Awards

The nomination period for the LSS awards takes place for a week in March of each year, during this period nominate your peers using this form.

The Terry J. Wuester Award: Is presented every year to a member of the faculty who has exhibited a commitment to student learning and development both inside and outside the classroom, as determined by a vote of the graduating class.

  • 2019: Elizabeth Adjin-Tettey
  • 2018: Michael Litchfield
  • 2017: Michelle Lawrence
  • 2016: Michelle Lawrence
  • 2015: Gillian Calder
  • 2014: Hamar Foster
  • 2013: Gillian Calder
  • 2012: Glen Gallins

The John McLaren Award: Is presented every year to a member of the staff who has demonstrated an exceptional commitment to students and student initiatives within the law school, as determined by a vote of the graduating class.

  • 2019: Jordan Forbes
  • 2018: Cheryl Lawrence
  • 2017: Jordan Forbes
  • 2016: Jordan Forbes
  • 2015: Yvonne Lawson
  • 2014: Yvonne Lawson
  • 2013: Karen Crawford
  • 2012: Yvonne Lawson

First Year Class Teaching Award: Is presented annually to a professor who, in the opinion of the 1L class, has made a special contribution to legal education through effective and engaging classroom teaching and a demonstrated commitment to assisting and supporting the academic work of first year students.

  • 2019: Sarah Morales
  • 2018: Asad Kiyani
  • 2017: Pooja Parmar
  • 2016: Carol Liao
  • 2015: Andrew Newcombe
  • 2014: Ryan Alford
  • 2013: Jamie Cassels
  • 2012: Gillian Calder & Gerry Ferguson

Adjunct Professor Award: Presented each year to the adjunct professor who has contributed the most to the students of UVic Law. Adjunct professors play an important role in bridging the gap between legal education and practice by providing the benefit of their hands on experience to students in a classroom format.

  • 2019: Joel and Jeff Oliphant
  • 2018: Paul Pearson

Diana Priestly Award: Given to a third year student who has demonstrated outstanding service to the Faculty of Law over their entire law school career.

  • 2019: Debbie Preston
  • 2018: Ian Gauthier
  • 2017: Janessa Mason
  • 2016: Sandy Town
  • 2015: John Bullock
  • 2014: Yianni Pappas-Acreman
  • 2013: Rebecca Cynader
  • 2012: Miriam Isman

F. Murray Fraser Award: This award is presented to a third year student who has made an outstanding contribution to life at the law school during their final year.

  • 2019: Caroline Grady
  • 2018: William McClary
  • 2017: Radu Popescu
  • 2016: Ivelina Ivanova
  • 2015: Michael Williams
  • 2014: Carlie Cromlish
  • 2013: Julie DeWolf
  • 2012: Meaghan McWhinnie

Bronze Tie Award: Given to a student who has fostered, maintained and strengthened ties between the law school and the legal community.  The award is presented to the student who has best promoted “ties” between the law school and the community.

  • 2019: Brian Reigh
  • 2018: Debbie Preston, Veronica Martisius, & Sheyenne Spence
  • 2017: Dan Blumenkrans & Bronwen Black
  • 2016: Maggie House
  • 2015: Noah Ross
  • 2014: Hanna Davis & James Bagan
  • 2013: Stuart McAlister
  • 2012: Emily Dixon

The Josef Zagrodney Award: This award is presented annually to a student that fosters genuine friendships and exemplifies an enthusiasm for learning in all aspects of life.

  • 2019: Jeeti Bhupal and Linette Lubke

Unsung Hero: This award is presented to a student or students who has/have worked tirelessly to better the law school community.

  • 2019: Julia Genovese
  • 2018: Zach Burrill & Kendra Marks
  • 2017: Clay Gray
  • 2016: Andie Britton-Foster
  • 2015: Erin Gray & Renata Colewell
  • 2014: Glynnis Morgan
  • 2013: Carlie Cromlish & Michael Gerstein
  • 2012: Ainsley MacCallum & Amber Hieb

Keanu Reeves Award: This award is presented to the most inspired dramatic or comedic performance.  Given to a specific performance at an LSS event.

  • 2019: Kristen Lewis
  • 2018: Francesca Hannan
  • 2017: Kelly LeVann
  • 2016: Janessa Mason
  • 2015: Joe Mooney
  • 2014: ‘Library Love’
  • 2013: Julie DeWolf, Cassidy Thomson & Alix Stoicheff
  • 2012: Sam Jaworsky, Stefan Whitman & Taylor Buckley

Hall of Pain Award: This award is presented to the student who has shown the most “personal sacrifice” in UVic Law’s pursuit of athletic excellence.

  • 2019: Sebastian Maturana
  • 2018: Emily Pitre
  • 2017: Connor Wear & Emily Dyck
  • 2016: Simon Pinsky
  • 2015: Bryn Green
  • 2014: Franco Silletta
  • 2013: Mike Rawluk
  • 2012: Burke Vindevoghel

Leonardo Da Vinci Award: This award is presented to the club executive that ran the most creative, innovative, successful event of the year.  The award is presented to the executive of the club as a whole.

  • 2019: Indigenous Legal Perspectives Committee
  • 2018: ILSA
  • 2017: Women in Law Panel & Trivia Nights (Radu Popescu)
  • 2016: Trivia Nights (Radu Popescu)
  • 2015: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Panel Organizers
  • 2014: Community Conference Committee
  • 2013: Community Conference Committee
  • 2012: Community Conference Committee

Roadhouse Award: This award is presented to the host/ess or household who had the best party of the year.

  • 2019: Emily Amirkhani and Makaela Peters
  • 2018: Robyn Finley/RonRon/Cabins
  • 2017: Bay St Armoury
  • 2016: Foul Bay House
  • 2015: Steve Whibbs
  • 2014: Dan Jackson & Jason Newton
  • 2013: Cadboro Bay House
  • 2012: Fernwood House

Newbies Award: This award is presented to a first-year student who has made an outstanding contribution to the law school for the benefit of other first-year students.

  • 2019: Maddie Lusk
  • 2018: Sarah Robinson
  • 2017: Debbie Preston
  • 2016: Ian Gauthier
  • 2015: Niles Bond & Janessa Mason
  • 2014: Jason Newton
  • 2013: John Bullock
  • 2012: Megan Seiling & Jamie Myrah

Best Law Buddy Award: This award is presented to an upper-year student who has been an exceptional supporter of current first-year student(s).

  • 2019: Farzad Balandari
  • 2018: Grace Campell
  • 2017: James Henry
  • 2016: Erika Decker
  • 2015: Billy Alvaro
  • 2014: Tamara Navaratnam & Hanna Davis
  • 2013: Siddharth Akali & Parm Lalli
  • 2012: Kelly Farish

#uvicdifference Award: This award is presented to a student that exemplified the UVic difference this year in all its shapes and forms.

  • 2019: Emily Beggs, Craig McCue and Rigel Tessmann
  • 2018: Keenan Miller
  • 2017: Sarah Chaster

Scales of Justice Award: This award is presented to the student who best demonstrated a balanced approach to a legal education.

  • 2019: Sheyenne Spence and Matt Stuckenberg
  • 2018: Kayla Cheeke
  • 2017: William McClary

Res Gestae Award: This award is presented to the student who made the best post on social media this year and contributed to the hilarity of law school in a positive way.

  • 2019: Olivia Nicolaides’ Memes
  • 2018: #chickengate
  • 2017: Enrique Montes