TORONTO, June 18, 2015 /CNW/ - The Law Society of Upper Canada today conferred a degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LLD), upon prominent London lawyer Janet E. Stewart, QC, OOnt., at its Call to the Bar ceremony. See photos.
Stewart was honoured for her role as a respected mentor and an advocate for the advancement of women in law, as well as her dedicated community service and philanthropic activities. Called to the Bar in 1969, Stewart joined Lerners LLP in London and became a partner in 1972. She recently celebrated 45 years with the firm.
Law Society Treasurer Janet E. Minor presented Stewart with the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LLD) before Stewart spoke to the new lawyers.
"Our profession has changed considerably since 1969, particularly the impact of women in the profession, which is all good," said Stewart to the London candidates, families, friends and distinguished guests. "I am one of those women who I hope has made some modest impact."
Eighty-nine new lawyers were called to the Bar in London today. Nearly 1,700 new lawyers will be joining the profession in ceremonies this June.
Treasurer Minor spoke to the new Calls about the ceremony and the careers on which they were about to embark. "Go back to this moment. Dive into it. Understand it. Remember this feeling. Remember today and affirm it in the many possibilities you have ahead," she said.
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.
SOURCE The Law Society of Upper Canada
Image with caption: "The Law Society of Upper Canada presented an honorary LLD to London lawyer Janet E. Stewart, QC, OOnt., (seated), at the June 18 Call to the Bar ceremony in London. Law Society Treasurer Janet E. Minor (right) and CEO Robert G.W. Lapper, QC, congratulate her as she signs the LLD register. Stewart was honoured for her leadership and contributions throughout her distinguished career as a respected mentor and an advocate for the advancement of women in law. (CNW Group/The Law Society of Upper Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20150618_C9675_PHOTO_EN_43575.jpg
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