Every year since 2012, the Slater Vecchio LLP Trial Advocacy Entrance Award is presented to one deserving UBC law student. This year, we’re delighted to present the award to Charlotte Baigent.
The full-tuition award recognizes individual academic excellence, leadership, and community service and is presented on the recommendation of the UBC Faculty of Law. Charlotte exemplifies the spirit of the award and that’s why she is our 2016 recipient.
Before starting her legal studies this September at the Peter A. Allard School of Law at UBC, Charlotte was a student at Concordia University in Montreal. She graduated magne cum laude in 2015 with a BA (Hons) in political science and minor in philosophy.
For Charlotte, law school is a natural fit given her passions and experience. “I have a strong interest in human rights advocacy and aspire to have a legal career in the public sector,” says Charlotte. “And I’ve volunteered for a number of organizations, in order to help provide resources to those in need in the community.”
One of those groups is Chimo Community Services. The organization provides a variety of services including immigrant settlement, crisis counselling, transition housing for women fleeing abuse, pro-bono legal services, and low-income advocacy support.
During her undergraduate studies, Charlotte was a volunteer activist for indigenous women’s rights with the Centre for Gender Advocacy. She also served as the vice president and finance director of Concordia’s Amnesty International Club.
Now at UBC Law, Charlotte is looking forward to her studies, her future, and continued volunteerism. “I believe that the outstanding education and opportunities offered at UBC will prepare me to thrive as a public interest lawyer,” she adds.
Charlotte’s already active in the UBC law community. She’s a volunteer with the Law Students Legal Aid Program (LSLAP), helping to improve access to justice for low-income individuals. She’s also a member of the UBC Law Women’s Caucus, the Legal Education and Outreach club, and the Allard Hall Law Games team.
All of us at Slater Vecchio applaud her spirit and congratulate Charlotte on her award. Best of luck in your studies at UBC Law!
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