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The Law Society Medal

Each year, the Law Society of Ontario awards the Law Society Medal to selected lawyers who have made a significant contribution to the profession.

The award is given for outstanding service within the profession, whether in the area of practice, in the academic sphere, or in some other professional capacity where the service is in accordance with the highest ideals of the legal profession. It may be awarded for devotion to professional duties over a long term or for a single outstanding act of service.

2019 recipients

Aldo Braida
Called to the Bar in 1955, Aldo Braida has dedicated more than 60 years to the practice of law in Guelph and Acton. He has devoted countless volunteer hours to public service and has been an advocate and supporter of many projects that have benefited veterans, seniors and palliative care patients and their families in his community.

Tom Curry
Called to the Bar in 1986, Tom Curry is being recognized for his outstanding skills as a trial and appellate counsel and for his deep and abiding commitment to his clients and the administration of justice and the rule of law. He is considered a generous mentor to junior lawyers and a great leader of his firm and within the profession.

Professor Jeffery Hewitt
Called to the Bar in 1998, Jeffery Hewitt is an exemplary role model as an academic, advocate and leader. He has dedicated his professional academic career, which has focused on Indigenous legal orders and governance, constitutional and administrative law and human rights and remedies, to advancing the goal of reconciliation. He continues to provide invaluable inspiration on countless Indigenous legal initiatives centered on education and Indigenous justice.

Cheryl Milne
Called to the Bar in 1987, Cheryl Milne has had a profound and unique influence on the Canadian legal landscape as a child rights advocate. She is a leading constitutional and Charter rights litigator, an innovative experiential legal educator, and a generous legal community volunteer. She provided front-line legal services to children and teenagers across a wide range of legal needs for many years and now leads constitutional advocacy in an academic centre she helped to create.

Guy Pratte 
Called to the Bar in 1984 (and the Québec Bar in 2002), Guy Pratte is an exemplary advocate and generous contributor to his community. He is recognized as one of Canada’s leading bilingual lawyers. In addition, he is recognized as a leader in access to justice and pro bono services. He is currently Chair of Pro Bono Ontario and the founding member of Pro Bono Quebec and Borden Ladner Gervais LLP’s national pro bono program.

Professor Carol Rogerson
Called to the Bar in 1991, Carol Rogerson is recognized as a leading Canadian scholar in the area of support law. Her work in developing the Spousal Support Advisory Guidelines has had a profound impact on the operation of the family justice system across Canada. She has played a pivotal role in shaping family law and policy in Canada.

Susan Ursel 
Called to the Bar in 1986, Susan Ursel is being recognized for her exceptional achievements in labour and employment law and for championing equality rights for the LGBTQ+ communities. Her ground-breaking cases and involvement in LGBTQ+ initiatives have had considerable impact in advancing human rights in Canada and abroad.

Frank Walwyn 
Called to the Bar in 1995, Frank Walwyn is being recognized as a leader in the legal profession and as a trailblazer in the Black legal community in Ontario. He is the longest serving President of the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers and has championed equity and diversity in the legal profession, making invaluable contributions to the legal community as a whole.

2018 recipients

Lenny Abramowicz
Called to the Bar in 1987, Lenny Abramowicz has committed his career to the Ontario community legal clinic system, starting with his articles in 1986 at the Parkdale Legal Clinic, and most recently as the Executive Director of the Association of Community Legal Clinics of Ontario. For the past 30 years, Mr. Abramowicz has worked tirelessly to promote access to justice and equality for low-income Ontarians.

Kathleen Lickers
Called to the Bar in 1995, Kathleen Lickers, a Seneca from Six Nations of the Grand River, is widely recognized for her work in Indigenous affairs. She is renowned for her expert counsel and as an accomplished negotiator between Indigenous agencies, First Nation governments and federal and provincial ministries.

John Andrew Olthuis
Called to the Ontario Bar in 1987, the Newfoundland and Labrador Bar in 2015 and the Alberta Bar in 1965, John Olthuis has spent 40 years working with First Nations across Canada from Labrador to the Northwest Territories for recognition and implementation of their Aboriginal and Treaty Rights, including finding innovative ways to secure cultural and habitat protection and economic benefits from projects they consent to in their Traditional Territories.  

Gilles LeVasseur
Called to the Bar in 1994, Gilles LeVasseur, a proud Franco-Ontarian, has dedicated much of his career to working to protect, promote and enhance the constitutional and language rights of Ontario’s Francophone community, including human rights. 

Professor Carissima Mathen
Called to the Bar in 1994, Carissima Mathen has championed women’s equality, respect for the rule of law and public legal education throughout her career. From her work on ground-breaking sexual violence cases, to her constitutional scholarship and informative public commentary, she has become one of Canada’s leading legal voices. 

Walter Martin Traub
Called to the Bar in 1973, Walter Traub is highly regarded as one of Canada’s foremost experts and authorities in real estate and mortgage law. He is the Editor in Chief of the leading book on mortgage law in Canada, “Falconbridge on Mortgages” published by Canada Law Book in 2003 and he has made a remarkable contribution to the law and practice of real estate through his role as a teacher, mentor, writer and leader in the real estate bar.

 

medalHistory of the medal

Originally struck in 1985, the Law Society Medal has been awarded to more than 100 lawyers in recognition of distinguished service.

The Medal is made of sterling silver and is in the shape of a heraldic rose; the petals covered in white enamel. The white rose of York was chosen because it forms part of the Law Society’s coat of arms; it symbolizes the fact that the Law Society's seat was in York County, and that Toronto was called York at the time when Osgoode Hall was created in 1829.

The Law Society's motto, "Let Right Prevail," appears in a red enamel circle in the centre of the rose, surrounded by a stag. The stag came originally from the coat of arms of Sir John Beverly Robinson, an early Treasurer. A beaver was also included as it appears in the Law Society's coat of arms.

Recipients of the Medal are permitted to wear it on appropriate occasions, and can also use the designation LSM (short for Law Society Medal) after their names.

See a list of all recipients of the Law Society Medal.