Dartmouth lawyer lands lofty fellowship

Jacob Boon
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Dartmouth’s Benjamin Perryman has been awarded the Canadian Bar Association’s 2013 Viscount Bennett Fellowship.

Perryman recently completed his Masters of Laws degree at Yale Law School as a Fulbright Scholar. According to the CBA, he will be using the Viscount Bennett Fellowship to pursue his doctoral at Yale, researching the relationship between happiness and constitutional law.

“Over the past thirty years psychologists, economists, and neuroscientists have made significant advances in understanding what makes humans happy,” Perryman says, “but the impact of this research on the law is just now being considered.

“I am thrilled that the CBA has chosen to support my research in this area."

Perryman is no stranger to studies, having completed a Masters in development economics at Dalhousie University, as well as attaining degrees in law at York University and biochemistry at the University of British Columbia.

From August 2010 until July 2012 he also served as a law clerk at the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia.

According to the CBA, Perryman has shown “practicality and tremendous energy” in his legal undertakings. Those include working for legal aid, private firms, and volunteering in numerous developing countries such as Nigeria and India.

“He has demonstrated remarkable perseverance throughout his academic career and the results are impressive,” says chair of the CBA’s awards committee, Ronald Caza. “He will be working on legal improvements for the most vulnerable members of society. I am confident that his work will bring significant benefits to the development of the law in this area.”

The Viscount Bennett Fellowship was established under the terms of a trust by former Prime Minister and CBA president, Viscount Bennett. The first fellowship was awarded in 1946, and since then some 65 students have received it. Valued at $40,000, the fellowship is awarded annually to a Canadian student to encourage high standards of legal education, training and ethics.

Organizations: Canadian Bar Association, Dalhousie University, York University University of British Columbia Supreme Court

Geographic location: Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Nigeria India

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