Awards



 

 

 

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 ¬e 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.


Nomination deadline: June 30, 2016


Please send nominations in electronic format to Rachel Stewart. E-mail: rachel@advocates.ca | Tel: 1-888-597-0243 Ext: 114

 

Recipients:

1974 - Joseph Sedgwick, Q.C. 1999 - Kenneth E. Howie, Q.C.
1975 - Arthur E. Maloney, Q.C. 2003 - C. Scott Ritchie, Q.C.
1976 - John J. Robinette, Q.C. 2003 - The Honourable Eleanore A. Cronk
1977 - Isadore Levinter, Q.C. 2006 - Austin M. Cooper, Q.C.
1980 - Walter B. Williston, Q.C. 2008 - Sheila R. Block
1983 - Brendan O'Brien, Q.C. 2008 - Kristopher H. Knutsen, Q.C.
1985 - Douglas K. Laidlaw, Q.C., posthumously 2009 - Edward L. Greespan, Q.C.
1987 - The Honourable John D. Arnup, Q.C. 2010 - Ronald G. Slaght, Q.C.
1988 - The Honourable G.Arthur Martin, Q.C. 2011 - The Honourable W. Ian C. Binnie
1990 - Charles F. McKeon, Q.C. 2012 - Marlys Edwardh, C.M., LSM
1995 - John P. Nelligan, Q.C. 2013 - The Honourable Associate Chief Justice
           Dennis O'Connor
1996 - Earl A. Cherniak, Q.C.

2014 - Philippa G. Samworth

1999 - David W. Scott, Q.C. 2016 - James C. Simmons, Q.C.

 

James C. Simmons, Q.C.

The Advocates' Society is proud to announce that The 2016 Advocates’ Society Medal has been awarded to James C. Simmons, Q.C., Weaver, Simmons LLP.










 


 

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

 

 

Click here to view the photo gallery

 

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. 

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2016 Catzman Award.


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

Treasurer, The Law Society of Upper Canada

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.


The deadline for this year is May 27, 2016.  Nominations can be sent electronically to Rachel Stewart, Senior Events and Marketing Coordinator at rachel@advocates.ca.

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

 

Samuel S. Marr  

Congratulations to the The 2015 Catzman Award winner, Samuel S. Marr.

The award was presented at the Opening of the Courts on September 24, 2015.

 

2015 Catzman Award Presentation

Opening of the Courts

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Click here to view the photo gallery

 

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.

 


 

Ottawa Honouree Dinner

 

The Ottawa Honouree Dinner is a tribute to a member of the bar in the Ottawa region. This dinner is a celebration of excellence for a leading advocate who has demonstrated their distinction as counsel, made a significant contribution to the profession of law and to the well being of the community at large.

 

Congratulations to Mary Jane Binks, Q.C., the 2016 Ottawa Honouree. The celebration dinner will take place on Wednesday, April 6, 2016. Click here for more information.

 

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

 

 

 


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