Rewarding Excellence in Advocacy


Members of The Advocates’ Society are, and always have been, leaders in their profession – both inside and outside the courtroom. Our awards recognize the very best.


The Advocates’ Society Medal

Established over forty years ago, The Advocates’ Society Medal is the highest expression of esteem the Society can convey to one of its members.



The Arleen Goss Young Advocates’ Award

This award is presented to a young advocate under ten years of call,  in recognition of innovative and passionate advocacy and a demonstrated concern for advancement of social justice.



The Advocates’ Society Award for Excellence in Teaching

This award is presented to those who have made an outstanding contribution in the classroom and to the profession.



The Award of Justice

The Award of Justice honours advocates who exemplify the finest traditions of advocacy while representing the underdogs of society.



The Catzman Award for Professionalism & Civility

This annual award recognizes advocates who demonstrate knowledge of the law, integrity, fairness, civility, generosity of time and expertise and dedication to the highest ideals of the profession.



The David Stockwood Memorial Prize

This biennial award goes to the author of an outstanding advocacy-related article. 


The John P. Nelligan Award for Excellence in Advocacy

Formerly known as the Ottawa Honouree Dinner, this award acknowledges an Ottawa region advocate who exemplifies excellence in advocacy.





The Douglas K. Laidlaw Medal for Excellence in Advocacy

This medal is awarded to an outstanding advocate in his or her middle years of practice.