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Law career awaits judicious student

By Don Fennell

Published 12:58 PDT, Wed August 28, 2019

Last Updated: 2:13 PDT, Wed May 12, 2021

An exceptional work ethic, coupled obviously with ability, has served Charlotte Baigent well.

An exceptional work ethic, coupled obviously with ability, has served Charlotte Baigent well.

Tireless in her pursuits, the young Richmond woman learned early in life that dedication and a little elbow grease go a long way to helping you realize your dreams. As a youth started working at an early age to help pay for ski racing. She was competitive through high school and university while registered with the International Ski Federation as an alpine ski racer, and remains an avid skier.

But Baigent also successfully pursued another career—law.

Recently earning a clerkship at the Supreme Court of Canada in Ottawa with the Hon. Justice Rosalie Abella, commencing in the summer of 2020, she will first complete a one-year clerkship with the BC Court of Appeal scheduled to start this month.

Baigent was recently designated a prestigious Wesbrook scholar, and is the recipient of the Carl Bradford Robertson scholarship and the Alexander J. Cohen Memorial Award in Law at the University of British Columbia, while completing her degree in the Allard School of Law.

The Wesbrook scholar is UBC’s most prestigious designation, given to senior students with outstanding academic performance, leadership and involvement in student and community activities. Only 20 Wesbrook awards are given annually across all faculties at UBC encompassing more than 39,000 students. The Robertson scholarship is awarded to students with good academic standing, and who have demonstrated achievement in sports and participation in student and community activities.

Following her second year of law school (where she participated in faculty governance and filled took on various roles from serving as ombudsperson to spearheading a homeless identification project), Baigent also summered at the Vancouver office of McCarthy Tétreault, a leading litigation firm in Canada.

In addition to her studies at UBC, Baigent completed a degree in political science at Concordia University in Montreal where she graduated with Great Distinction, received the Concordia Arts and Sciences Scholar Award each year of her studies, and was a finalist for the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship. And she still found the time to serve as vice-president of the Montreal chapter of Amnesty International.

Throughout this exhaustive journey, Baigent (who attended Tommekichi Homma Elementary and was then enrolled in the Explorations program at McMath) has always found time for her many friends, contributed countless volunteer hours and participated in extra-curricular school activities.

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