Ian Scott Public Interest Internship Program

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The Ian Scott Public Interest Internship Program provides funding to students who attain summer employment at a public interest organization such as a legal aid clinic, advocacy organization or nongovernmental organization. Preference is given to students who are working unpaid or underpaid. Recipients must demonstrate consistent high academic achievement and financial need. The award is restricted to students who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents.

In addition to the donors who have given to the awards below, The Law Foundation of Ontario generously provides annual funding for this program.

Friends of The Honourable Ian Scott, Q.C. Award

Ian Scott graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1959 and went on to become a leading advocate, politician and Attorney General of Ontario. He excelled in public interest litigation in which he advanced the development of today’s administrative law principles. He led the way on important reforms, and he had enormous enthusiasm, tremendous integrity and outstanding wit. This award is available to students who attain summer employment at a public interest organization such as a legal aid clinic, advocacy organization or non-governmental organization. Preference will be given to a student who is working unpaid or underpaid. Recipient must demonstrate consistent high academic achievement and financial need. The award is restricted to students who are Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected persons and residents of Ontario.

Gowling WLG Award

This award was established in 2005 to celebrate the merger of two highly respected Toronto law firms, Gowling Lafleur Henderson and Smith Lyons. It also pays tribute to The Honourable Ian Scott, a former partner of Gowlings. The award will be given annually to students who have been accepted into The Honourable Ian Scott Public Interest Internship Program where they will undertake summer employment at a public interest organization. Preference will be given to students who are working unpaid or underpaid. Recipients must demonstrate consistent high academic achievement and financial need. The award is restricted to students who are Canadian citizens/permanent residents/protected persons and residents of Ontario.

Andrew M. Lawson ’55 Award

This award is available to students who attain summer employment at a public interest organization such as a legal aid clinic, advocacy organization or non-governmental organization. Preference will be given to a student who is working unpaid or underpaid. Recipient must demonstrate consistent high academic achievement and financial need. The award is restricted to students who are Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected persons and residents of Ontario.  Andrew Lawson spent his career delivering legal services to the needy. He was the first Director of the Ontario Legal Plan from 1967 until his retirement in 1988.

Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein LLP Award

The firm of Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein LLP established this award to honour its friend, Ian Scott, and to assist a student(s) who intends to pursue a career in public law. Ian Scott (LLB 1959) has be a barrister, a politician and a legal educator. In each of his careers, he set high standards of achievement with integrity and commitment. This award is available to students who attain summer employment at a public interest organization such as a legal aid clinic, advocacy organization or nongovernmental organization. Preference will be given to a student who is working unpaid or underpaid. Recipient must demonstrate consistent high academic achievement and financial need. The award is restricted to students who are Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected persons and residents of Ontario.