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University of Calgary prof wins CBA’s Hnatyshyn award

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 @ 11:45 AM | By John Chunn

University of Calgary professor Jennifer Koshan has received the Ramon John Hnatyshyn award from the Canadian Bar Association.

According to a press release from the university, the award is given to recognize outstanding contribution in law reform, legal scholarship and/or legal research. Koshan was presented the award on Feb. 19, at the annual Canadian Bar Association President’s Dinner in Ottawa.

“I am so honoured to have been recognized by the CBA for my research and law reform work, especially because so much of it has been collaborative. This award is the product of the commitment and activism of many, and I’m so thankful,” said Koshan.

The press release notes that Koshan’s contributions to law reform are many and varied. She has been engaged within formal law reform processes at two stages in her career. Early in her career she was retained by the British Columbia Law Institute to work on civil remedies for sexual assault. She has also been serving as the faculty’s nominee as a director of the Alberta Law Reform Institute (ALRI) and as such has been involved in providing oversight for ALRI’s ongoing projects including projects on property division for common law couples, adverse possession and the Alberta Evidence Act.

In addition to these formal contributions, Koshan has made numerous more informal contributions to law reform. These include important work by her and her students in 2014 and 2015 dealing with the exclusion of farmworkers from Alberta’s labour and employment legislation, which were tabled in the Alberta Legislature in December 2015 during debate on Bill 6, the Enhanced Protection for Farm and Ranch Workers Act. Her ongoing research on domestic violence has also led to legislative reforms.