Law Society presents honorary doctorate at London Call to the Bar ceremony

    LONDON, ON, June 15 /CNW/ - The Law Society of Upper Canada presented a
degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LL.D.), to the Honourable W. Dan
Chilcott, Q.C., former Superior Court Justice and Law Society Treasurer, at a
ceremony held at the London Convention Centre on June 15. The event was held
to welcome the province's newest lawyers to the profession.
    Law Society Treasurer Gavin MacKenzie presented the honorary doctorate to
Mr. Chilcott in recognition of his exemplary career and his tremendous
dedication to the profession.
    The Law Society called 97 new lawyers to the Bar during the event. The
event is one of five such ceremonies being held in the province this month.
    Each year, as part of its Call ceremonies, the Law Society awards
honorary doctorates to distinguished persons who exemplify the values held in
esteem by the legal profession. Recipients serve as keynote speakers to
inspire the graduating class.
    "We honour Dan Chilcott today for his venerable career and his extensive
contributions to the profession," said Treasurer MacKenzie. "He embodies the
highest of standards, committing himself selflessly to both his fellow lawyers
and his community. He is certainly a credit to the profession and a role model
for today's graduates."
    Called to the Bars of Nova Scotia, Ontario and the Northwest Territories,
Mr. Chilcott began his career as the Senior Assistant Crown Attorney for the
County of Carleton in 1956. In 1958, he entered private practice with the firm
of Binks, Chilcott & Simpson and was appointed Deputy Magistrate for the
Northwest Territories, later becoming its Special Prosecutor. In 1967, he was
appointed Queen's Counsel.
    Mr. Chilcott has served as president of the County of Carleton Law
Association and as an instructor for the Law Society's Bar Admission Course.
First elected a bencher of the Law Society in 1979, he was voted the Society's
Treasurer in 1987. He continues to be an active and dedicated member of the
Law Society's Board of Governors, referred to as Convocation.
    In 1988, Mr. Chilcott was appointed a justice of the Superior Court of
Justice and, in 1999, a Deputy Judge of the Nunavut Court of Justice.
    In addition to his significant service to the profession, Mr. Chilcott
ardently supports his community. He is a Past President and Life Director of
the Central Canada Exhibition Association, Former Vice-Chairman of the Ottawa
Police Commission and a Trustee of Grace General Hospital. He is also a member
of the Salvation Army Advisory Board in Ottawa.
    Additional Call to the Bar ceremonies will be held in Toronto on June 18
and 19. The first ceremony was held in Ottawa on June 12.
    In congratulating this year's new lawyers, Treasurer MacKenzie said, "You
have joined a noble profession... We are committed to the rule of law in a
democratic society. We are committed to an independent Bar and an independent
judiciary. That is what we stand for, and that is what we stand up for."
    He also noted that, "There are many others in our society who are less
privileged than we are, people who have no access to legal services. We have a
duty to them to promote access to justice for all, through legal aid and pro
bono work and otherwise.... So please do your honourable profession and this
world a favour: give back."

    The Law Society governs legal service providers in the public interest by
ensuring that the people of Ontario are served by lawyers and paralegals who
meet high standards of learning, competence and professional conduct, and by
upholding the independence, integrity and honour of the legal professions for
the purpose of advancing the cause of justice and the rule of law.
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For further information: Denise McCourtie, (416) 947-3362, or Lisa Hall, (416) 947-7625,

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