TORONTO, Sept. 17 /CNW/ - The Law Foundation of Ontario (LFO) is pleased
to announce it has selected A. Alan Borovoy, General Counsel of the Canadian
Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) as the recipient of the 2008 Guthrie Award.
The Guthrie Award was created in 1996 in honour of former LFO Trustee and
Chair, H. Donald Guthrie. The award is bestowed upon individuals or
organizations that demonstrate outstanding public service, make significant
contributions to access to justice, and symbolize excellence in the legal
"Alan Borovoy embodies all of the qualities we recognize in our Guthrie
Award to an outstanding degree. Through his inspired 40 years of leadership,
the Canadian Civil Liberties Association has become this country's foremost
advocate for freedom of speech and expression," declared LFO Chair, Larry
In his nomination letter, past president of York University, Harry
Arthurs said that Borovoy's "illustrious career has uniquely qualified him for
this award. He has been an advocate for the rights and freedoms of people who
might otherwise be denied them. He has devoted extraordinary amounts of time
and energy to enabling ordinary citizens to engage with justice issues."
Past recipients include: Peter Oliver, Editor-in Chief, Osgoode Society
for Canadian Legal History; Parkdale Community Legal Services; Balfour Halèvy,
Law Librarian Emeritus and Professor Emeritus (Osgoode Hall Law School of York
University); James C. Baillie, Q.C., Torys; former Chief Justice the Hon. R.
Roy McMurtry; and Martin Teplitsky, Q.C., L.S.M., Teplitsky, Colson.
The LFO was established in 1974 to establish and maintain a fund for
legal education and legal research, legal aid, and the establishment,
operation, and maintenance of law libraries. The LFO awards grants to
organizations for law-related projects and initiatives. For more information
on the LFO visit www.lawfoundation.on.ca
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For further information: Media Contact: Adriana Suppa, Communications
Advisor, The Law Foundation of Ontario, Tel. (416) 598-1550 ext. 309,