University of Calgary

Law professor Catherine Brown earns national award

UToday HomeMay 31, 2013

By Ali Abel

Catherine Brown, professor in the Faculty of Law, received the Widdifield Award for the best original article published in Estates, Trusts & Pensions Journal.Catherine Brown, professor in the Faculty of Law, received the Widdifield Award for the best original article published in Estates, Trusts & Pensions Journal.Catherine Brown has great advice for up-and-coming lawyers: “Find an area of law that you are passionate about and pursue it.” Brown has been living by these words in her own career path and has recently been recognized for her achievements.

The Widdifield Award, given out by the Ontario Bar Association (OBA) and chosen by a panel of experts in the field, recognizes legal scholarship in the estate planning area. The award was established by ALERT (Advancement of Legal Education and Research Trust) with contributions made by the authors of Widdifield on Executors and Trustees. The award is presented annually at the year-end dinner of the Trusts and Estates section of the OBA to the author of the best original article published in Estates, Trusts & Pensions Journal.

“It’s exciting to receive the Widdifield Award because it means that my published work is not only read, but appreciated.”

Brown also received a grant from the Foundation for Legal Research for her project called Rectification in Tax Cases. The grant will help fund a study and paper on how judges of superior provincial courts are providing relief to taxpayers when transactions they have entered in to don’t go as planned for tax purposes.

“The project examines the clash between federal tax laws and the orders of the provincial court judges,” says Brown. “The subject is very topical.”

A teacher since 1980, Brown’s interest in law began when she was working in legal aid and various aspects of poverty law. She spent her summers during law school working at a legal aid clinic in Toronto. Tax law captured her attention when she did her graduate work, and pursuing a career teaching in her area of study quickly followed.

“Catherine’s passion and experience are a great asset to our law school,” says Ian Holloway, dean of the Faculty of Law. “She is committed to providing the best education and experiences to our students, who are our best ambassadors.”

Brown’s pride in what she does and her impact on students is on display every May during convocation ceremonies.

“When I stand in line at convocation and watch our students go by, it gives me a great thrill.”

 

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