Legal humanitarian receives honorary LLD

Mark M. Persaud honoured for extensive public service

LONDON, ON, June 17, 2016 /CNW/ - The Law Society of Upper Canada presented a degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LLD), to lawyer Mark M. Persaud at its Call to the Bar ceremony in London, Ontario on June 17.

Persaud has devoted his legal career to public service. A regular volunteer with community-based organizations assisting refugees, the homeless and youth at risk, he is also a strong voice for groups committed to addressing issues of equity and discrimination. (See biography, online.)

Law Society Treasurer Janet E. Minor awarded the honorary LLD to Persaud, who then delivered the keynote address to the 113 new lawyers attending the ceremony.

As part of its Call ceremonies each year, the Law Society awards honorary doctorates to distinguished people in recognition of outstanding achievements in the legal profession, the rule of law or the cause of justice. Recipients serve as inspirational keynote speakers for the new lawyers attending the ceremonies.

In her remarks to the newly called lawyers, Treasurer Minor said, "We need your innovation and creativity. We are counting on you. You are privileged because you have the capacity to make a difference. You are empowered — you can help to empower others. When you do, in your work and in your life, I think you will find this kind of engagement is the most rewarding and fulfilling and it will give you the kind of happiness you feel today."

The Law Society regulates lawyers and paralegals in Ontario in the public interest. The Law Society has a mandate to protect the public interest, to maintain and advance the cause of justice and the rule of law, to facilitate access to justice for the people of Ontario and act in a timely, open and efficient manner.

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SOURCE The Law Society of Upper Canada

Image with caption: "Legal humanitarian Mark M. Persaud (centre) received an Honorary LLD from the Law Society at the London Call to the Bar ceremony June 17. Here, he signs the LLD Register with Law Society CEO Robert G.W. Lapper. Q.C., and Law Society Treasurer Janet E. Minor. Persaud delivered the keynote address to the 113 new lawyers attending the ceremony. The Law Society awards honorary doctorates to distinguished people in recognition of outstanding achievements in the legal profession, the rule of law or the cause of justice. (CNW Group/The Law Society of Upper Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20160617_C5727_PHOTO_EN_716663.jpg

For further information: Media contact: Susan Tonkin, Communications Advisor, Media Relations, 416-947-7605 or stonkin@lsuc.on.ca.

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