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Advocis Education Foundation Bursary

The Advocis Education Foundation has established a bursary to be awarded annually to a student entering the JD Program at Osgoode Hall Law School. The recipient of the bursary will be determined on the basis of past academic performance and financial need. The amount of the bursary will constitute the annual income from a fund of approximately $7,000 donated by the Foundation. While it is intended that this bursary be used primarily as an entrance bursary on the basis outlined above, the Foundation is also prepared to allow it to be awarded in any year as an in-course bursary if a greater need is perceived in that area. In addition, the bursary may not be awarded in any year with the intention of making two awards in a subsequent year or of adding the non-awarded income to the fund to generate higher awards in future years. The bursary may also be split among two or more recipients in any year.

Anshu and Romia Arora Bursary

The Anshu and Romia Arora Bursary will be given annually to a first year student in the JD program who has financial need. Anshu Arora graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School with an LLM degree in 2014. In gratitude for the education he received, he and his wife, Romia, have established this bursary.

Harry W. Arthurs Bursary Fund

Friends and colleagues of Harry W. Arthurs set up this fund in recognition of his commitment to increasing the diversity of and accessibility to the Law School when he stepped down as Dean in 1977. The fund provides bursaries to first year students in financial need.

John M. Barber Award

In memory of John M. Barber, former Osgoode Hall Law School faculty member, this award is to assist students in the JD Program who have demonstrated financial need.

The William and Edward Barrack and John Joseph Radey Bursary

William and Edward Barrack and John Joseph Radey each faced personal and physical challenges with grace and courage. None of them lived to celebrate their 50th birthday. The McCarthy Tetrault Foundation has made a donation, the annual income from which will be made available in the form of a bursary to students in the JD program who are Canadian citizen/permanent residents, Ontario residents and who demonstrate financial need. Preference will be given to students who are facing personal challenges.

The Bastedo Stewart & Smith Bursary

Thomas J. Bastedo (LLB 1969), Joanne Stewart (LLB 1981) and Bryan Smith (LLB 1987) are partners in a family law practice in Toronto. They established this bursary in gratitude of the education they each received at Osgoode Hall Law School and to help students who require some financial assistance to complete their degree. This bursary will be given annually to a student who is a Canadian citizen/permanent resident, Ontario resident. Recipients must demonstrate financial need and an interest in family law.

Sandra Birnbaum Bursary

Sandra Birnbaum ’77, LL.M ’99 entered Osgoode Hall Law School as a mature student after working for many years as a teacher.  In 1999, she was appointed a Master of the Superior Court of Justice for Ontario. In appreciation of the opportunities her legal education provided, she wishes to assist other students with their Osgoode experience. This bursary will be given annually to a JD student who is a Canadian citizen/permanent resident/protected person, an Ontario resident and who demonstrates financial need.

Howard Black ’83 ’01 (LLM) Award

Established in 2010 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Howard Black’s call to the bar by his mother, Beverly Black. Howard began teaching at Osgoode as an Adjunct Faculty member in 1992 and quickly became one of the most popular instructors. He was recognized with the Osgoode Teaching Award for Adjunct Faculty in 2004. His professionalism, sincerity, kindness and generosity have endeared him to students, faculty and staff.  The award will be given annually to a student in the JD program on the basis of academic excellence and financial need. The recipient must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or protected person and a resident of Ontario.

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP Access Bursary

As part of its continued commitment to diversity in the legal profession, the firm of Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP has established two entrance bursaries, each in the amount of $1,500, to be awarded annually to students entering first year and who are in financial need. These bursaries are intended to assist individuals with good academic potential who are from groups which confront or who have themselves confronted identifiable social, educational and/or economic barriers to education.

Jeffrey Blidner Award

In his 25 years at Goodman and Carr LLP, Jeffrey Blidner (LL.B ’72) earned a reputation as an outstanding senior corporate and securities lawyer. The firm established this award to honour their friend and colleague and to celebrate his distinguished career. This award will be given to a student who is enrolled in or has completed a business law intensive program at Osgoode Hall Law School. Recipients must demonstrate academic excellence and financial need.

The Norman Borins, Stephen Borins and Jennifer Borins Sutton Memorial Bursary

The Norman Borins and Jennifer Borins Sutton Memorial Bursary was established in 1992 by the family, former colleagues and friends of Norman Borins, a graduate of the Osgoode Class of 1930. Mr. Borins had a long and distinguished career at the Criminal Bar as both an Assistant Crown Attorney of York County and a partner at Croll and Borins and its successor firms. The Borins family recalls the difficulties experienced by young law students and practitioners as they try to assist contemporary Osgoode students in financial difficulty. The interest generated by the endowed fund will be used to provide financial support to needy Osgoode students.

Rudolph P. Bratty Award

Rudolph P. Bratty graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1957 and went on to a distinguished career in real estate law and land development. He has generously given his time and support to numerous charitable organizations. This award will be given to students registered in the JD program at Osgoode Hall Law School who have demonstrated academic achievement and financial need. The Ontario Student Opportunity Trust Fund has matched a portion of the endowment, therefore to be eligible some recipients must be Canadian citizens/permanent residents and Ontario residents.

Onie Brown Memorial Bursary

Mrs. C.M. Muskat, B.A., Barrister of Toronto, has established a bursary in memory of the late Onie Brown, Q.C., Barrister, of Osgoode Hall, 1928-55. The bursary is to be awarded to those students in need of financial assistance.

The Penny Cader Bursary

The family and friends of Penny Cader established this bursary on the occasion of her 60th birthday. Penny came to Osgoode Hall Law School in 1988 as a mature student and then went on to practice law at Gowlings. She was very grateful for the opportunity to study at Osgoode and would like to help other mature students to complete their studies. This bursary will be given annually to an Osgoode student who is a Canadian citizen/permanent resident, a resident of Ontario, and who demonstrates financial need. Preference will be given to a sole support parent.

Archie Campbell Memorial Bursary

Established by the classmates and friends of Justice Archie Campbell ’67, who was an active member of the Law School, most notably as a columnist for the Obiter Dicta. A beloved teacher and highly respected jurist who embodied the best characteristics of the bench: a deep knowledge and respect of the law, and the wisdom to apply it fairly. Archie lived life to the fullest and made sure those around him enjoyed it too. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

This bursary will be given annually to a JD student who is a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or protected person and a resident of Ontario who demonstrates financial need.

The Honourable Madam Justice Moira Lenore Caswell Award

The family, friends and colleagues of the Honourable Madam Justice Moira Caswell have established this award to honour her distinguished career as a lawyer and a judge.  As one of the 14 women in her class, Madam Justice Caswell graduated from Osgoode with an LLB in 1960 and was called to the Bar in 1962. She practiced commercial and real estate law for 20 years and was appointed as one of Her Majesty’s Council in 1978. From 1968 to 1981 she was an instructor for the Law Society of Upper Canada. She was Program Co-Chairman for the Canadian Bar Association and served on the Ontario Education Relations Commission as a Fact Finder and Mediator. She was appointed as a Judge in the Provincial Court Civil Division in 1982. She was appointed to the Ontario Court Superior Division where she served from 1992-2003. Community service was an essential part of Madam Justice Caswell’s life. She served on the Board of the Women’s College Hospital, the St. Joseph’s Health Centre Foundation, Victoria Day Care Services and the York Montessori Schools.

Madam Justice Caswell was known for her engaging personality and her love of, and dedication to, the law. She was committed to lifelong professional development and community service. She never failed to be impassioned by the judicial system and sought to achieve the highest standards for herself and members of her profession.  This award will be given annually to second-year Osgoode students who have shown an interest in community service and who demonstrate financial need. Recipients must be Canadian citizens/permanent residents and residents of Ontario.

Felix and Millie Chan Bursary

This award is given annually to an Osgoode student who is in financial need and has demonstrated an interest in health law or civil litigation. Felix and Mille Chan were international students who met at York University. This award is established as a way for Chan’s to support future graduates in law in pursuing their education.

Chaplick Family Parkdale Award

The Chaplick Family Parkdale Award has been established by the Chaplick family in celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the establishment of Parkdale Community Legal Services. Mr. Elliott Chaplick, who graduated from Osgoode in 1972, was a member of the first Parkdale class in 1971-72, and has taken a continuing interest in Parkdale. An award will be granted annually to a student enrolled in the Intensive Program in Poverty Law at Parkdale. The student will have demonstrated academic excellence, financial need, and an active commitment to the principles of social justice. The funds supporting this award were matched by the Ontario Government and accordingly are available only to Ontario residents as defined by the OSOTF guidelines.

Sandra Chapnik Mature Student Bursary Fund

The income from a fund established by The Honourable Madam Justice Sandra Chapnik (Osgoode’ 76) and Dr. Jerry Chapnik is to be used for the annual award of a bursary to a student in any year admitted under the Mature Student applicant category and who is in need of financial assistance. Madam Justice Chapnik was a member of the first group of students admitted to the Law School under the Mature Student applicant category.

Larry D. Clarke Bursary

The Larry D. Clarke Bursary was generously endowed by Joan and Larry D. Clarke. Larry Clarke was York University’s Chancellor from 1987 to 1991. He graduated from Osgoode Hall in 1949 and went on to become Chairman of Spar Aerospace Ltd. This bursary is available to students registered at Osgoode Hall Law School who are Canadian citizens/permanent residents, Ontario residents (as defined by the Ontario Student Assistance Program) and who demonstrate financial need.

Class of 1954 50th Reunion Bursary

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of their graduation from Osgoode Hall Law School, the class of 1954 generously donated this bursary. It will be given annually to a student(s) in the JD program who is a Canadian citizen/permanent resident, an Ontario resident, and who demonstrates financial need.

The Class of 1960 LLB Bursary

This bursary will be given annually to a student in the JD program who is a Canadian citizen/permanent resident/protected person, an Ontario resident and who had financial need. The Class of 1960 LLB was the first to graduate from Osgoode with an LLB degree. This bursary was established on the occasion of their 50th class reunion.

The Class of 1960 BARR Award

This award is given annually to a student in the JD program who is a Canadian citizen/permanent resident/protected person, an Ontario resident, who has financial need and is in good academic standing. The Class of 1960 BARR was known as Dean Smalley Baker’s 8th Dragoons. This bursary was established on the occasion of their 50th class reunion.

The Class of 1964 Paul C. Weiler Bursary

Members of the Class of 1964 established this award in 2004 to commemorate their 40th anniversary reunion. It will be given annually to a student enrolled in the JD program who is both an Ontario resident and a Canadian citizen/permanent resident, who demonstrates financial need and, having regard to his/her academic record and/or extracurricular contributions at Osgoode Hall Law School, is particularly deserving of receiving such award.

Class of 1966 Bursary

On the occasion of their 40th class reunion in 2006, the class of 1966 endowed this bursary.   It will be given annually to a student(s) in the JD program. Recipients must be Canadian citizens/permanent residents/protected persons/Ontario residents who demonstrate financial need.

Class of 1967 Bursary Fund

The Class of 1967 Bursary Fund was initiated in 1997 to commemorate the lives and achievement of two well known members of the Class of ’67 who died in that year, Mr. David (“Bugsy”) Newman and Mr. Larry Grossman. The fund has been established in the expectation that future donations from members of the Class of ’67 to Osgoode Hall Law School will help make the fund grow. The first portion of the fund has been matched by the Ontario Government and accordingly is available only to Ontario residents as defined by the OSOTF guidelines.

Class of 1968 Generation-to-Generation Bursary

The Class of 1968 was the last class to graduate from the old Osgoode Hall Law School. On the occasion of their 35th class reunion they raised funds to endow a bursary to assist students in the JD program. This bursary will be given annually to an Osgoode student who demonstrates financial need, is an Ontario resident and a Canadian citizen/permanent resident.

Class of 1969 Reunion Bursary

This bursary was donated to Osgoode Hall Law School by the Class of 1969 in celebration of their 35th class reunion in 2004. It will be awarded annually to students registered in the JD program who are Ontario residents, Canadian citizens/permanent residents and who demonstrate financial need. Recipients must be in good academic standing.

Class of 1972 Award

Members of the Class of 1972 established this award in celebration of their 30th anniversary reunion. It will be given annually to a student enrolled in the JD program who demonstrates financial need, academic achievement, and involvement in extracurricular activities, such as athletics, student government or other organized activities at Osgoode Hall Law School.

Class of 1974 Bursary

This bursary was donated to Osgoode Hall Law School by the Class of 1974 in celebration of their 30th class reunion in 2004. It will be awarded annually to a student registered in the JD program who is an Ontario resident, Canadian Citizen/permanent resident and who demonstrates financial need.

Class of 1975 Bursary

The bursary will be given anually to a student in the JD program who is a Canadian citizen/permanent resident/protected person, an Ontario resident and who has financial need. The Class of 1975 created this bursary on the occassion of the 35th anniversary of their graduation from Osgoode.

Class of 1976 Bursary

On the occasion of their 25th reunion the Class of 1976 dedicated a seminar room at Osgoode. For their 30th reunion they endowed a bursary at the Law School to help future generations of students. This bursary will be given annually to students in the JD program who are Canadian citizens/permanent residents/protected persons, Ontario residents and who demonstrate financial need.

Class of 1977 Bursary

In celebration of their 25th anniversary reunion, members of the Class of 1977 established this bursary. It will be given annually to a student enrolled in the JD program who demonstrates financial need. Preference will be given to a student who has a demonstrated interest in social justice issues and/or who intends to pursue a career in the social justice area.

The Class of 1978 Bursary

In 2003, the Class of 1978 celebrated their 25th class reunion. They recognized that the Law School played a significant role in their lives, both professionally and personally. To commemorate this special occasion they decided to establish a bursary with the intention of helping future Osgoode students succeed in their legal education.  This bursary will be awarded to a student entering the first year of study in the JD program. Recipients must demonstrate financial need. The Ontario government, through the Ontario Student Opportunity Trust Fund has contributed matching funds to the endowment; therefore the award is restricted to students who are Canadian citizens/permanent residents and Ontario residents.

Class of 1980 Bursary

This bursary was established in 2005 by the Class of 1980 to commemorate their 25th class reunion. It will be awarded annually to students registered in the JD program who are Ontario residents, Canadian citizens /permanent residents/ protected persons, and who demonstrate financial need. Recipients must be in good academic standing.

Class of 1985 Bursary

In honour of the 25th anniversary of their graduation, the Class of 1985 created this bursary to assist future generations of Osgoode students. It will be given anually to a student in the JD program who is a Canadian citizen/permanent resident/protected person, an Ontario resident and who has financial need.

Class of 1992 and Family of Michele de Pass Lund Bursary

On the occasion of their 10th anniversary reunion the Class of 1992 established this bursary to honour their friend and classmate. Michele entered Osgoode as a mature student. She became involved in the life of the Law School through her column in the Obiter Dicta. Upon graduation Michele began a successful career in law. She articled and practiced corporate/commercial law at McCarthy Tétrault and then became Director & Solicitor of The Toronto-Dominion Bank. She balanced her busy career with her life as a wife and mother of two boys. She is remembered for her wit, frankness, determination and kindness, and is deeply missed by her family and friends.  This bursary will be awarded annually to a female student registered at Osgoode in the JD program who demonstrates financial need. Preference will be given to a mature student.

Class of 1993 Bursary Fund

The Class of 1993 Bursary Fund was established as a graduation gift by the Class of 1993 to ensure that the commitment, dedication, and vision that characterized the Class will be remembered and honoured. Income from the Fund is used to assist Osgoode JD students in financial need. The Ontario Student Opportunity Trust Fund matched a portion of the endowment and therefore some of the bursaries will be available only to Ontario residents who are Canadian citizens/Permanent residents.

Class of 1994 Bursary Fund

The Class of 1994 Bursary Fund was established as a graduation gift to the School by the Class of 1994. The gift symbolizes the Class’ gratitude for the friendships made and the education received during the years at Osgoode. Income from the fund is used to assist Osgoode JD students in financial need.

Class of 1995 Bursary Fund

The Class of 1995 Bursary Fund was established as a graduation gift to the School by the Class of 1995 to ensure that the Class will be remembered by the students of today. Income from the fund is used to assist Osgoode JD students in financial need.

Class of 1996 Bursary Fund

The Class of 1996 Bursary Fund was established as a graduation gift to the School by the Class of 1996. The gift acknowledges the gratitude of the Class for the legal education received and is meant to assist future Osgoode students. Income from the Fund is used to assist Osgoode JD students in financial need. The fund supporting this bursary was matched by the Ontario Government and accordingly the bursary is available only to Ontario residents as defined by the OSOTF guidelines.

Class of 1997 Bursary Fund

The Class of 1997 Bursary Fund was established as a graduation gift to the School by the Class of 1997. The gift is made to help ensure that legal education remains affordable for everyone. Income from the fund will be used to assist Osgoode JD students in financial need. Recipients must be Ontario residents and Canadian citizens/permanent residents.

Class of 1997 Out of Province Bursary Fund

The Class of 1997 Out of Province Bursary Fund was established as a graduation gift to the School by the Class of 1997. The gift is made to help ensure that legal education remains affordable for everyone. Income from the fund will be used to assist out of province Osgoode JD students in financial need.

Class of 2001 Steven R. Huta Memorial Bursary

This is awarded annually to a JD student in financial need who has completed second year and who has shown outstanding academic and athletic achievement and/or student life involvement. Recipients must be a Canadian citizen/permanent resident/protected person and a resident of Ontario.  This award was established in memory by family and friends of Steven Huta who was an exceptional student who died tragically in his second year of study at Osgoode Hall Law School.

John Alexander Cochran Bursary

This bursary was originally established by the Class of 1990 in memory of their classmate John Alexander Cochran. John’s family also contributed to the Bursary. It is to be awarded annually to a student in the second or third year of the JD program who is in financial need and is a Canadian citizen/ permanent resident/ protected person and an Ontario resident.

Randa Jean Cook Memorial Bursary Fund

This memorial fund has been established to honour the memory of Randa Jean Cook who graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1989. Randa died in a cycling accident in July, 1992. During her time as a student at Osgoode Hall Law School, Randa assumed many leadership roles. In addition, she was a committed student of poverty law, labour law and feminist legal theory. The bursary from this fund will be awarded annually to a second or third year student who is in financial need. The successful candidate will be enrolled in the Intensive Program in Poverty Law at Parkdale Community Legal Services.

The Honourable Peter deCarteret Cory Award

A graduate of Osgoode in 1950 and appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada in 1989, the Honourable Peter deCarteret Cory has led a distinguished career as a lawyer, bencher, trial and appellate judge, culminating in his elevation to the Supreme Court. Mr. Justice Cory’s contribution to Canada extends beyond the legal profession and includes service as a decorated RCAF Officer. The law clerks and friends of Mr. Justice Cory have made a generous contribution to establish this award. The award will be offered each year to a student enrolled in the JD program who demonstrates financial need, outstanding academic achievement, and involvement in Osgoode’s extracurricular activities or community service. Preference will be given to a student from the Windsor area.

Criminal Lawyers’ Association Award

The Criminal Lawyers’ Association is one of the largest specialty legal associations in Canada. Comprised of more than 1,000 members, the Association is a strong voice for criminal lawyers and anyone who is concerned with the quality of criminal justice in Ontario. This award will be given annually to a student enrolled in the JD program at Osgoode Hall Law School on the basis of financial need and academic standing (minimum B average) in an upper year criminal law course or the Criminal Intensive Program.

Jean-Alexandre De Bousquet Award for the Advancement of Human Rights

This award was established to promote interest in Canadian human rights law. It will be given annually to a JD student in financial need who has demonstrated an interest in human rights law at the provincial or federal levels, which may be demonstrated through academic work, volunteer or employment activities.  Preference will be given to a student who has represented themselves, a friend or family member at a provincial or federal human rights tribunal.

Norman Di Lella Memorial Bursary

Through the generosity of his friends, a fund has been established to provide an annual bursary in memory of the late Norman Joseph Di Lella (Osgoode Hall Law School Class of 1957). The bursary representing the annual income of the fund will be awarded to a student in any year of the JD Program.

Dworkin Bursary

This bursary was established by Professor H. W. Arthurs in memory of his grandparents, Harry and Dorothy Dworkin, both of whom throughout their lives worked hard to improve the situation of immigrant and other disadvantaged groups in our society. The bursary will be awarded to a needy student at Osgoode Hall Law School, preferably one who is already enrolled and who is a member of an immigrant or other disadvantaged group. The fund supporting this bursary was matched by the Ontario Government and accordingly the bursary is available only to Ontario residents as defined by the OSOTF guidelines.

Joseph Feldman/Torkin Manes Bursary

Joseph Feldman received his LLM from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2001. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 1975 and practiced in the Real Estate Department at Torkin Manes Cohen Arbus LLP (Torkin Manes) as a partner until December 2007. To mark his retirement from the firm, Mr. Feldman and the partners at Torkin Manes wish to assist Osgoode students with the cost of education. This bursary is available to a JD student who is a Canadian citizen/permanent resident/protected person, and an Ontario resident who demonstrates financial need.

Feldstein Family Law Group Award

The firm established this award to be granted to a student in the JD program who has a minimum cumulative average of 7.00 (B+) and demonstrated interest in family law.   Recipients must be a Canadian citizen/permanent resident/protected person and a resident of Ontario, and must demonstrate financial need.  Andrew Feldstein, the principal of the Feldstein Family Law Group, graduated from Osgoode in 1992.

Harold G. Fox Education Fund Bursary

The Harold G. Fox Education Fund has donated a sum to the Law School, the income from which is to be used to provide bursaries for students in financial need.

Annette Friedman Bursary

This award was established by the children of Annette Friedman ’76, who entered Osgoode as a mature student and passed away in 1986. This award will be given annually to an Osgoode student in the JD program who is determined to overcome challenging personal circumstances while in law school. The recipient must be a Canadian citizen/permanent resident/protected person, an Ontario resident and must demonstrate financial need.

Friends of Osgoode Bursary Fund

The Friends of Osgoode Bursary Fund has been established at Osgoode Hall Law School as part of the “Friends of Osgoode” campaign. The income from the Fund as established, and from any further contributions to the Fund, will be used to provide bursaries for Osgoode students in financial need.

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.

Samuel N. Goldhar Bursary

The annual income generated by a trust fund, established with a legacy left by the late Samuel N. Goldhar, is to be used to provide bursaries for students enrolled in any year of the JD Program who are in need of financial assistance.

Barbara Rosen Gomberg Bursary

This bursary was established in memory of Barbara Gomberg who worked as a psychiatric social worker in Montreal. Her sons, Frank (LLB ’77) and Avrom (LLB ’86) are both Osgoode graduates. This bursary will be given annually to a JD student who is a Canadian Citizen/Permanent Resident/Protected person, an Ontario resident and who has financial need. Preference will be given to a student who has demonstrated an interest in alternative dispute resolution or mediation.

Gowlings 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.

 Alan Grant Bursary

Professor Alan Grant founded the Intensive Program in Criminal Law in 1976.  This bursary was established in his honour by the alumni and friends on the occasion of the program’s 30th Anniversary Reunion.  It will be given annually to students in the JD program at Osgoode Hall Law School who are Canadian citizens/permanent residents/protected persons, Ontario residents and who demonstrate financial need.

R.J. Gray Award

This award has been established through the generosity of friends and alumni of Osgoode Hall Law School on the occasion of Professor R. J. Gray’s retirement in 2000. R.J. Gray joined the faculty at Osgoode in 1958, and served the Law School for more than 42 years, many of those as Assistant Dean. He is regarded as one of the most endearing members of the Osgoode community — respected by students, alumni, and faculty alike. The award will be offered each year to a student enrolled in the JD program who demonstrates financial need, outstanding academic achievement, and involvement in extracurricular activities, such as participation in York University athletics.

Green and Spiegel Scholarship Fund in Immigration & Refugee Law

The income from the fund is to be used to support students in the Intensive Program in Immigration and Refugee Law who require financial assistance to undertake external placements. The fund supporting the bursaries was matched by the Ontario Government and accordingly is available only to Ontario residents as defined by the OSOTF guidelines.

Stacey Halberstadt Memorial Bursary

Thus bursary has been established by the family and friends of Stacey Halberstadt ’98, whose life was taken too soon by a rare lung disease in December 2006. Stacey, who was called to the bar in 2000, was active in the political and social life of the Law School before articling at Gowlings. Following her sense of adventure Stacey worked in Bosnia before beginning her LLM at Cambridge University. Stacey is remembered for her passion for human rights, courage, strength, drive and determination, and is deeply missed.  This bursary will be given annually to a JD student who is a Canadian citizen/permanent resident/protected person, an Ontario resident and demonstrates financial need. Preference will be given to a student who displays an interest in legal studies related to international human rights and women’s issues.

Hymey Hanson Award

This award has been established through the generosity of Ms Candice Hanson (LLB ’76) in honour of her father, Mr. Hymey Hanson. The award will be offered each year to a student enrolled in the JD or a joint program, who demonstrates financial need, outstanding academic performance (B+ average or higher), and an involvement in Osgoode’s extracurricular activities. The funds supporting this bursary were matched by the Ontario Government and accordingly are available only to Ontario residents as defined by the OSOTF guidelines.

The Harris Internship Award

These awards will be given to students registered in the Intensive Program in Aboriginal Lands, Resources, and Governments at Osgoode Hall Law School. The funds will be used to assist students with the travel costs of their internship and other costs associated with their participation in the program.  The award was donated by Milton E. Harris, Chairman and CEO of Harris Steel Group Inc. Mr. Harris is committed to the principles identified by the Royal Commission of Aboriginal Peoples, which included educational initiatives that benefit Aboriginal people and non-Aboriginal people.

Barbara Hawkins Memorial Bursary

The Barbara Hawkins Memorial Bursary will be awarded to a student in the first-year of the JD program at Osgoode Hall Law School who is from the greater Hamilton area and who demonstrates financial need. This bursary was established by the partners of Scarfone Hawkins in memory of Barbara, wife of Donald B. Hawkins ’69.

Justice Alexandra Hoy ’78 Bursary

The Justice Alexandra Hoy ’78 Bursary will be given annually to students in the JD program at Osgoode who have financial need. Recipients must also be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected persons and residents of Ontario.

Reuben Hasson Award

Professor Reuben Hasson was born in Zimbabwe and educated in South Africa, England and the United States. After teaching stints at the University of London and Queen Mary College, London, Professor Hasson joined the faculty at Osgoode Hall Law School in 1975 where he remained until his retirement in 2001. Professor Hasson was dedicated to the advancement of social justice as a teacher, scholar and citizen. He was a much loved instructor whose teaching in the areas of commercial and consumer law insurance and personal income security was infused with his passionate concern for poor and vulnerable members of society. In his scholarship, Professor Hasson brought to light injustice tolerated and perpetuated by the legal system. He was actively involved with community groups advocating for justice on behalf of poor and oppressed groups in Canada and internationally.  The bursary will be given annually to a student who has made a significant contribution to the pursuit of social justice. This contribution may be demonstrated through community activity, personal commitment, academic interest or through a combination of these factors. The award will be given annually to a Canadian citizen/permanent resident, resident of Ontario, on the basis of academic achievement and financial need.

The Honourable Frederick Clair Hayes Memorial Award

Family members of The Honourable Frederick Clair Hayes established this award in 1999 as a result of a generous gift. A graduate of Osgoode in 1953, The Honourable Frederick Clair Hayes enjoyed a long and distinguished career as a lawyer and judge in Ontario. He was a member of the Provincial Bench, Criminal Division, for a total of 29 years, 18 of which were as Chief Justice. This award is to be given annually to a student enrolled in the JD program who demonstrates financial need and academic achievement. The funds supporting this bursary were matched by the Ontario Government and accordingly are available only to Ontario residents as defined by the OSOTF guidelines.

William Bruce Henderson Bursary

The late William Bruce Henderson, Solicitor, London, in his will left a legacy to be used for bursaries and scholarships. The fund has been invested and part of the income is to be applied for the establishment of an annual bursary to be awarded to a student in any year of the JD Program of Osgoode Hall Law School.

The Hispanic Ontario Lawyers Association (HOLA) and Carranza Barristers and Solicitors Bursary

A primary objective of HOLA is to bring together Hispanic lawyers and law students across Ontario to form a network that strengthens the Hispanic community. Carranza Barristers & Solicitors is a Toronto-based litigation firm committed to excellence through diversity and inclusions. This award will be given annually to a student registered in the JD program at Osgoode Hall Law School who is a Canadian citizen/permanent resident/protected person, an Ontario resident and who demonstrates financial need. Preference will be given to a student who is fluent in Spanish.

The Honourable David G. Humphrey and the Honourable Hugh R. Locke Bursary

David G. Humphrey (’50) and Hugh R. Locke (’54) established the firm Humphrey Locke in 1954. They were two of Toronto’s leading criminal lawyers until they were called to the bench, Hugh in 1976 and David in 1985. They influenced generations of criminal lawyers and demonstrated an outstanding responsibility to the profession and their colleagues. As distinguished members of the bench, their judgments demonstrated wisdom, clarity and integrity. Their service to criminal law in Ontario spanned more than 40 years. This award was established by their family and friends to honour their many contributions and dedication to service.

The award will be given annually to an Osgoode student(s) registered in the JD program who has successfully completed two years of law study. The recipient(s) must demonstrate an interest in pursuing a career in the field of criminal law, as reflected in their selection of law school courses in the criminal law field, their enrollment in the criminal law intensive, the Innocence Project, or other similar intensive or clinical program, their employment activity during law school or their employment plans following the completion of their law degree, or such other indicia which, in the opinion of the Student Awards Committee, reflect a commitment to a pursuit of a career in criminal law. In addition, the recipient(s) must demonstrate financial need, be a resident of the province of Ontario and a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. The funds for this award were matched by the Ontario government.

Nelson Arthur Hyland Foundation Bursary

A bursary in the name of Nelson Arthur Hyland, the founder of the Nelson Arthur Hyland Foundation, has been established. The interest on the fund will be awarded annually to students of Osgoode Hall Law School who are in financial need.

Frank Iacobucci Bursary

Through the generosity of the Italian Canadian Benevolent Corporation, the Colombus Centre and members of the Italian community, two bursaries will be awarded annually from the income derived from an endowment established to mark the occasion of the appointment of Frank Iacobucci to the Supreme Court of Canada. The bursaries will be awarded to needy students in the JD, LLM or DJUR degree programs, with preference being given to academically superior candidates.

Sydney Reid Johnston Bursary

The annual income from a fund established with the legacy left by the late Sydney Reid Johnston is to be used to provide bursaries for students enrolled in any year of the JD Program who are in need of financial assistance.

The Honourable Russell Juriansz ’72 Bursary

This bursary was established in 2014 through the fundraising efforts of Osgoode Hall Law School’s South Asian Law Association (SALSA) to recognize the achievements of the Honourable Russell G. Juriansz, the first Canadian of South Asian descent appointed to the Superior Court of Justice in Ontario and the first visible minority appointed to the Ontario Court of Appeal. It will be awarded annually to a JD student who demonstrates financial need.

Terence G. Kawaja MBA/JD Award

This award is presented to a fourth-year MBA/JD student. The recipient must have demonstrated achievement of a minimum 5.0 (B) average in each faculty, participation in a senior leadership role in the MBA/JD Student Association, contribution to the quality of student life, and demonstrates financial need. OSOTF guidelines apply.

Paul H. Klewans Memorial Award

In memory of Paul H. Klewans, an award has been established. The recipient of this award will be a disadvantaged or mature student who has entered the first year of the JD Program.

Edith Knopf Bursary

Paula Knopf ’75 established this bursary to celebrate the life of her mother, Edith Knopf who was the daughter of immigrants who came to Canada with no money and no knowledge of English. Edith became a role model of integrity and dedication to family and the community who took great joy in teaching English to new Canadians. This bursary will be given annually to a JD student whose first language is not English and who demonstrates financial need.

Law Library Bursary

Balfour Halévy served as the Law Librarian from 1967 to 1999. During those years he had the great pleasure of working with a very talented library staff. He has established these bursaries to honour their dedication and to thank them for their tireless efforts to serve the Osgoode community. The bursaries will be awarded to students registered in the JD program at Osgoode Hall Law School who demonstrate financial need. As a portion of the endowment was matched by the Ontario government, some of the expendable income will be limited to Canadian citizens/permanent residents and residents of Ontario. The remainder will be awarded without such restrictions.

The Law Society Education Equity Awards

To encourage diversity and the attainment of equity in legal education and practice, the Law Society of Upper Canada has established the Education Equity Awards, funded by Butterworths Canada Ltd. Each year, two students will be selected from Osgoode Hall Law School to receive these awards. To be eligible a student must be a member of a visible minority group, an Aboriginal person, a person with a disability, or a gay or lesbian student; be enrolled in either the second or third year of the JD Program; and be in good academic standing. The awards will be made primarily on the basis of financial need with due consideration being given to academic achievement and/or devotion and commitment to community and/or university service.

The Law Society Foundation Bursary

The annual income generated from trust funds created by various members of the Law Society of Upper Canada is used to provide bursary assistance for students enrolled in any year of the JD Program who are in financial need.

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.

Lax O’Sullivan Scott LLP Bursary

The founding partners of Lax O’Sullivan Scott donated this bursary to celebrate the first anniversary of their firm. Each partner made a donation to their law school in gratitude for the legal education they received which served as the foundation for their professional careers. Terrence O’Sullivan graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1971 and went on to a successful career in commercial litigation. This bursary will be given annually to a student registered in Osgoode Hall Law School who is a Canadian citizen/permanent resident, Ontario resident and who demonstrates financial need.

The Legal & Literary Society Bursary

The Class of 2009 and the 2008/2009 Legal & Literary Executive established this award as their graduation gift to the Law School. It will be given annually to a JD student who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to Osgoode student life through their participation in clubs, groups or student activities. Recipients must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents, protected persons, Ontario residents, and demonstrate financial need.

Glenys and Nathan Lindenberg Bursary

Glenys and Nathan Lindenberg both graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1976 and have established this bursary in celebration of the 30th anniversary of their graduation. The bursary will be given annually to an Osgoode student/students who wish to take courses or other programmes at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.  Recipients must be Canadian citizens/permanent residents/protected persons/Ontario residents who demonstrate financial need.

Brian Little Award

This award was established in 2002 to honour the memory of Brian Little. Brian was a brilliant student and a tremendous hockey player who led the Osgoode Owls to many big wins. After graduating from Osgoode in 1974, Brian studied at the London School of Economics and received his Master of Laws. Brian began his law career at McMillan Binch and became a partner of the firm. He then became Vice President and General Counsel of Dome Petroleum and later General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of B.P. Canada Energy Company. He was a great and loyal friend whose ever-present sense of humour and his love of life touched many people. This award was funded through the generosity of the friends, family and colleagues of Brian Little and through generous contributions by BP Canada Energy Company, James B. Love. Q.C. and McMillan Binch. It will be given annually to a student in the JD program who has good academic standing and demonstrates financial need. Preference will be given to a student who is involved in the life of Osgoode Hall Law School through extra-curricular activities such as athletics, student government or other endeavors.

JD/MBA Joint Students’ Association Award

The JD/MBA Joint Students’ Association Award was established by the LLB/MBA Class of 1997, as their graduating gift to the Joint Program and, together with the support of the alumni of the Joint Program, is meant to provide financial assistance for students in this Program. The recipients of this award will be entering the fourth year of the JD/MBA Program, demonstrate involvement in the JD/MBA Joint Students’ Association and in other student organizations at Osgoode, Schulich and York University, demonstrate volunteer involvement in the community, and exhibit academic achievement and financial need. The Award will be administered through the existing bursary program at Osgoode, in consultation with Schulich and the directors of the Joint Program. The funds supporting this award were matched by the Ontario Government and accordingly are available only to Ontario residents as defined by the OSOTF guidelines.

F.G. MacKay Bursary

Frederick George (F.G.) MacKay graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1923. He was a respected litigator before being named a judge of the then Supreme Court of Ontario and a member of the Ontario Court of Appeal in 1952. After 20 years of service, he retired in 1972 and passed away in 1992.  This bursary will be given to students in the JD Program at Osgoode Hall Law School who are Canadian citizens, permanent resident or protected persons, residents of Ontario, and who demonstrate financial need. Recipients must have received a minimum grade of B in courses related to criminal and civil litigation.

Mary-Frances Madill Bursary

Established by Dr. Mary Frances Madill (LLB, 1981) to assist students in the JD program who share her passion for social justice. This award will be granted to students who have demonstrated interest in the rights of women, children, the elderly, animals, native peoples or the environment. Recipients must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected persons and residents of Ontario who demonstrate financial need.  Mary Frances Madill entered Osgoode Hall Law School as a mature student after a lengthy career in business, teaching, clinical and research psychology.

Dianne Martin Memorial Bursary

Dianne Martin (1945-2004) graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1976 and was one of a handful of women of her generation to enter the practice of criminal law. Throughout her career she was a passionate defender of the rights of the wrongly convicted and was a tireless advocate for those disadvantaged on account of gender, race, class, or sexual orientation. She joined Osgoode Hall Law School as a member of the faculty in 1989, served as Academic Director of Parkdale Community Legal Services and co-founded the Innocence Project. Her friends and colleagues established this bursary as a tribute to her many contributions to the justice system, the Law School and her students.  This bursary will be given annually to an Osgoode student who is a Canadian citizen/permanent resident, a resident of Ontario and who demonstrates financial need.

Nicola Martin Bursary

Through her position in the Career Development Office at Osgoode, the donor Nicola Martin has the pleasure of working with many outstanding students but she also sees how many struggle financially.  This bursary is given annually to a student in the JD program at Osgoode Hall Law School who has financial need and is a single parent.

Chief Emmanuel Mbulu Family Award

The Chief Emmanuel Mbulu Family Award will be given to a student who is a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or protected person, and resident of Ontario, who demonstrates financial need. Preference will be given to students who are involved in the Nigerian and/or the Nigerian-Canadian communities and/or are fluent in any of the Nigerian languages. Established by Chief Emmanuel Mbulu. As an international student from Nigeria, Chief Emmanuel Mbulu attended York University where he held several part-time jobs throughout his university years to support his overseas education and his family in Nigeria. Today he is successful businessman and widely respected community leader in both Toronto and in Nigeria.  An Osgoode student will be selected in the odd years and an undergraduate student from another faculty will be selected in even years. For information regarding this award Osgoode students should visit the Student Handbook.  All other undergraduate students must fill out the current Student Financial Profile at http://sfs.yorku.ca/services/sfp/ to be considered. In addition applicants will be required to submit a one page statement outlining their involvement in the Nigerian and/or the Nigerian-Canadian communities and/or expressing fluency in Igbo, Yoruba, Hausa or any other Nigerian language.

Robert James McLaughlin Memorial Bursary

The late W. W. McLaughlin, Barrister, Toronto, in his will left a legacy, the income from which is to be used for bursaries to be awarded to students at Osgoode Hall Law School.

Miller Thomson LLP Bursary

The firm of Miller Thomson LLP has established two bursaries to be awarded annually, one to a student entering second year and the other to a student entering third year. The bursaries are awarded to students who have demonstrated overall strength in academics, taking into account extracurricular activities, and who demonstrate financial need.

The Honourable Wallace Nesbitt Memorial Bursary

The income from this fund is to be applied for the improvement of legal education, the encouragement of legal research, or the awarding of bursaries or scholarships to students at Osgoode Hall Law School as a memorial to The Honourable Wallace Nesbitt.

Obiter Dicta Bursary

The Obiter Dicta Bursary was established in the 2002/2003 academic year by the staff of Osgoode’s student newspaper. They felt the profit generated by the paper that year should be invested to assist the Osgoode community. It is their hope that future editors will continue to contribute to the fund so more assistance is available. The bursary will be given annually to a student registered in the JD program at Osgoode Hall Law School and who demonstrates financial need. A portion of the endowment was matched by the Ontario government through the Ontario Opportunity Trust Fund and is therefore restricted to Canadian citizens/permanent residents who are residents of Ontario.

Patricia L. Olasker ’77 Bursary

After graduating from Osgoode, Patricia Olasker went on to become a senior partner at Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP in Capital Markets, Mergers & Acquistitions and Corporate Governance practices. This bursary will be given annually to a JD student who has demonstrated an interest in business law and has financial need.

The Osgoode Centennial Bursary Fund

The Osgoode Centennial Bursary Fund, established through generous donations to the Centennial Campaign 1989-94, provides bursary support for students in the JD Program based on financial need.

The Osgoode Centennial Bursary Fund for Students in Special Programs

This fund, established with donations to the Centennial Campaign 1989-94, provides support for students who need financial assistance in order to participate in intensive programs, exchange programs and other special curricular programs established by Osgoode Hall Law School.

The Osgoode Classic Bursary

The proceeds from the Osgoode alumni golf tournament were used to establish this bursary. It will be awarded annually to a student in the JD program who is a Canadian citizen/permanent, resident/protected person, an Ontario resident, and who has financial need.

Osgoode Hall C.O.T.C. World War Memorial Bursary

Out of the Osgoode Hall C.O.T.C. World War Memorial Fund, one or more bursaries may be awarded to students in either their second or their final year of attendance at the School. As far as practicable, they will be awarded either to those who have been in active service or to their sons or daughters. Within this class, preference will be given to those who at the time of the awards are actively identified with any unit of the armed forces of Canada.

Osgoode Hall Faculty Association (OHFA) Bursary

This bursary was established in 2004 by members of the faculty of Osgoode Hall Law School in order to reduce financial barriers to the Law School and to assist a diverse body of students to obtain a legal education at Osgoode. One or more bursaries may be awarded each year to a student in any year of the JD program who is in financial need. As the funds for this Bursary were matched by the Ontario government through the Ontario Student Opportunity Trust Fund, recipients must be Canadian citizens/permanent residents and residents of Ontario.

Osgoode Hall Faculty Association (OHFA) Bursary (2017)

This Bursary was established in 2017 at the request of the Osgoode Hall Faculty Association with a University contribution of $50,000 to support students with financial need.

The Osgoode Hall Law School Alumni Association Board Bursary

The Board of Directors of the Osgoode Hall Law School Alumni Association is dedicated to advancing the Law School, its alumni, faculty and students. They recognize that the pursuit of excellence is achieved through a partnership between the Law School and its alumni. To that end, the Board has established this bursary to enable talented students to pursue their studies with as few financial pressures as possible. The Award will be given annually to an Osgoode student who has a good academic standing and demonstrates financial need. As a portion of the endowment of this bursary has been matched by the Ontario government, some recipients must be Canadian citizens/permanent residents/protected persons and Ontario residents.

The 1998 Osgoode Hall Law School Ontario Bursary Fund

The Osgoode Hall Law School Ontario Bursary Fund was established in 1998 from the undesignated donations of the alumni of Osgoode Hall Law School. The fund supporting this bursary was matched by the Ontario Government and accordingly the bursary is available only to Ontario residents as defined by the OSOTF guidelines.

Osgoode Students’ Centennial Bursary

As part of the Centennial celebrations at Osgoode Hall Law School, the student body established a bursary fund through an annual $25 contribution from each student, gathered as part of tuition fees. Matching funds were provided by the Centennial Campaign for the first five years. In 1996, the student body resolved to continue the annual donations to this fund on a permanent basis. Income from the fund is used to assist Osgoode JD students in financial need. A portion of the funds have been matched by the Ontario Government and accordingly some bursaries are available only to Ontario residents as defined by the OSOTF guidelines.

Osgoode Students Co-Operative Trust Bursary

When Osgoode Hall Law School moved from its downtown location to the York University campus in 1968, a trust fund was established to hold proceeds generated by student use of the photocopy machines in the old premises. This money was designated for the purpose of providing first year admission awards to deserving Osgoode Hall Law School students. The fund will provide an annual admission bursary. Since the trust grew from the students’ contributions, it is hoped that its co-operative nature will be continued or expanded through the voluntary contributions of recipients and others when in a financial position to make them. It is only through such contributions that the fund will live on.

Murray Bernard Page Q.C. Award

This award will be given to students in the JD Program at Osgoode Hall Law School who are Canadian citizens, permanent resident or protected persons, residents of Ontario, and who demonstrate financial need. Preference given to students with a minimum grade of B in courses related to Insolvency Law and Business Law. Murray Bernard Page Q.C. graduated from Osgoode in 1954 and was awarded the Queen’s Council in 1971. A pioneer in the area of insolvency, Murray took great pride in his practice and mentoring lawyers and trustees in bankruptcy. He practices for over 50 years and was granted a Life Membership in the Law Society of Upper Canada.

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.

Parkdale Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Student Bursary

The Parkdale Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Student Bursary has been established by the friends and alumni of Parkdale Community Legal Services (PCLS) to celebrate the clinic’s 25 years as a pioneer in Canadian legal services and the provision of legal services to the Parkdale community. This fund provides bursaries to the students of Osgoode Hall Law School who came from the Parkdale community and to students from Osgoode Hall Law School who are enrolled and participating on a full-time basis for an academic semester in the Intensive Program in Poverty Law at PCLS. The fund supporting this fund was matched by the Ontario Government and accordingly the bursary is available only to Ontario residents as defined by the OSOTF guidelines.

The Peacock Bursary

Susan J. Peacock was admitted to Osgoode Hall Law School as a mature student and graduated in 1978. She has always been grateful for the opportunity she was given and for the education she received. This bursary is intended to assist students who, like herself, are admitted to Osgoode without the usual post-secondary education. Recipients must demonstrate financial need, be an Ontario resident and a Canadian citizen/permanent resident.

Sidney Peck Award

In 2014, Professor Emeritus Sidney Peck wished to create this Award to make a contribution to the University, the Law School and to legal education. He joined the Osgoode faculty in 1966 and has a particular interest in judicial decision-making and constitutional law. He retired in 1995 and continued to have an ongoing relationship with the Law School. The award is available to students in the second or third year of the JD program or second, third or fourth year of a joint program, who have a minimum cumulative GPA of 7.0 and demonstrate financial need.

Robert Peck Award

The Robert Peck Award was created in honour of Robert D. Peck who graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1970. It will be given annually to a student in the JD program who is a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or protected person, Ontario resident and who demonstrates financial need. The recipient must have experience with or interest in a regulatory authority charged with acting in the public interest. This may be demonstrated through either enrolment or completion of a course in the area of regulatory law, for example, Administrative Law, Securities,  Environmental, etc.

The Honourable Lawrence T. Pennell Bursary

The Honourable Lawrence T. Pennell Bursary will be given annually to a student graduating from the Law School who has an articling position in, or expressed desire to practise in a small town or rural community in Canada. Preference will be given to students with financial need and high debt.

Lawrence Pennell graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1938 and went on to a distinguished career in government and the judiciary. In 1962 he was elected to the Canadian House of Commons as the Liberal Member of Parliament for Brant-Haldimand. He served as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance (1964-1965) then as the Solicitor General of Canada (1965). He left politics in 1968 and was appointed to the Supreme Court of Ontario where he served until 1985. This award was created by his daughter Kerry Pennell as a tribute to her father, his many contributions to the Canadian justice system and his love of small town Canada.

Peter G. Picherack Memorial Bursary

Through the generosity of the Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited, a fund has been established to provide two annual bursaries in memory of the late Peter G. Picherack, Osgoode Hall Law School Class of 1975. The bursaries representing the annual income of the fund will be awarded to two students in financial need in any year of the JD Program.

Gerald J. Pickering Memorial Bursary

Through the generosity of his friends at McMaster University and Osgoode Hall Law School, a fund has been established to provide an annual bursary in memory of the late Gerald J. Pickering, Osgoode Hall Law School Class of 1962. The bursary, representing the annual income of the fund, will be awarded to a student in any year of the JD Program with preference being given to a student who has attended McMaster University.

Professor Marilyn L. Pilkington Bursary

Osgoode Hall Law School established this bursary on the occasion of Marilyn Pilkington’s retirement from the Law School (1980-2013) in recognition of her leadership as Dean (1993-1998). It will be given annually to a student in the JD program with financial need. The bursary is funded through Osgoode’s Accessibility Fund, and will be awarded in the years where there are funds from this source available.

Navi Pillay Award

The Navi Pillay Award will be given to a JD student(s) who will participate in experiential education in the area of international and transnational law, including Osgoode’s International and Transnational Law Intensive Program, as well as other international human rights programs.

Navanethem ‘Navi’ is a South African jurist who served as the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights from 2008 to 2014. In 2016, she was invited to Osgoode Hall Law School to deliver York University’s N. Silvalingam Memorial Lecture in Tamil Studies. On this occasion, members of the Tamil community raised
funds to endow this award in recognition of her remarkable career.

John Plater ’96 Memorial Bursary

A hemophiliac who was co-infected with HIV and Hepatitis C through blood products in the early 1980’s, John Plater used his tremendous skills to make the world a better place. He was a passionate advocate who, among other important accomplishments, helped to lead the call for the Krever Inquiry, which resulted in the overhaul of the blood system. This bursary is a tribute to him and is an effort to carry on his legacy. It will be given to a JD student who has financial need and has demonstrated a commitment to advocacy and social justice. Preference will be given to someone committed to advocating for health law issues, particularly HIV and Hepatitis C.

Richard W.J. Posluns Memorial Bursary

In memory of their partner, Richard W.J. Posluns, Osgoode Hall Law School, LLM 1977, the firm of Goodman and Carr LLP has established an annual bursary to be awarded to a deserving student in the JD Program at Osgoode Hall Law School.

Jack Lloyd Richmond Bursary

A bursary has been established by his family in honour of the late Jack Lloyd Richmond, a student at Osgoode Hall Law School at the time of his death in January 1975. The bursary consists of the income from a fund and may be awarded each year to a student entering the first year of Osgoode Hall Law School by application on the basis of financial need.

University Women’s Club of North York – Lee Robertson Memorial Award (Osgoode Hall)

The University Women’s Club of North York – Lee Robertson Memorial Award (Osgoode Hall) will be given annually to an Osgoode student who demonstrates financial need, is a Canadian citizen, maintains academic achievement (a minimum GPA of 6.0) and shows evidence of participation within the University (extra-curricular activities) and/or the community at-large. The University Women’s Club of North York, with the support of her family, has established this Award in the memory of their dear friend, Lee Robertson. Lee graduated from the University Law School in 1948. Although she did not practice law, she often helped the Club with her skills and knowledge.

Ronald J. Rolls ’58 Q.C. Bursary

Ronald J. Rolls BA, LLB, QC, LSM, practised civil litigation at Fasken Martineu for over 40 years. He co-authored a number of books on civil procedure including “The Law of Civil Procedure and The Conduct of an Action.” This bursary was established by his family to honor his many contributions to the legal profession. It will be given annually to a student in the JD program at Osgoode Hall Law School who is in financial need and in their final year of study.

Liane Beth Rosenbaum Bursary

A fund has been established by the family, friends and colleagues of Liane Beth Rosenbaum, a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School ’83, in memory of her distinguished contributions to real estate law. Ms Rosenbaum practiced with McMillan Binch in Toronto and later served as Director and Assistant City Solicitor with the Real Estate and Commercial Division of the City of Toronto Legal Department. The annual income from this fund will be awarded as a bursary to a student in financial need who has demonstrated proficiency in the study of real estate law and related areas.

Justice Marc Rosenberg ’74 Bursary

The Justice Marc Rosenberg ’74 Bursary will be given annually to up to two students in the JD program who have financial need and have demonstrated a commitment to social justice.  Marc Rosenberg was a gifted student who went on to become one of Canada’s finest criminal appellate lawyers. He was appointed Ontario’s Assistant Deputy Attorney General for Civil Law in 1994 and shortly thereafter appointed directly to the Ontario Court of Appeal. He was a humble man, unfailingly kind and generous to all he encountered. This bursary was established by his friends and family as a tribute to career, humanity and his passion for justice.

Don Ross ’79 Memorial Bursary

Don Ross loved being a lawyer. A partner at Gowlings, he approached legal problems from a practical perspective, partially an outgrowth of his years before law school, when he undertook various adventures, from living in the Canary Islands to driving a cement mixer to pay tuition. His passion for law and litigation was equal to his integrity, commitment and professionalism. Don’s life mantra was ‘strive to be the best that you can be.’  This award is given in his memory to a JD student who has demonstrated an interest in litigation and has financial need.

Victor M. Saccucci Bursary

Victor M. Saccucci graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1969. He practiced law for many years before moving into a successful career in real estate development. He was always grateful for his law degree and the opportunities it opened up for him. He endowed this bursary to give current Osgoode students the same chance for success. The bursary will be given annually to a student who is in the final year of study in the JD program and has demonstrated an interest in pursuing graduate work in law. Recipients must have financial need, be a Canadian citizen/permanent resident and a resident of Ontario.

The Samiian Family Award

In 2009, Ali Samiian (LLB, 2001) established this award to acknowledge the support he received from his family and to help an Osgoode student as he was helped while at Law School. It will be awarded to a student in the JD program who has contributed to the Osgoode community and who demonstrates financial need. The recipient must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or protected person and be a resident of Ontario.

Sandler Gordon Bursary Fund

This bursary fund was established in honour of the memories of Lillian Sandler (1908-93) and Sandy Gordon (1914-92) by their families and friends. Lillian Sandler ’31, established a successful practice in real estate and family law despite the Depression and an inhospitable climate for women and Jews in the profession. Her husband Sandy Gordon ’56, graduated under the DVA program for World War II veterans and joined his wife’s firm, practicing litigation law. They practiced together as Sandler, Gordon et al for 25 years. Their generosity and concern for others is reflected in this bursary fund which provides for one or more bursaries annually, in varying amounts, to entering or continuing students at Osgoode Hall Law School who demonstrate financial need and good academic performance.

The Jack A. Seed, Q.C. Award

A graduate of Osgoode in 1946, Jack Seed established this award to assist students who demonstrate outstanding leadership ability. Up to two awards are available annually. To be eligible, the recipients must be enrolled in the JD program, demonstrate financial need, and participate in Osgoode extracurricular activities. The funds for this award were matched by the Ontario Government and accordingly are available only to Canadian citizens/permanent residents who reside in Ontario.

Gertrude and David Sher Bursary Fund

To commemorate the golden wedding anniversary of Mrs. Gertrude Sher and Mr. David Sher, Osgoode Hall Law School Class of 1929, their daughter and her family have established a bursary fund at Osgoode Hall Law School. Bursaries will be awarded to needy students in the JD Program. The funds supporting the bursaries were matched by the Ontario Government and accordingly are available only to Ontario residents as defined by the OSOTF guidelines.

Nadia Shevchuk-Mancini Bursary

Nadia Shevchuk-Mancini ’06 was an inspiration. Not only for her accomplishments in education, business and the law, but for the intelligent, passionate and courageous way she lived her life. When she came to Osgoode, she had earned two degrees, had a successful career in banking and had been battling cancer for six years. Although she was undergoing aggressive chemotherapy, she excelled in her legal studies, founded the Osgoode Class Actions Society and went on exchange to England.  It was her hope that this award would help future Osgoode students to achieve their full potential.  This Bursary will be given annually to a JD student who has faced adversity in their life. Recipients must be Canadian citizens/permanent residents/protected persons, residents of Ontario and demonstrate financial need.

David A.L. Smout Memorial Bursary Fund

Friends and former colleagues of David Smout, who died in 1987, generously established this fund in memory of a widely admired teacher at Osgoode Hall Law School in the years 1949-1952, who was held in great affection by students and colleagues. The fund provides one or more bursaries to students enrolled in any year of the JD Program who are in financial need.

Joseph D. Sorbara Bursary in Italian Law

The Joseph D. Sorbara Bursary has been established through the generosity of Joseph D. Sorbara, Osgoode Class of 1968, and a member of the York University Board of Governors. The intent of this bursary is to assist students in the JD program that are participating in international work or study programs for academic credit with their travel costs and living arrangements. These programs shall include, but not be limited to, international exchanges, placements and mooting competitions. Preference will be given to students visiting Italy. Recipients must demonstrate financial need. The funds supporting this bursary were matched by the Ontario Government and accordingly are available only to Canadian citizens/permanent residents and Ontario residents as defined by the OSOTF.

The Honourable Paul I. B. and Mrs. Tevis Staniszewski Award

This award has been established through the generosity of The Honourable Paul I.B. and Mrs. Tevis Staniszewski. A graduate of Osgoode in 1954, the Honourable Paul I.B. Staniszewski practiced law for 13 years before he was appointed a Federal Canadian Judge in 1967. Up to two awards are available annually to JD students who demonstrate financial need and academic achievement (B average or higher). One of the two awards will be given to an Osgoode student who has enrolled in a course in ethics. The funds supporting this bursary were matched by the Ontario Government and accordingly are available only to Ontario residents as defined by the OSOTF guidelines.

The Student Research Foundation Bursary

The Student Research Foundation of Osgoode Hall law School has established a bursary, funded by monies earned for legal research projects completed by members of the Foundation. The income from this fund will be used to provide bursaries for Osgoode students in financial need.

Louella M. Sturdy Bursary

In celebration of Osgoode’s Centenary and to honour Louella M. Sturdy on the occasion of her retirement in 1991, the staff, students and faculty of Osgoode Hall Law School established a bursary in appreciation of Miss Sturdy’s forty-three years of service to the Law School. As Registrar since 1957, Miss Sturdy faithfully and selflessly dedicated herself to the School. The income from this fund will be awarded to law students annually on the basis of financial need.

 

B. James Thomson ’31 Bursary

B. James Thomson had a long and distinguished career in the legal profession first as a lawyer then, while a Lieutenant during World War II, as a Legal Officer with the Assistant Judge Advocate General’s Branch and finally as a founding member of Haines, Thomson & Rogers (later Thomson Rogers). He died in 1970 while arguing a case in the Court of Appeal for Ontario. This bursary will be given annually to a student in the JD program who is in good academic standing and has financial need.  Preference will be given to a student who has demonstrated a commitment in working in an underserved community.

Torys LLP Mooting Bursary

Torys LLP generously donated the funds, matched by the Ontario government, to endow this bursary. Torys is a leader in advocacy and dispute resolution and is pleased to assist Osgoode students who have demonstrated an interest in this area of practice through their participation in mooting. The bursary is available to Canadian citizens/permanent residents who are residents of Ontario and have demonstrated financial need. Applicants must have been selected to represent Osgoode in a competitive moot in the school year in which the bursary is paid.

Bonnie Tough ’76 Bursary

The bursary will be given annually to a JD student who is a Canadian citizen/ Permanent Resident/Protected Person, an Ontario Resident, and who has financial  need.  In her 30-year career as a litigatior, Bonnie Tough developed a reputation for being brilliant, independent, compassionate, wise and collegial.  She continued to serve Osgoode teaching as an Adjunct Faculty and as a member of the Alumni Board.  This bursary was created in her memory by her classmates, friends, and colleagues.

Walter M. Traub Bursary

Walter Traub graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School with an LLB in 1971 and a LLM in 1997. In celebration of his 60th birthday and to honour his many professional achievements, his friends and family established this bursary. It will be given annually to a student in the JD program who is a Canadian citizen/permanent resident/protected person, an Ontario resident, and who demonstrates financial need.

The Verrico Family Bursary

Professor Janet Walker (LLB ’93) donated her stipend as Associate Dean 2003-2005 to establish a bursary in honour of the members of her family who provided her with support and encouragement throughout her education. This bursary will be given annually to an Osgoode student who demonstrates financial need, is an Ontario resident and a Canadian citizen/permanent resident. Preference will be given to a student who is a member of a mooting team and who requires assistance to travel to a competition.

The Art Vertlieb, Q.C. Award

Art Vertlieb graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1972 and went on to a distinguished career as a trial lawyer in British Columbia. He has demonstrated a tremendous commitment to both the legal profession and Osgoode Hall Law School. He has been awarded numerous distinctions including past President of the Law Society of British Columbia and was selected as a recipient of the Alumni Gold Key Award in 2002. He has generously donated this award to assist an individual who has the ability and commitment for a career in law but lacks financial resources. The award will be given to assist a student from British Columbia who has demonstrated leadership through extra-cirricular activities, has financial need and good academic standing.

Friends of the Vis Moot Bursary

In 2003 the Osgoode Hall Law School Vis Moot Team became the first Canadian team to win the Moot in its 11-year history.  This bursary was established in honour of this important event.  It will be given to students who are participating in a moot, with preference given to those in the Vis Moot.  Recipients must be Canadian citizens/permanent residents or protected persons, Ontario residents and demonstrate financial need.

Glen T. Wakabayashi Memorial Fund

This Fund has been established by classmates and friends in memory of Glen Wakabayashi, Osgoode Hall Law School Class of 1975. The bursary will be awarded to a student entering third year at Osgoode Hall Law School on the basis of both academic and personal qualifications.

Albert Weisbrot, Q.C. Bursary

A first generation Canadian, Al loved the law as a student and as Counsel. He excelled at Osgoode Hall, graduating in 1959, a member of Dean Smalley-Baker’s ‘York Volunteers’. Specializing in Family Law, the Judiciary knew Al as a compassionate advocate. This bursary has been established to assist a JD student in financial need.

Willoughby Family Bursary

The Willoughby Family Bursary was established by Jim and Karen Willoughby in gratitude for the support of their families and to acknowledge the meaningful connection of both Osgoode Hall Law School and York University to their lives. The bursary will be given to a JD student in financial need with preference given to a mature student.

The Honorable Warren K. Winkler Award

On the occasion of his 60th birthday, friends in the legal profession of The Honorable Warren K. Winkler have generously donated funds to establish The Honourable Warren K. Winkler Award. One award will be made available annually to a student enrolled in the JD program who demonstrates academic achievement (B average or higher) and financial need. To be eligible, the recipient must be enrolled in a labour law course at Osgoode. The fund was matched by the Ontario Government and accordingly the bursary is available only to Ontario residents as defined by the OSOTF guidelines.

David Anthony Ward ’58 Bursary

This bursary will be given to a student(s) in the JD program who is a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or protected person and is an Ontario resident who demonstrates financial need.  This bursary was established in memory of David A. Ward ’58, a founder of Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP, a pre-eminent tax lawyer and a highly respected legal scholar. David believed strongly in the importance and value of higher education and providing financial assistance to enable students to continue pursuing their studies.

David R. Wolfish Memorial Bursary Fund

The David R. Wolfish Memorial Bursary Fund has been established by his many friends and his partners at Harris, Sheaffer, the firm which he founded with his partners in 1992. The Fund was created in lasting memory of David Wolfish as a tribute to a valued and respected friend, colleague and partner. David Wolfish graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1983 and thereafter was instrumental in the development of the business of film and television financing in Canada and the legal services relating thereto. A bursary will be awarded annually to a student entering the second or third year of the JD Program who is in need of financial aid and who has expressed an interest in entertainment and sports law. The funds supporting this bursary were matched by the Ontario Government and accordingly are available only to Ontario Residents as defined by OSOTF guidelines.

James D. Young Q.C. Memorial Bursary

This bursary was established in memory of James D. Young, Q.C. (LLB ’69) by his sons, Harley and Michael, and his daughter Erica (LLB ’00). After graduation from Osgoode, Jim returned to Thunder Bay, Ontario where he practiced as a barrister for over 25 years. He delighted in representing the “underdog” and is remembered by family, friends and colleagues for his unique combination of fearlessness, generosity, intellect, charm, wit and compassion.  This bursary will be awarded annually to a student entering the first year of the JD program who demonstrates financial need. Preference will be given first to a student from Northwestern Ontario and then to a student from out of province.

YUFA Foundation Bursary Fund

The YUFA Foundation has established a sizable endowment that is used for undergraduate bursaries.

Frederick H. Zemans Bursary

This bursary has been established by the friends and family of Professor Frederick H. Zemans to honour his retirement from Osgoode Hall Law School. Fred was the founding Director of the Parkdale Community Legal Services in Toronto and the first academic director of Osgoode’s Intensive Program in Poverty Law. The bursary is presented annually to a student in the Intensive Program in Poverty Law at Parkdale Community Legal Services who demonstrates financial need, is an Ontario resident and a Canadian citizen/permanent resident.