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Internationally acclaimed scholar receives honorary LLD from Law Society

21 juin 2018

June 21, 2018  LONDON, ON - The Law Society of Ontario presented a degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa(LLD), to Professor Bruce Elman, at its Call to the Bar ceremony in London on June 20, 2018 at the London Convention Centre.  

As part of its Call ceremonies each year, the Law Society awards honorary doctorates to distinguished people in recognition of outstanding achievements in the legal profession, the rule of law, and the cause of justice. Recipients serve as inspirational keynote speakers for the new lawyers attending the ceremonies. 

Professor Elman received the honorary LLD in recognition of his distinguished academic career and his renowned teaching abilities and educational leadership. He was also recognized for his immense contributions to the legal profession as a whole.  

Called to the Bar of Alberta in 1979, and the Bar of Ontario in 2002, he is currently a Professor of Law at the University of Windsor, where he teaches in the areas of Constitutional Law, the Legal Profession, and Legal Ethics. From 2000 to 2011, he served as the university's Dean of Law.  

Prior to joining the University of Windsor, Professor Elman was Belzberg Professor of Constitutional Law and Chair of the Centre for Constitutional Studies at the Faculty of Law, University of Alberta. He joined the University of Alberta in 1975 and attained the rank of Professor in 1985 and from 1991-1994, he served as Associate Dean of Law. 

Professor Elman has been Visiting Professor of Law and Canadian Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem on two occasions, 1988-1989 and 1995-96. He has also been a Visiting Scholar at Stanford Law School (1981-82) and a Visiting Professor at Niigata University in Japan (1994). More recently, he was a Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto and Scholar in Residence at the Centre for the Legal Profession (2011-12). 

He frequently speaks to professional and academic audiences on constitutional laws and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, ethics and professional responsibility, legal education and law reform. 

In addition to his academic responsibilities, Professor Elman serves as the Integrity Commissioner for the City of Windsor and the Town of Amherstburg. (See full biography online.)  

Law Society Treasurer, Paul Schabas awarded the honorary LLD to Professor Elman, who then delivered the keynote address to the 120 new lawyers at the ceremony.  

More than 1,600 new lawyers will be called to the Bar at five ceremonies throughout the province in June.  

The Law Society regulates lawyers and paralegals in Ontario in the public interest. The Law Society has a mandate to protect the public interest, to maintain and advance the cause of justice and the rule of law, to facilitate access to justice for the people of Ontario and act in a timely, open and efficient manner.  

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