The Law Society of Alberta is pleased to announce that Jessica Fleming and Alastair MacKinnon are recipients of the 2018 Viscount Bennett Scholarship. For details on the other recipients, check our
Jessica Fleming completed her Juris Doctor (JD) through Osgoode Hall Law School in 2015. Shortly after, she obtained her Bachelor of Laws (Civil) from the University of Montreal. During her time at Osgoode, Jessica became an experienced research assistant, working with multiple esteemed professors.
Currently, Jessica is a law clerk to the Honourable Chief Justice Marc Noël at the Federal Court of Appeal. She will begin a clerkship with the Honourable Justice Russell Brown at the Supreme Court of Canada in 2019.
The Viscount Bennett Scholarship will assist Jessica in her pursuit to obtain a LLM from the University of Cambridge.
Alastair MacKinnon is a graduate of the University of Calgary Faculty of Law and received his JD in 2013. Alastair achieved the highest aggregated grade point average over his three years of law school, earning him the prestigious William A. McGillivray Gold Medal.
He began his legal career as a judicial clerk at the Alberta Court of Appeal in 2013. After being called to the Bar, he started practising at Bennett Jones LLP in Calgary in 2014 and is currently at the Toronto office.
Alastair will begin his LLM in September 2018 at the University of Toronto. His research will focus on systematic improvement that can be made to avoid miscarriage of justice.
The Viscount Bennett Scholarship is financed from a trust fund established by the Right Honourable Viscount Bennett to encourage a high standard of legal education, training and excellence. This annual award for post-graduate studies in law is presented to individuals who are dedicated to their community and profession, and who wish to further their legal education.