Category Archives: Contest

Recognizing the struggle: IFLS Graduating Student Award 2015

IFLS is delighted to invite nominations for our graduating student award.   These are due FRIDAY MAY 1 2015 by noon.

There is no application form. Your application or nomination should be sent by email to Student Financial Services ( and should include the following a cover letter that clearly identifies that you are nominating someone for this award and makes your case to the Student Awards Committee as to why you believe  your colleague is an excellent candidate for the award; and (if possible)  a detailed resume.
Make sure you look at the criteria for this award, especially: Since this Award is intended to recognize Osgoode students who have made important contributions, but have not otherwise been recognized, recipients of other graduation awards such as the Dean’s Gold Key, are not eligible.”  

IFLS Graduating Student VANGUARD award

Presented annually to a graduating student who has shown bravery and intelligence in bringing attention to issues of importance for feminism(s), including but not limited to gender, poverty, sexuality, sexual orientation, violence against women, racism, Indigeneity, and equality. The Award winner will have displayed leadership qualities including the ability and willingness to engage in critical &/or constructive difficult conversations.

Up to two awards will be offered in any given year. Recipients will be profiled on the IFLS website and will receive a small financial award.

Since this Award is intended to recognize Osgoode students who have made important contributions, but have not otherwise been recognized, recipients of other graduation awards such as the Dean’s Gold Key, are not eligible.

Nominations of graduating Osgoode students are welcome from Faculty, students and staff.  Self-nominations are also welcome. The Director of the IFLS and three IFLS members will review the nominations and select recipient(s).

Nominations should not exceed 750 words in describing how the candidate meets the purpose of the award as described above. A list of names of all those supporting the nomination and their relationship to Osgoode (student/class year, staff, faculty, other) should be provided with the nomination.

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Nominations are due to

Inaugural IFLS Vanguard Award Winner:  Kisha Munroe (class of 2014)

Post Berks Book Bounty – A Giveaway – enter now

Following the IFLS co-sponsored roundtable at the Berkshire Conference on Women’s History, (click here for details – it was a great panel), the IFLS has a set of books to give away thanks to the generosity of UBC Press, the authors, and the Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History.

Want a book?


know someone who might?

Write to

put a note in the comments here at or

tweet us @OsgoodeIFLS

and tell us which book you want.

We’ll pay cheapest shipping to the lucky winners (make sure we have a way of getting in touch if you win the draw)





Bettina Bradbury, Wife to Widow: Lives, Laws, and Politics in Nineteenth-Century Montreal

Shelley A.M. Gavigan, Hunger, Horses and Government Men: Criminal Law on the Aboriginal Plains 1870-1905

Mary Jane Mossman, The First Women Lawyers: A Comparative Study of Gender, Law and the Legal Professions

Constance & Nancy Backhouse The Heiress vs the Establishment Mrs. Campbell’s Campaign for Legal Justice

Mossman & Luxton, eds., Reconsidering Knowledge: Feminism & the Academy

Plus bonus option: The Persons Case: The Origins and Legacy of the Fight for Legal Personhood by Mr. Justice Robert Sharpe of the Court of Appeal for Ontario and Patricia McMahon, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP. Publis
hed with the University of Toronto Press, 2007.



pile of books, as described in post


Book Giveaway Winner! & Next Contest!

Thanks to those of you who entered.  The random number generator coughed up Nooreen Bhanji’s entry.  She’s a freshly minted (2011!) grad of Osgoode Hall now articling at Torys LLP who clearly likes non fiction -she says that the last book she read was “The Big Short” by Michael Lewis. Now she will be able to spend her non working hours (what?) reading something a little bit further in the past but just as relevant to the future.  Thanks to all to entered.

Moving right along, I seem to have a credit at UBC Press, and they have just released  Troubling Sex: Towards a Legal Theory of Sexual Integrity by Dal’s Elaine Craig. Sample chapter available here.

Blending feminist theory with queer theory, she advances an iconoclastic approach to law and sexuality that has the power to transform both theory and practice.

So, once again, if you’re interested, put your name in the comments OR on the IFLS FB page. I’ll try to take care of this one within the week.  Cannot guarantee holiday delivery, though, since this one isn’t actually in my office yet.



book giveaway: Serena Mayeri's Reasoning from Race: Feminism, Law and the Civil Rights Revolution

I have an extra copy, you need something to read when you are off work/school/marking (or, you think this would make a perfect gift – it’s not a used copy).  Let me know in the comments (they are moderated, so you won’t see it pop up right away).  I’ll take entries for about 36 hours, then do a random draw, then contact the lucky winner for an address and ship it out this week (or, if you want help preventing distractions until December X, we can hold it till later).

This book, btw, is one I really liked. Pauli Murray, a new hero.  Definitely provokes thinking about current campaigns and legal strategies. Plus, it’s history! Bliss.  Those who attended Prof. Chao-Ju Chen’s recent talk on feminist legal strategy in Taiwan might be particularly interested in this story.

Here’s Author and UPenn law/history prof Serena Mayeri talking about her book: