Top students take the gold

Vivian Kung accepts a 2006 Law Society gold medalSimply shining, Vivian Kung (right centre) accepts a 2006 Law Society gold medal from Second Vice-President John Hunter, QC after achieving the highest cumulative grade point average over the three years of her LL.B. program at the UBC Faculty of Law. Law Dean Mary Anne Bobinski (right) hosted the presentation following the UBC Convocation in May. Ms. Kung’s friends and family joined in the celebration.

The gold medal completes a set for Ms. Kung — as top graduating student at Templeton Secondary in 1999 she was awarded the Governor General’s Bronze Medal and as a UBC undergraduate she put in an equally stellar performance, this time earning the Governor General’s Silver Medal in Arts. With her law degree behind her, she begins work as a law clerk this year at the BC Court of Appeal and then as an articled student at Blake Cassels.

At the University of Victoria, this year’s Gold Medallist was Jennifer Marles, who was honoured by Victoria Bencher Richard Stewart, QC at a reception in June. Ms. Marles entered law school with a solid academic record — an honours degree in biochemistry from UBC and a Master of Science from the University of Toronto. In her legal studies, she demonstrated the same passion for excellence, while still making time for community service. Ms. Marles will clerk with the BC Supreme Court before beginning articles with Oyen, Wiggs, Green and Mutala.

The Benchers and Law Society staff commend Ms. Kung and Ms. Marles for their accomplishments and wish them all the best in the future.