TORONTO, March 13, 2014 /CNW/ - The Law Society of Upper Canada will honour eight outstanding members of the legal profession at its annual award ceremony at Osgoode Hall on May 21, 2014.
The Law Society Medal, the Lincoln Alexander Award, the Laura Legge Award and the Law Society Distinguished Paralegal Award will be presented to recipients whose careers represent the highest level of achievement and commitment to serving society and the profession.
"The Law Society is very pleased to recognize and celebrate the achievements of these eight exceptional individuals, whose leadership and dedication to the legal profession are exemplary," says Law Society Treasurer Thomas G. Conway. "All of this year's recipients have advanced the profession's core principles of access to justice and equality through their unique contributions to their communities."
Established in 1985, the Law Society Medal is given to outstanding lawyers in Ontario in recognition of exceptional service, whether in a particular area of practice, in the academic sphere, or in some other professional capacity.
The 2014 Law Society Medal recipients are: Frank E. P. Bowman, Clare E. Lewis, OOnt., QC, former Law Society Treasurer W. A. Derry Millar, Sandra R. Stephenson and William Trudell.
The Lincoln Alexander Award was created in 2002 in honour of former Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, Member of Parliament, and 2002 Law Society Medal recipient, the late Lincoln M. Alexander, PC, CC, OOnt., CD, QC, LSM, in recognition of his dedication to the people of Ontario and the legal community. The award is presented to an Ontario lawyer who has demonstrated a commitment to the public and its well-being through community service. The 2014 recipient is Nigel G. Gilby.
The Laura Legge Award was established in 2007 and is presented in honour of the late Laura Legge, OOnt., QC, the first woman elected a bencher of the Law Society and the first woman to serve as Treasurer. The award is presented to a woman lawyer in Ontario who has exemplified leadership within the profession. The 2014 recipient is Susan E. Opler.
The Law Society Distinguished Paralegal Award was created in 2011 and recognizes a paralegal who has demonstrated one or more of the following attributes: outstanding professional achievement, contribution to the development of the profession, devotion to professional duties, adherence to best practices and mentoring of others in best practices, a history of community service and personal character that brings credit to the paralegal profession. The 2014 recipient is Paula Stamp.
Biographies of the 2014 award recipients are available online.
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.
SOURCE: The Law Society of Upper Canada
For further information: For more information, contact Susan Tonkin, Communications Advisor, at 416- 947-7605 or [email protected] The Law Society of Upper Canada, Osgoode Hall, 130 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M5H 2N6