Kristen Stallard awarded the 2024-2025 Viscount Bennett Fellowship

  • June 03, 2024

Ottawa, June 3, 2024 - The Canadian Bar Association’s Fellowship Committee has selected Kristen Stallard to receive the 2024-2025 Viscount Bennett Fellowship for her graduate legal studies.

Kristen Stallard is a graduate of the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University and is currently an associate lawyer with Patterson Law in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The Fellowship will help support her graduate studies this fall at the University of Cambridge, where her work will focus on the role of constitutional design in advancing reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.

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.


“I am honoured to be the recipient of the 2024 Viscount Bennett Fellowship. Volunteering with the Canadian Bar Association has helped me to forge lasting connections and explore the ways the legal profession can advocate for a more equitable society. Through this Fellowship, the Canadian Bar Association will help me to continue this journey at the University of Cambridge as I study how constitutional structures may advance reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. I am very grateful for the continued support that the Canadian Bar Association has shown to new and young lawyers, without which this research would not be possible.”

  • Kristen Stallard

Quick facts

  • Kristen Stallard earned her J.D. at the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University, where she received numerous awards for high standing in her studies, including the Ellorient, Donald and Hugh Fraser Scholarship and the Boyneclarke Prize.
  • Before entering legal studies, she earned a B.A and a M.A in Political Science and a Master of Public Administration.
  • She practices law with Patterson Law in Halifax.
  • She is currently the Vice Chair of the Administrative Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association – Nova Scotia Branch. She is also active in the broader legal community by trying to improve access to justice in civil litigation, and works with the Access to Justice and Law Reform Institute at the Schulich School of Law, the Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia and formerly at the Halifax Free Legal Clinic.
  • She clerked for the Federal Court of Appeal for the Honourable Justice Wyman W. Webb in 2019-2020 and for the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal justices in 2020-2021.
  • The Viscount Bennett Fellowship carries a value of $25,000.

Related links

Viscount Bennett Fellowship
Canadian Bar Association

About the Canadian Bar Association

The CBA is dedicated to support the rule of law and improvement in the law and the administration of justice. Some 38,000 lawyers, notaries in Quebec, judges, law teachers and law students from across Canada are members.

For more information, contact:

Vanessa Racine
Manager, Media Relations and Public Affairs
613-237-2925 x153