Brandyn Rodgerson awarded the 2022 Viscount Bennett Fellowship

  • June 13, 2022

Ottawa, June 13, 2022 - The Canadian Bar Association’s Fellowship Committee has selected Brandyn Rodgerson to receive the 2022-2023 Viscount Bennett Fellowship for his graduate legal studies.

Mr. Rodgerson is a graduate of the University of Alberta Faculty of Law and is currently an associate with Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York City. The Fellowship will help support his graduate studies this fall at Harvard Law School, where his work will focus on the intersection between human rights and health care.

The Viscount Bennett Fellowship is awarded annually to a Canadian law student to encourage high standards of legal education, training and ethics. The Fellowship was established under the terms of a trust created by former Prime Minister and CBA President Viscount Richard Bedford Bennett.  The first Fellowship was awarded in 1946.

Quotes

“Brandyn Rodgerson has a demonstrated history of academic excellence combined with a deep personal commitment to community. Brandyn’s engagement with community services through pro bono and other work in the social justice arena is representative of the impactful nature of the contributions of CBA members, particularly his recent efforts on law reform in relation to gender-affirming treatments and surgery for transgender youth. The volume and quality of his peer-reviewed law journal articles in the areas of anti-discrimination, criminal and health law is impressive, and we are confident that his future contributions to the law and society in general will be important and influential.”

  • CBA Viscount Bennett Fellowship Selection Committee

“Upon receiving news of receiving the Viscount Bennett Fellowship, I felt a wave of excitement and gratitude. This award exemplifies the generosity and support given to young lawyers by the Canadian Bar Association, and will allow me to further my studies on how constitutional structures impact our lives and influence the broader trajectory of societal growth.”

  • Brandyn Rodgerson

Quick facts

  • Mr. Rodgerson is from Yorkton, Saskatchewan.
  • He earned his J.D. at the University of Alberta Faculty of Law, where he made the dean’s list in each of the three years of the program, as well as numerous awards for high standing in his studies.
  • Before entering legal studies, he was enrolled in a science degree. He went from there to law “hoping to gain the skills to better advocate for those whose voices are often ignored.”
  • He practices law with Sullivan & Cromwell LLP.
  • He clerked for Alberta Court of Appeal Justice Sheila Greckol in 2017-2018 and Supreme Court of Canada Justices ClĂ©ment Gascon and Nicholas Kasirer in 2019-2020
  • The Viscount Bennett Fellowship carries a value of $25,000

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