2018 CFLS Award

Nominations or applications for the following two CFLS awards are now open! To apply, please submit the required documents by email to parkes@allard.ubc.ca by June 1st, 2018.

Auriol Gurner Young Award 2018

A prize in the amount of $3000, awarded to a student in the JD program who has made significant contributions to feminism and the law. Please provide a letter explaining the candidate’s contributions to feminism and the law and attach the candidate’s resume.


Marlee Kline Essay Prize 2018

A $250 prize to the best essay written by a JD student addressing the themes in the following quotation:

“The various intersections between race, class, sexual orientation, and other differentiating characteristics, will affect how and when all women experience sexism.” (Marlee Kline, 1989)


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The CFLS is hiring!


The Centre for Feminist Legal Studies invites applications from law students for the position of Student Coordinator during the 2018-2019 year. The position is part-time for the summer (15-18 hours per week) from May 1 to August 31. The student will work for the entire summer, but work hours are flexible and can allow for other commitments such as a summer course or additional part-time work. Subject to renewed Work Learn funding, the student will also work part-time during the school year (up to 10 hours per week).


  • Assisting in the compilation and publication of the Annual Report
  • Maintaining the Centre’s space, library and online book catalogue
  • Planning/facilitating weekly lectures and other events
  • Publicizing CFLS activities and events via email, blog and social media
  • Recruiting/managing a roster of student volunteers
  • Liaising with Women’s Caucus and other student groups
  • Responding to phone/email queries about the Centre’s activities
  • Representing the CFLS at orientation and other events
  • Attending monthly Steering Committee meetings
  • Conducting occasional research for the Centre or the Director
  • Serving as a contact for visitors to the Centre


  • Currently enrolled as a JD student in good standing
  • Activist and/or academic background in feminism an asset
  • Demonstrated interest in the work and activities of the Centre
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Strong oral, written and interpersonal communications skills
  • Motivated and self-directed, ability to take initiative


Please submit a brief cover letter explaining your experience and interest, resume, and law school grades to cfls@allard.ubc.ca by 4:30pm on March 9, 2018

Fall 2017 Lecture Series

We are pleased to announce the CFLS Fall 2017 Lecture Series. All lectures are open to anyone who wants to attend and they’re all in Room 122 of Allard Hall. We look forward to seeing you there!

Next up is visiting scholar Professor Fiona Kelly giving her talk “Genetic Detectives: Single Mothers by Choice Who make Contact with Their Child’s Sperm or Egg Donor.” Join us on Tuesday, September 26 at 12:30 pm!

Abstract: An increasing number of Australian parents of donor conceived children are making contact with their child’s donor relatives prior to the child reaching the age of majority. This process, referred to as “donor linking”, can be achieved in Australia through statutory mechanisms or informal searching, such as online donor registries, social media searches, and direct-to-consumer genetic testing. Drawing on qualitative interview data, this presentation explores the donor linking practices of 25 single women who conceived using donated gametes.

The findings suggest that donor linking is extremely popular among single women and that many of them attempt to locate their child’s donor when the child is still very young. This presentation considers how the women make contact with their child’s donor, and also raises questions about why donor linking is so popular among single women.

CFLS Award Winners

The CFLS would like to congratulate the recipients of the three feminist awards at the Peter A Allard School of Law. These individuals demonstrate their commitment to feminist advocacy through their intellectual and community work.

Hilda Janzen Memorial Award in Feminist Legal Studies
2017 Recipient: Allison Sharkey

Allison Sharkey, entering her 2nd year of the JD program at Allard Hall, is the recipient of the Hilda Janzen Memorial Award in recognition of her substantial contributions to feminist advocacy, scholarship, and community work. Before starting law school, Allison completed a PhD in Anthropology, studying substance use and addiction among young adults. Allison has demonstrated feminist leadership and community involvement while overcoming barriers in accessing and continuing her legal education. By regularly volunteering with the CFLS and bringing feminist critical perspectives to bear on the 1L curriculum, Allison represents the best of the Allard law community, embodying a feminist ethic and advocating for social justice.

Auriol Gurner Young Memorial Award
2017 Recipient: Melanie Begalka

Recognizing her contribution to feminism and law, Melanie Begalka is the recipient of the Auriol Guner Young Memorial Award. Melanie, entering her 3rd year at Allard Hall, was one of the coordinators of the #LawNeedsFeminismBecause campaign in 2016-2017. She has years of experience working with and on behalf of marginalized people, particularly in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side. She has been a mental health worker, support worker, and outreach worker for those with acute mental illness, HIV+ women, sex workers, and women with addiction challenges. She has also coordinated the opening of a legal clinic in Vancouver assisting homeless folks to obtain government ID. Melanie embodies the values of Auriol Gurner Young as an active member in the feminist legal community.

Marlee G Kline Essay Prize
2017 Recipient: Carly Teillet

Credit: Paul Joseph/UBC

Carly Teillet is Métis from Red River and is the great, great, grand-neice of Louis Riel. She completed her JD from Allard Hall early in December of 2016. Carly has been awarded the Marlee G Kline Essay Prize for her exceptional essay “Invisible in the Spotlight: Aboriginal Women, Embodiment and the Legal Structure.” This award recognizes an exceptional essay that addresses the various intersections between gender, race, class, sexual orientation, and other differentiating characteristics. Carly’s essay critically examines how Aboriginal women’s bodies experience systemic violence from the colonial state and the legal system through the story of Jane’s arrest. She situates Jane’s story and her body within the historic and ongoing colonial structures that construct, control, and discard the bodies of Aboriginal women.