Begg granted Law Society scholarship

The Benchers have awarded the $12,000 Law Society scholarship for graduate legal studies to Michael James Begg. Mr Begg said many things were going through his mind when he received the telephone call notifying him of his successful application. “One doesn’t generally like to get calls from the Law Society, but I was delighted to get this one. This award allows me to focus more continuous time on my thesis, rather than working on it in between pursuing other sources of income.”

Mr. Begg is currently studying for his LL.M. at the University of British Columbia, and his thesis focuses on the challenge of achieving sustainable land management while reconciling the interests of both non-aboriginal and aboriginal peoples. This is an issue he wanted to pursue after working with both the BC government and First Nations groups.

Mr. Begg graduated from law school at the University of Victoria in 1994. Two years after his call to the bar in 1996, he began working as a lawyer with the provincial government. In 2000, he became manager of aboriginal programs for BC Lands. During his two years in that department, he developed an innovative program enabling First Nations to develop business and cultural projects on off-reserve lands while negotiating treaty settlements.