A pioneering Scarborough lawyer named a scholarship fund to help black law students get started in Ontario.
Thora H. Espinet, a former professor of criminal law at Centennial College and former assistant judge on the Small Claims Court, graduated from the University of Windsor Law in 1982 and became one of the province’s first black lawyers two years later.
As part of its commitment to combating racism against blacks, the law school announced that it will provide $ 50,000 in scholarships this fall for current black students and an additional $ 50,000 in a scholarship fund.
The university will encourage corporate and individual donations to increase the number of scholarships that can be applied for at www.uwindsor.ca/studentawards/381/uwinawardapplication.
In a March 30 press release, Espinet said the scholarships will support able, skilled students who otherwise may not be able to study law.
“We need to find long-term solutions to correct the inequality and inequality caused by systemic racism,” she added.
“As Windsor makes building the trust fund an ongoing priority, it is helping more and more black students each year over time. “