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The Advocates' Society Medal

Advocates' Society Medal

The Advocates’ Society Medal is the highest expression of esteem that the Society can convey to one of its members. It is intended to honour those who have demonstrated clearly their pre-eminence as counsel and who are acknowledged unequivocally as leaders of the bar, who have been dedicated and active members of The Advocates’ Society, and who have made a significant contribution to the profession of law and to the well-being of the community at large. Members of the Advocates’ Society are invited to submit nominations for the Medal. Each nomination should include the nominee’s curriculum vitae and a statement of how the nominee meets the criteria for the Medal.

 

Recipients:

1974 - Joseph Sedgwick, Q.C. 2003 - C. Scott Ritchie, Q.C.
1975 - Arthur E. Maloney, Q.C. 2003 - The Honourable Eleanore A. Cronk
1976 - John J. Robinette, Q.C. 2006 - Austin M. Cooper, Q.C.
1977 - Isadore Levinter, Q.C. 2008 - Sheila R. Block
1980 - Walter B. Williston, Q.C. 2008 - Kristopher H. Knutsen, Q.C.
1983 - Brendan O'Brien, Q.C. 2009 - Edward L. Greespan, Q.C.
1985 - Douglas K. Laidlaw, Q.C., posthumously 2010 - Ronald G. Slaght, Q.C.
1987 - The Honourable John D. Arnup, Q.C. 2011 - The Honourable W. Ian C. Binnie
1988 - The Honourable G.Arthur Martin, Q.C. 2012 - Marlys Edwardh, C.M., LSM
1990 - Charles F. McKeon, Q.C. 2013 - The Honourable Associate Chief Justice
           Dennis O'Connor
1995 - John P. Nelligan, Q.C. 2014 - Philippa G. Samworth
1996 - Earl A. Cherniak, Q.C.

2016 - James C. Simmons, Q.C.

1999 - David W. Scott, Q.C. 2017 - Stephen Grant, LSM
1999 - Kenneth E. Howie, Q.C.

 

Stephen Grant

The Advocates' Society is proud to announce that The 2017 Advocates’ Society Medal has been awarded to Stephen Grant, LSM, Grant & Sadvari.








The Advocates’ Society Medal Dinner

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Reception: 6:00 p.m.
Dinner: 7:00 p.m.
The Hilton Toronto

145 Richmond St. W.

Toronto, ON.
Dress: Business Attire

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Premier Sponsor:

Cohen Hamilton Steger


Master of Ceremonies:

Martha A. McCarthy, LSM, Martha McCarthy & Company


Dinner Speakers:

Melanie Battaglia, Grant & Sadvari
Erin Crawford, Grant & Sadvari
Jennifer A. McKendry, McCarthy Tétrault LLP
Ian J. Roland, Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein LLP
Benjamin Zarnett, LSM, Goodmans LLP


Registration closes Wednesday, February 8, 2017.


 

The Arleen Goss Young Advocates' Award

 

The Advocates' Society Arleen Goss Young Advocates' Award is presented in recognition of distinguished advocacy to an individual demonstrating the following qualifications and characteristics:

  • A record of innovative and passionate advocacy;
  • A demonstrated concern for and contribution to the advancement of social justice;
  • A well-rounded person actively involved in and committed to his or her community;
  • Engaged in the practice of law for 10 years or less with a principal focus on advocacy, and
  • A member in good standing of The Law Society of Upper Canada.

Arleen GossArleen A. Goss passed away on December 10, 2002 at the age of 40, after a lengthy battle with cancer. She practised initially as a defense lawyer in the firm of Stern & Goss and then, for the last five years of her life, as an assistant Crown Attorney with the Ministry of the Attorney General of Ontario. She was an enthusiastic member of The Advocates' Society, active in educational and social events for young advocates. Arleen is remembered for her passion for the law and for the energy with which she lived her life.

Recipients:
2004 - M. Kate Stephenson
2005 - Vilko Zbogar
2007 - Joseph Di Luca
2009 - Daniel Guttman

2011 - Lucas E. Lung

2013 - Katherine Hensel

2016 - Jacqueline Swaisland

The Arleen Goss Award was presented at the End of Term Dinner on June 16, 2016. 

 

Selection Criteria


The successful candidate for the Arleen Goss Award will be a person who is deemed by the Selection Committee to exemplify the following qualities and characteristics:

  • A record of innovative and passionate advocacy;
  • A demonstrated concern for and contribution to the advancement of social justice;
  • Well-rounded and actively involved in and committed to his or her community;
  • Engaged in the practice of law for 10 years or less with a principal focus on advocacy.

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.

 

For further information, please contact Rachel Stewart, Senior Events & Marketing Coordinator: rachel@advocates.ca.


 

The Advocates’ Society Award for Excellence in Teaching

This award honours those who have made an outstanding contribution in the classroom and to the profession.  The purpose of the award is to promote excellence in the teaching of advocacy skills.  The recipients are honoured for their commitment to The Advocates’ Society education programs (measured by number, geographical location and type of programs the individuals participate in), consistently excellent teaching based on participant evaluations from The Advocates’ Society education programs and professionalism in all aspects of his or her participation in education programming. For further information, please contact Rose Yanco, Director of Education, rose@advocates.ca.


Recipients:

2005 - Joel B. Kohm

2009 - John M. Buhlman

2012 - Barbara J. Murchie & Alf Kwinter

2013 - The Hon. Justice Wendy Matheson

2014 - Robert B. Bell

2015 - Gary Caplan & Leslie Dizgun

2016 - Laura B. Stewart


 

The Award of Justice

 

The Award of JusticeThe Advocates' Society Award of Justice is intended to honour advocates who exemplify the finest traditions of advocacy in representing members of our society whose cause may be politically or socially unpopular or against the mainstream. Representation of the least popular of such individuals may place personal and professional burdens on an advocate, but for the unpopular individual or group, access to our justice system and the full protection of the law depends on an advocate with skills of the finest quality being willing to take on the case.

 

Congratulations to Joseph J. Arvay, Q.C. who has been selected as the 2015 recipient of The Award of Justice. The award was presented on October 27, 2015 in Toronto.

 

The 2015 Award of Justice was be Presented to

Joseph J. Arvay, Q.C., Farris LLP

 

Join us for this celebration of excellence in advocacy. The Advocates' Society Award of Justice is intended to honour advocates who exemplify the finest traditions of advocacy in representing members of our society whose cause may be politically or socially unpopular or against the mainstream.

 

Joseph J. Arvay, Q.C.Award of Justice

to Joseph J. Arvay, Q.C., Farris LLP

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Reception: 6:00 p.m.

Dinner: 7:00 p.m.

Convocation Hall, Osgoode Hall

130 Queen St. W.

Toronto, ON.

Dress: Business Attire

 

 

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Master of Ceremonies:

Martha McCarthy, LSM, Martha McCarthy and Co.

 

Dinner Speakers:

Prof. Benjamin Berger, Osgoode Hall Law School
Cynthia Petersen, Partner, Goldblatt Partners LLP

 

Past Recipients:
1997 - Raj Anand 
1999 - Jeffery H. Wilson
2000 - Barbara L. Jackman
2003 - M. David Lepofsky
2006 - Jacquie Chic
2008 - Susan M. Vella

2010 - Lawrence Greenspon

2012 - James Lockyer

2015 - Joseph J. Arvay, Q.C.

 

The Award of Justice was designed and executed by the Canadian metal artist and jeweller Ivaan Kotulsky. The gryphon was chosen for the image of the award because of its heraldic significance and ancient connection with the law. It was said to be the offspring of a lion and an eagle, and Sir Thomas Browne records that it is emblematic of watchfulness, courage, perseverance and rapidity of execution. The emblem has been used privately to some extent, but was, at a very early time, adapted by Gray's Inn. This association may have been the beginning of its use as symbolic of the law.

 

For further information, please contact Rachel Stewart, Senior Events & Marketing Coordinator: rachel@advocates.ca.


 

 

The Catzman Award for Professionalism & Civility


Justice Marvin A. CatzmanThe 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, in memory of the Honourable Marvin A. Catzman of the Court of Appeal for Ontario. The annual Award recognizes individuals who demonstrate the qualities exemplified by Justice Catzman throughout his distinguished career: knowledge of the law, integrity, fairness, civility, generosity of time and expertise, and dedication to the highest ideals of the legal profession through writing and lecturing. The Catzman Award is presented annually by the Chief Justice of Ontario at the Opening of the Courts Ceremony. 

The successful candidate for the Catzman Award will be a person who is deemed by the Selection Committee to exemplify the following qualities:

  • An exemplary knowledge of the law;
  • Integrity & Fairness;
  • Civility;
  • Generosity of time and expertise, with a commitment to mentorship and/or legal education; and
  • Dedication to the highest ideals of the legal profession

2016 Selection Committee Members:

The Honourable Justice Kathryn N. Feldman

The Honourable Dennis O’Connor, Q.C.

The Honourable R. Roy McMurtry, Q.C., LSM

Paul B. Schabas

Bradley E. Berg

Julie Catzman

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.

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

 

David Bayne

Congratulations to The 2016 Catzman Award recipient, Donald Bayne, Bayne, Sellar, Boxall. The award will be presented at the Opening of the Courts in Toronto (September 13, 2016) and Ottawa (September 28, 2016).

 

2016 Catzman Award Presentation

Opening of the Courts - Toronto

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

3:30 p.m.

Toronto Court House

361 University Ave.

Courtroom No. 6-1


2016 Catzman Award Presentation

Opening of the Courts - Ottawa

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

4:00 p.m.
Ottawa Courthouse

161 Elgin St.

Courtroom 37


For further information, please contact Rachel Stewart, Senior Events & Marketing Coordinator: rachel@advocates.ca.


The David Stockwood Memorial Prize


The Advocates’ Society and Stockwoods LLP established the David Stockwood Memorial Prize to honour the contribution of David Stockwood, Q.C., LSM, who served as the editor of The Advocates' Society Journal from 1991 - 2008.

 

Recipients:

2009 - Pamela D. Pengelley

2012 - John Adair

2014 - David Campbell

2016 - Erin Pleet

 

The Advocates' Society will award a prize of $1,000 to the author of a previously unpublished, advocacy-related article judged for its merit by a panel. The winning submission will be published in The Advocates' Journal. In recognition of the effort David made to advance the careers of younger members of the profession, we particularly encourage submissions from lawyers in their first 10 years of practice.

 

Articles must be a maximum of 3,500 words in length, submitted electronically in Word format. Please include name and contact information.

 

The award was presented at the End of Term Dinner on June 16, 2016 in Toronto.

 

For further information, please contact Rachel Stewart, Senior Events & Marketing Coordinator: rachel@advocates.ca.

 


 

The John P. Nelligan Award for Excellence in Advocacy
(formerly the Ottawa Honouree Dinner)

 

The Advocates’ Society is proud to announce an exciting change to its annual Ottawa Honouree Dinner. On August 16, 2016, the Society’s Board of Directors approved a new selection process and a new name - The John P. Nelligan Award for Excellence in Advocacy.

 
This award has been established to celebrate and acknowledge the outstanding contributions of John P. Nelligan, Q.C., LSM – long-time member and the first Ottawa President of The Advocates’ Society. Mr. Nelligan continues to exemplify excellence and a commitment to advocacy. He has held numerous leadership positions in the legal community and for decades has been a committed mentor and teacher of advocacy.


This annual tribute will be presented to an advocate from Ottawa and the surrounding region who exemplies excellence in advocacy and meets the following criteria:

  • Practices advocacy in the Ottawa and the surrounding region
  • Has clearly demonstrated their distinction as counsel, having made a signicant contribution to the profession of law and to the well-being of the community at large
  • Has been a dedicated and active member of The Advocates’ Society; and
  • Is a current member of The Advocates’ Society and in good standing with the Law Society of Upper Canada


Each nomination should include the nominee’s curriculum vitae and a statement of how the nominee meets the criteria for The John P. Nelligan Award for Excellence in Advocacy.


The award will be presented at a dinner in Ottawa in Spring 2017.


Nomination Deadline: November 4, 2016. Please send nominations in electronic format to Rachel Stewart: rachel@advocates.ca.

 
Past Honourees:

1995 – John P. Nelligan, Q.C., LSM
2002 – F. Allan Huckabone, Q.C.

2004 – Wayne B. Spooner, Q.C. & David Sgayias, Q.C.

2005 – M. James O’Grady, Q.C.

2006 – Greg P. Kelly, Q.C.

2007 – Janice B. Payne

2008 – B. Donald Rasmussen

2009 – Bruce Carr-Harris, LSM

2010 – Brian A. Crane, Q.C.

2011 – Donald B. Bayne

2012 – Robert E. Houston, Q.C.

2013 – Barbara A. McIsaac, Q.C.
2014 - Jacques A. Emond

2015 - Bryan A. Carroll

2016 - Mary Jane Binks, Q.C.

 


 

The Douglas K. Laidlaw Medal for Excellence in Advocacy
(The Laidlaw Medal)
The Laidlaw Medal


The Laidlaw Medal is an award for excellence in advocacy to an advocate in his or her middle years of practice. The medal honours Douglas K. Laidlaw, Q.C., a leading Canadian litigator who was killed in a traffic

accident in Toronto in 1984 at the height of his career. He joined McCarthy & McCarthy in 1956, and by the time of his death in 1984, he had argued more than 50 appeals to the Supreme Court of Canada covering many areas of law. Doug Laidlaw had strong connections to The Advocates’ Society. He was a Founding Member in 1963,  served as a Director (1966-1969) and was Chair of the Professional Conduct Committee.  Doug Laidlaw was awarded The Advocates’ Society Medal posthumously in 1985.

The Laidlaw Medal will honour a member of the profession who:

  • is in the middle years of his or her career in advocacy, having practiced within the range of 10 – 20 years;
  • has distinguished him/herself as an outstanding oral advocate in civil and/or criminal matters;
  • has actively participated in the training and mentoring of junior members of the Bar in the art and science of oral advocacy;
  • is held in high regard by the Members of the Bench and Bar; and
  • has been an active member of The Advocates’ Society.

Preference may be given to Society members who have not been previously honoured by the profession. The recipient must be a lawyer in good standing with the Law Society of Upper Canada and is required to be a member of The Advocates’ Society. The Laidlaw Medal will be awarded every three years at the End of Term Dinner.

 

Rob Centa  

Congratulations to Robert Centa of Paliare Roland Barristers, recipient of the 2014 Laidlaw Medal. The Medal was presented to Rob on June 19, 2014 at the End of Term Dinner.


For more information about Rob, click here  http://www.paliareroland.com/lawyers/details/robert-centa

 


The Roger Fisher Negotiation Training Scholarship


Call for Applications


Applications for The Roger Fisher Negotiation Training Scholarship are invited until October 28, 2016. One Scholarship will be awarded annually. The Scholarship entitles the recipient to attend the Become a Powerful Negotiator Workshop, offered by the Stitt Feld Handy Group (see www.sfhgroup.com).


Qualifications:
Applicants must be residents of Ontario and demonstrate:

  1. Why the applicant would not otherwise be able to obtain negotiation training;
  2. How the applicant has demonstrated an interest in negotiation skills and dispute resolution;
  3. How the community-at-large, and/or public interest, community or pro bono organizations or companies providing such services with which the applicant is involved would benefit from the applicant strengthening his/her negotiation and dispute resolution skills, thereby leveraging the value of the training beyond the Scholarship recipient; and
  4. How the applicant would benefit personally from negotiation training.


Application form: The Application Form for the Scholarship can be obtained from the website of the ADR Institute of Ontario at http://adric.ca/the-roger-fishernegotiation-training-scholarship/


What does the Scholarship cover?
The Scholarship covers the registration fees for Become a Powerful Negotiator Workshop, a negotiation training course based on Roger Fisher’s negotiation theories and approaches. The Scholarship recipient must take the course within 12 months of receiving the Scholarship. The Scholarship recipient is responsible for his/her own travel, accommodation and other expenses.


Deadline for applications:
Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m., October 28, 2016. See the Application Form for details on how to submit an application.


How will the Scholarship recipient be selected?
The Roger Fisher Tribute Scholarship Committee, comprising representatives of the ADR Institute of Canada, The Advocates’ Society, the Ontario Bar Association, The Law Society of Upper Canada, the Ontario Community Mediation Coalition, and other leaders in the ADR community, will select the 2016 Scholarship winner.


Background to the Scholarship:
The Roger Fisher Negotiation Training Scholarship was created as part of the lasting legacy of The Roger Fisher Tribute held in Toronto in 2007. The Tribute involved 26 legal and ADR organizations from around the world coming together to honour the late Roger Fisher for his lifetime of achievements in dispute resolution.

 

 


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