- 2023 Kupe Leadership Scholars
Arianna Bacic | McCall MacBain Kupe Leadership Scholar
Bachelor of Laws (Honours) & Bachelor of Global Studies (International Relations and Business)
I have always had a deep passion for achieving justice in our communities. Growing up in a generation which sees the climate changing around us at an accelerating pace, this passion has brought me to focus on the importance of climate justice. Leadership in this space is increasingly vital. As climate change intersects with every challenge we face in some way, we cannot create a more equitable, prosperous and just future without a healthy climate. Approaching the climate challenge with a justice lens brings into focus the importance of people-oriented leadership that brings communities together, values diverse experiences, and seeks to find opportunities to protect the most vulnerable while leaving a better future for generations to come. As an aspiring lawyer and advocate, I hope to continuously learn from others and broaden my perspective to grow my ability to contribute to efforts towards climate justice.
Sponsor: McCall MacBain Foundation
Mentor: James-Every Palmer, KC an experienced competition and regulatory lawyer with a wide-ranging commercial litigation practice. James is regularly recommended in guides such as Chambers and The Legal 500 (“brilliant lawyer”). James has appeared in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court in a wide range of cases. He has also acted as an arbitrator. In addition to his litigation practice, James has been engaged in a number of law reform, public policy and market design projects in the electricity, banking, dairy and telecommunications sectors. James if also the treasurer of Lawyers for Climate Action.