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the Margins of Trans Legal Change”. In addition, he is the recipient of a
$17,000 grant from the BC Legal Research Fund, administered by the Law
Foundation of BC, for research on “Navigating Non-Profit and Charity Law:
Charting the Regulatory Landscape”.
Associate Professor Ruby Dhand was also a successful applicant for a
$17,000 grant from the BC Legal Research Fund. The funded project concentrates
on “Creating a Mental Health Court in Kamloops”. While led by Dr.
Dhand, this project also includes bencher Michelle D. Stanford, Q.C., and
Dr. Sunette Lessing, who is a forensic psychiatrist at the King Street Kamloops
Mental Health and Substance Use Centre of the Interior Health
Authority. This grant is enabling the team to supervise legal research being
conducted by TRU Law students and Dr. Dhand to initiate qualitative
research through interviewing key actors involved in existing mental health
courts in Ontario, as well as several community courts operating in B.C.
that have undertaken some adaptations to address the needs of those with
mental health disabilities and addictions appearing in court. This is the first
part of a broader research project that will seek to identify best practices, as
well as the key challenges, for the successful operation of mental health
courts that are functioning in many countries, as well as other parts of
Canada. The goal is to establish the first mental health court in B.C. here in
Kamloops as a pilot project that, it is hoped, will prove to be of such value
so as to be replicated elsewhere in the province.
Assistant Professor Charis Kamphuis was invited to deliver a paper at the
three-day “Tools of Consent and Conflict? How Mining Law and Institutional
Practices Shape Indigenous Community Consultations” workshop
hosted by the University of Helsinki in Finland in May. Her trip is funded
by the Joint Committee for Nordic Research Councils in the Humanities
and Social Sciences, and the Nordic research project “Sustainability Challenges
of Mining in the Nordic Countries”, funded by the Peter Wallenberg
Foundation for Economics and Technology.
Our winter awards event recognized 43 outstanding recipients of dean’s
course prizes, named course prizes and a range of scholarships and bursaries.
A total of $29,900 was distributed, including the new Gervin Metis
Award for Distinguished Advocacy and Leadership created through a generous
donation by criminal lawyer Mark Gervin. I wish to thank all of the
donors that made these scholarships, bursaries and awards possible. I especially
want to thank the Law Foundation of BC for funding four Public Interest
Awards of $5,000 each to students selected by our Scholarships and