Dear members of the BC Law community:
In the midst of this public health crisis, many students are experiencing serious financial hardships. In order to respond quickly to these urgent needs, we have formed a BC Law Student Emergency Relief Fund Committee. Here are the guidelines and process the Committee created for students to apply for grants to assist with extraordinary financial burdens they may have encountered this semester.
BC Law has identified $25,000 in law school resources to create the Student Emergency Relief Fund. I am also pleased to report that BC Law has applied for an additional $25,000 grant from the Law Student Emergency Relief Program, recently announced by AccessLex Institute President and CEO Christopher Chapman. These combined funds will be made available to students through the Committee process.
We understand many of you have pressing financial challenges and we will work as quickly as possible to respond to requests for assistance. Please refer to the attached guidelines for how to apply. I would like to thank AccessLex, in advance, for their generous support, and Committee members Michael Cassidy, Hiba Hafiz, Sharon Blumenstock, Laura Timmerman and Joe Vitale for agreeing to take on this crucially important task.
As some of you know, Professor Bob Bloom has also been working hard to raise a fund that, once endowed, will also provide emergency resources to students in need. This crisis highlights the great importance of setting up such a fund for the future. The strength of our community has never been more important than it is now.