October 7, 2015
Professors Emeriti Susan Boyd and Claire Young have recently gifted $20,000 to the Centre for Feminist Legal Studies at the Allard School of Law.
“We had two main goals in mind when we made this donation,” explained Professor Emerita Boyd. “First, we wanted to contribute to the wonderful initiatives that the Centre is currently pursuing and allow those initiatives to blossom, Secondly, we want to challenge everyone who has an interest in feminist legal issues to also consider making a donation, however large or small.”
The Centre is made up of a dynamic and collaborative community of students, scholars and faculty whose mandate is to ensure that feminist and social justice issues remain visible at the law school. Initiatives managed by the Centre include a feminist mentorship program for students, a weekly lecture series, the annual Marlee Kline Lecture in Social Justice, student awards, workshops and research projects.
Feminist scholarship has thrived since the Centre first opened, with faculty members undertaking feminist research and advocacy in diverse areas of law such as constitutional, immigration, family and criminal.
“We are so pleased that the Centre’s mandate takes it well beyond the law school and into the community. It has provided a basis for collaboration with several feminist community groups and initiatives that have led to workshops and publications on issues that are important to these nonprofit groups.”
During their tenures at the Allard School of Law, both Boyd and Young were prominent members of the Centre, and sources of inspiration and support for many of the law school’s feminist students and legal scholars. Professor Emerita Boyd was instrumental in the creation of the Centre in 1997 and served as the Centre’s Founding Director until 2012. She also served as the inaugural holder of the endowed research Chair in Feminist Legal Studies (the first of its kind in Canada) from 1992 to 2015. Her research was most recently honoured by her election to the Royal Society of Canada. Professor Emerita Young was involved in many of the Centre’s funded research projects and has received numerous accolades including the Thérèse F. Casgrain Fellowship for research on the social and economic interests of women.
Like many social justice groups, the Centre relies on dedicated and passionate volunteers to undertake its programming and research activities. As the Centre continues to grow and build momentum both within the Allard School of Law and in the community, the need for external support has become critical to ensure its continued success.
“We hope that others might be inspired to donate and to keep a feminist approach to law alive well into the future,” said Professor Emerita Young. “Overall, we hope that the Centre continues to be a venue where feminist debate can thrive and where projects that reflect a strong ethic of equality and social justice are supported and can make an impact.”
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