A pair of UBC law students took top spot in an international client counselling competition held recently at the university.

Camille Ciarneillo and Doug Dorward won the Louis M. Brown International Client Counselling Competition in a contest that required knowledge of landlord-tenant law, commercial leasing law and outstanding interpersonal counselling skills.

The competition brought together teams of law students from eight countries with a common law tradition: Australia, Canada, England, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Scotland, South Africa and the United States.

The contest promotes preventative law practices such as dispute resolution and client-centred solutions to legal problems.

Jane Gaskell, associate dean, Graduate Programs and Research, in the Faculty of Education, was recently elected at a council meeting of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) to a one-year term as chair of the standing committee on research and dissemination.

The committee is responsible for providing policy advice to the council and administrative advice to staff in relation to research grants, targeted programs and dissemination activities.

It also gives advice on improving the peer review process, providing a liaison between adjudication committees and the council.

Gaskell, who is also a professor in the Dept. of Educational Studies, completed a term on the SSHRC in December.