Two first-year Osgoode students win BLG fellowships

Katherine Zavitz and Bridget Hauserman of York’s Osgoode Hall Law School have each won a $10,000 research fellowship from Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG).

Sean Weir, national managing partner of BLG, congratulated the recipients of the 2005 BLG Research Fellowships. The firm established a $1-million national research fellowship program in 2004 to support legal research in Canada over five years.

A total of 20 grants worth $10,000 each were awarded to this year’s recipients, all of whom had completed their first year of law school. Fellowship recipients were chosen by the law schools based on their academic achievements. The 2005 recipients are participating in research projects directed by prominent law faculty members covering topics as diverse as examining the judgments of the first generation of women judges on the Supreme Court of Canada, to the globalization and privatization of dispute resolution and its implications for democracy and the rule of law.

“BLG has developed a very innovative program that benefits both Osgoode faculty and students,” said Patrick Monahan, dean of Osgoode. “We have much to celebrate because of BLG’s continuing commitment to promoting excellence in Canadian legal research.”

BLG will host a presentation event at Osgoode in the fall to recognize the achievements of the fellowship recipients and to present them with certificates. A BLG Research Fellowship plaque with the names of this year’s recipients will also be unveiled.

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