Laurie Brown, J.D. Candidate 2022
Laurie Brown is a recipient of the Blakes Scholars Award, presented to a student in the Queen's Faculty of Law based on academic excellence and community involvement, extra-curricular activities, and other personal accomplishments. This important award may also apply additional selection criteria including past experience and present contributions that promote or enhance diversity within the law school or broader community.
Because of the generosity of her award, Laurie Brown is able to participate in the Queen’s Prison Law Clinic, supporting her passion for justice and serving others.
“One of the main reasons I chose Queen's University was because it's the only law school in Canada that runs a prison law clinic,” Brown says.
“I plan on using what I'll learn working at this clinic to become an advocate for people who are often forgotten about within our justice system,” she says. “My goal is to advocate for true justice within our criminal justice system and find a way to humanize the people who exist within that system.
"This award has put a significant dent in my tuition fees and means that I haven't had to find a part-time job while in school. Instead, I'm working in the Queen's Prison Law Clinic (for credit), which comes with a substantial workload. I wouldn't have been able to participate in this clinic while also working a part-time job.”