Gowling WLG recognizes 2017 Legal Leaders for Diversity scholarship recipients

02 June 2017

Last night, Gowling WLG hosted a special reception in its Toronto office in honour of Zack Lazarevic and Erica Van de Laar, two recipients of the 2017 Legal Leaders for Diversity (LLD) Trust Fund academic scholarship.

Since its inception in 2014, the LLD Trust Fund has awarded annual scholarships to undergraduate and graduate law students with disabilities who excel in their studies and inspire those around them. Gowling WLG is a proud contributor to the fund.

"Erica and Zack are two incredible students who, in pursuit of their legal careers, have demonstrated remarkable strength, courage and determination," said Scott Jolliffe, past chair and CEO of Gowling WLG Canada and member of the LLD Board of Trustees. "We are delighted to have the opportunity to recognize their accomplishments and support them on their paths to becoming great lawyers."

A first year student at Windsor Law, Van de Laar is described by the University of Windsor's dean of law as a "positive force" with "strong problem-solving skills" and proven ability to network effectively with her peers and professors. In addition to earning high grades, she is highly engaged in university life and currently serves as a residence assistant.

Equally accomplished, Lazarevic is in his first year of the Juris Doctor program at the University of Saskatchewan. Over the course of his student career, he has remained in superb academic standing and has also earned a number of scholarships and awards.

Diversity and inclusion are an integral part of Gowling WLG's culture. Guided by a Diversity and Inclusion Strategy, the firm is a proud member of the Law Firm Diversity and Inclusion Network, and was the first Canadian law firm to receive the Starbucks International Excellence in Diversity Award. Gowling WLG has also been listed among the Best Employers in Canada since 2010.

Gowling WLG 2017 Legal Leaders for Diversity

Scott Jolliffe, Dorothy Quann, Erica Van de Laar, Kenneth Fredeen, Zack Lazarevic, James Buchan