Student Awards & Prizes
The Dalhousie Law Journal supports student excellence in legal research and writing through faculty nominated prizes and awards. The Dalhousie Law Journal recognizes scholastic achievement and hopes to encourage students to do additional research and writing for publication.
JSD Tory Writing Award
- About the JSD Tory Writing Award
- Past Recipients Race and the Law Essay Prize
- About the Race and the Law Essay Prize
- Past Recipients
About the JSD Tory Writing Award
The JSD Tory Fund was established at The University of Toronto Law School in 1975 in memory of the late JSD Tory by Virginia Denton and James and John Tory, his daughter and sons, together with an annual gift of the law firm of Tory, Tory, DesLauriers & Binnington. The JSD Tory Research and Writing award was extended to several other law schools, including Dalhousie, in 1983.
The purposes of the award are to reward legal research and writing excellence, encourage legal scholarship, and provide recipients with the financial support to do additional research and writing on an outstanding piece of written work. The award is $2,000, which is allocated at the discretion of the editorial board. It may be given as one singular prize or broken into separate smaller prizes.
For a student (or students) to be granted the award, they must have demonstrated outstanding research and writing ability and the paper must be of publishable or potentially publishable quality.
All full-time students registered for a degree from the law school are eligible to apply. Additionally, faculty members in paper courses recommend papers for consideration. The prize is normally awarded in May. The winning paper may be published in the Dalhousie Law Journal. It is not normally subject to peer review.
|1988/89||Michael Weinczok; Leann Todd; Jody Forsyth; Michael Braden; Sarah Harding|
|1989/90||Hugh MacAulay, Pamela Muir, R. Stephen Baldwin|
|1990/91||John Krowina; Chris Tennant|
|1991/92||Michael Artisimo, Michael Cozens, Ryerson Symons|
|1994/95||Shannon Adlinger; Sean McDowell; William MacLean|
|1995/96||Aymen Nader; Vincent Paris; Robert Percival|
|1996/97||Raymond MacCallum / Rob Omura|
|2004/05||Mark Heerema; Scott Gordon|
|2007/08||Daniel Watt, Amy Moen|
|2009/10||Brian Wilson; Nicole McKenna; Matthew Kutcher|
|2012/13||William Green; David Shore|
|2015/16||Justin Abrioux; Elizabeth Legge|
|2016/17||Rosy Thompson; William Hooper|
|2017/18||D'Arcy Leitch; John MacCormick|
|2021/22||Haneen Al-Noman; Charlotte Connolly; Isis Hatte|
About the Race and the Law Essay Prize
The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society (NSBS) Race and the Law Essay Prize was established by the NSBS Racial Equity Committee in 2008. The award recognizes and encourages outstanding scholarship by Schulich School of Law students, on topics pertaining specifically to issues of race and law. The goal of the Race and the Law Essay Prize is to foster and cultivate a discursive space, to promote and discuss race scholarship, and to encourage writing, reflection and theorization on race related issues. The Racial Equity Committee of the NSBS presents the $500 award, which is sponsored by Stewart McKelvey. The award is allocated at the discretion of the Race and the Law Essay Prize Committee.
For an individual to be granted the award, they must have demonstrated outstanding research and writing ability and the paper must be of publishable or potentially publishable quality. Applicants must be currently or previously enrolled in the JD program at the Schulich School of Law. The essay must have been written in the past 24 months for that program.
The prize is normally awarded in May. The winning paper is made available on the NSBS website and may be published in the Dalhousie Law Journal. It is not normally subject to peer review.
|2016/17||Rosalea Thompson||“Remembering as Solidarity with the Past: Legal Mechanisms for Protecting African Nova Scotian Sacred Places”|
|2017/18||D’Arcy Leitch||“The Constitutionality of Classification: Aboriginal Overrepresentation and Security Policy in Canadian Federal Penitentiaries”|
|2018/19||Julianne Stevenson||“Challenging Whiteness: The Role for Law Societies and Critical Race Theory in Addressing Unrepresentative Juries in Canada”|
|2019/20||Mukisa Kakembo||“Name it, Then Change it: Addressing Anti-Black Racism in the Canadian Criminal Justice System”|
|2020/21||Ziad Lawen||“Land Property Tax Moratorium: The Cessation of Property Loss to Tax Sales”|
|2020/21||Maeve McCabe||“Black Femininity and the Erasure of African Nova Scotian Women and their Victimhood in Our Criminal Justice System”|
If you have questions about the awards and prizes that the Dalhousie Law Journal supports and publishes, please contact the editors.