Leaping forward in three minutes

Julie DeWolf.Julie DeWolf is all about taking big steps.

The graduate student completed law school at the University of Victoria in 2013, while maintaining a long distance relationship with her partner, Travis, who was studying at UWaterloo.

After spending three years in different parts of the country, Julie decided she wanted to be closer to Travis. She took the plunge to move from British Columbia to Ontario to pursue her Master of Environmental Studies. Talk about a big step!

As if this wasn’t already a huge move in Julie’s life, she recently decided to enter the Three Minute Thesis Competition. The university-wide competition is an opportunity for research-based masters thesis and doctoral students to explain their research. They only have three minutes and one slide. Winners move onto the 3MT provincial final at Western University and take home $1,000.

Julie ended up winning with her presentation that undertook elements from her law school background as well as her environmental studies knowledge. She addressed whether S. 7 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms can be applied to an environmental context. Section 7 provides Canadians with the right to life, liberty, and security of the person. Her ability to mix two worlds took her presentation to the next level.

My supervisor, Neil Craik, suggested this topic it to me. We were looking for a subject with a legal focus and this was an issue that he had encountered previously. We both thought it would be really interesting to explore. –Julie DeWolf

Julie is ecstatic about the results of the competition and is preparing for the finals in London on April 23. After that, she is ready to make her next big move, by taking a job articling with Rogers Partners LLP, a law firm in Toronto, in July. Now, instead of the country, only an hour drive will separate the happy couple. 

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