From the Law Foundation of BC

Legal Research Fund

The Law Foundation of British Columbia has established a fund of $100,000 per year to support legal research in BC.

Purpose of the initiative: The purpose of the initiative is to support legal research projects that advance the knowledge of law, social policy and the administration of justice.

Who can apply? Members of the Law Faculties at the University of British ­Columbia and the University of Victoria and others in the legal profession who can demonstrate that they have the background, interests and capacity to carry out a project that will meet the stated purpose of this initiative.

The Foundation seeks Letters of Intent for proposals for one-time projects.  

To be eligible for funding, a project must fall within the Law Foundation’s ­legal research program objectives of advancing the knowledge of law, social policy and the administration of justice through the ­identification of areas and issues needing study and analysis and the encouragement and support of projects to address those needs.

The foundation encourages applicants and projects that reflect the diversity of British Columbia. The Law Foundation’s working definition of diversity is: diversity includes age, different abilities, socio-economic level, education, ethnicity, language, family, gender, marital/relationship status, race, religion, work experience, geographic size and location, and sexual orientation.

Length of project: The foundation will consider one-year projects, as well as multi-year projects.

Grant size: The maximum amount available for each project is $20,000.

Application process: To be considered, submit by mail, courier or fax a Letter of Intent by 3 pm, May 20, 2009 for consideration at the June Law Foundation Board of Governors meeting. Please do not email Letters of Intent.

The Letter of Intent, which should be no more than three pages long, should contain the following information:

  • name of project/proposed research;
  • description of the proposed research;
  • need for the proposed research;
  • budget/amount of request.

Materials should be sent to:

Law Foundation of British Columbia
1340 – 605 Robson Street
Vancouver BC  V6B 5J3
Fax: 604-688-4586

Contact Michael Seaborn, Program Director, at 604-689-2048 to discuss your project prior to submitting a Letter of Intent.


The Law Foundation of British Columbia is a non-profit foundation that receives the interest on lawyers’ pooled trust accounts and distributes it, by means of grants, for legal education, legal research, legal aid, law reform and law libraries in the province.



Mary Mouat

Mary MouatThe Board of Governors is pleased to announce that Mary Mouat of Victoria has been elected as Chair of the Law Foundation effective January 1, 2009. Mouat succeeds Warren Wilson, QC of Vancouver who has been Chair of the Law Foundation since 2006.

Mouat earned her law degree from the University of Victoria and was called to the BC Bar in 1988. She is a partner of the Quadra Legal Centre in Victoria, practising as a qualified family law mediator and collaborative law lawyer. She has been active in many community and bar organizations, including the Victoria Bar Association, the Executive of the CBA (BC Branch), the Family Tariff Committee of the Legal Services Society, the Law Courts Education Society and the Victoria Women’s Sexual Assault. Most recently she was a member of the Family Justice Reform Working Group created by the Justice Review Task Force.

She has been a Governor of the Foundation since 2006 and has served on the Child Welfare Fund, New Grants (as Chair), and Bursary, Scholarship and Fellowship Committees.

As well, Justice David Masuhara, Anna Fung, QC, Frank Scordo and Robert Groves were appointed governors of the Law Foundation for three-year terms commencing January 1, 2009.