TORONTO, June 24, 2015 /CNW/ - The degree of Doctor of Laws honoris causa (LLD) was conferred upon Sheila Block at today's Call to the Bar ceremony at Roy Thomson Hall.
Block is a partner and a senior trial and appellate counsel at Torys LLP
in Toronto where she has a broad civil litigation practice. She is an
advocacy instructor dedicated to teaching in Canada and around the
world, Block has trained advocates for the United Nations War Crimes
Tribunal in Rwanda and the Special Court in Sierra Leone. In 2012, Toronto Life magazine put her on its list of '50 Most Influential in Toronto'.
The Law Society confers LLDs, honoris causa, in recognition of outstanding achievements in service and benefit to the
legal profession, the rule of law or the cause of justice. The honorary
LLD recipient serves as an inspirational keynote speaker for the new
lawyers attending the Call ceremonies.
"You are entering a profession with a long past," said Block to the Call
candidates. "You will be able to look back and find traditions and
principles that you will make your own and strive to pass on to your
students and juniors, and to exemplify in your daily work. There will
be other parts of the status quo in the years to come that should
change. Just as for my generation, past attitudes at the Bar to gender,
race, religion, sexual orientation, even marital status and child
rearing, needed to — and did — change for the better. There is no doubt
more work to be done. So embrace the change, steer the change," Block
Treasurer Minor also addressed the new lawyers, encouraging them to
dedicate themselves to the public. "You have the great opportunity to
work for the benefit of others, whether it's giving prudent advice,
problem solving or advocacy," she said. "This is serious work, but it
can be — and it is — great fun," she said.
The Law Society called 336 new lawyers to the Bar of Ontario at the June
24th ceremony. Nearly 1,700 new lawyers will be called at six Call to the Bar ceremonies being held across the province in June.
SOURCE The Law Society of Upper Canada
Image with caption: "Sheila Block (second to left) holds the degree of presented to her by The Law Society of Upper Canada at its June 24th Call to the Bar ceremony at Roy Thomson Hall. Block is congratulated by CEO Robert Lapper (left), Treasurer Janet Minor (right) and Madam Justice Wendy Matheson, Superior Court of Justice (back). (CNW Group/The Law Society of Upper Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20150624_C9895_PHOTO_EN_43815.jpg
Image with caption: "Sheila Block (centre) is bestowed the Doctor of Laws honoris causa hood by Law Society Bencher Jacqueline Horvat this morning at Roy Thomson Hall. The degree was conferred upon Block by Treasurer Janet Minor (left) at the June 24th Call to the Bar ceremony. (CNW Group/The Law Society of Upper Canada)". Image available at: https://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20150624_C9895_PHOTO_EN_43814.jpg
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