2012 scholarship recipient
Jennifer Wai Yin Chan has been chosen to receive the Law Society scholarship for 2012. She attended the May Benchers meeting, where President Bruce LeRose, QC presented her with a cheque for $12,000.
Chan graduated from the University of Victoria law school. She articled with McCarthy Tétrault and was called to the bar in September 2009. She practised as an associate with McCarthy Tétrault until February 1, 2010, when she became a sole practitioner.
She would like to pursue an LL.M., and her area of interest, in particular, is affordable legal access and the provision of legal aid in BC. Chan intends to research and then propose a legal test for determining precisely what situations will support a right to legal representation. This will include specific examples that argue for a broader right to counsel beyond the limited situations presently recognized.
Chan has recently been accepted for admission to Harvard Law School’s LL.M. program.
The Law Society scholarship of $12,000 is offered annually to encourage and financially assist the recipient in completing graduate studies that will ultimately benefit the individual, the province and the legal profession.