Isabel Grant, a UBC law professor and criminal law scholar, took home the Canadian Bar Association BC Branch’s Georges A. Goyer, QC Memorial Award for Distinguished Service at the Bench and Bar dinner earlier this month. You can read Professor Grant’s acceptance speech here.
From UBC’s announcement:
“Professor Grant is one of Canada’s leading criminal law scholars. She has made significant contributions to the areas ranging from sexual assault, to homicide, to the legal approach to nondisclosure of HIV infection. Professor Grant’s publication record includes substantial articles leading Canadian and international journals. Her work has been acknowledged and cited by academics, advocates and the courts.
Professor Grant has also contributed to the development of criminal law in Canada through mentoring students and colleagues. Professor Grant is a well-regarded and committed teacher at the Faculty of Law. Professor Grant’s inspiring combination of high standards and genuine concern for her students make her a model colleague and collaborator who is known for both her wisdom and generosity. She is a pioneer in an area of increasing importance in education, leading the law school in developing flexible learning opportunities. She has also been a long time supervisor of the Gale Moot and has worked closely with over 100 moot students throughout her career.
Professor Grant has been involved in advocacy since the beginning of her career. Through her work with organizations like the Woman’s Legal Education and Action Fund, the HIV-AIDS Legal Network and the Canadian Association for Community Living, she has been involved in numerous Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Canada interventions. Her work as a patient representative, and then a Chair, of the BC Mental Health Act Review Panel contributed to the development of mental health law in this province.”
The Georges Goyer Award recognizes a British Columbian’s exceptional contributions to the legal profession in BC, jurisprudence in BC or Canada, the law in BC, or a significant law-related benefit to the residents of BC.