environmental lawyers.

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