The Catzman Award for Professionalism and Civility


The Catzman Award was created in 2008 by the Catzman Family together with The Advocates’ Society and the Chief Justice of Ontario’s Advisory Committee on Professionalism. It’s awarded in memory of the Honourable Marvin A. Catzman of the Court of Appeal for Ontario.

This annual Award recognizes individuals who demonstrate the qualities exemplified by Justice Catzman throughout his distinguished career, including:

  • Knowledge of the law
  • Integrity, fairness and civility
  • Generosity of time and expertise
  • Dedication to the highest ideals of the legal profession through writing and lecturing
  • A commitment to mentorship and/or legal education
The recipient must be a lawyer in good standing with The Law Society of Upper Canada and is not required to be a member of The Advocates’ Society.

The Catzman Award is presented annually by the Chief Justice of Ontario at the Opening of the Courts Ceremony.

2017 Recipient
Congratulations to Kenneth Cole, Epstein Cole LLP.

Opening of the Courts
Tuesday, September 12, 2017 | 3:30 p.m.
Toronto Court House, 361 University Avenue, Courtroom No. 6-1

2017 Selection Committee Members
The Honourable Justice Kathryn N. Feldman
The Honourable Dennis O’Connor, O.C., Q.C.
The Honourable R. Roy McMurtry, O.C., O.Ont., Q.C., LSM
Paul B. Schabas
Sonia Bjorkquist
Julie Catzman

Past Recipients
2009 – Stanley G. Fisher, Q.C.
2010 - Jeffrey S. Leon, LSM
2011 - Bryan A. Carroll and John Norris
2012 - Connie Reeve
2013 - L. David Roebuck & W.A. Derry Millar
2014 - Michal Fairburn
2015 - Samuel S. Marr
2016 - Donald Bayne