2017 Law Society Award recipients
The Law Society Medal, the William J. Simpson Distinguished Paralegal Award, the Lincoln Alexander Award, the Laura Legge Award, and the inaugural J. Shirley Denison Award will be presented at Osgoode Hall on May 24, 2017.
“The Law Society is extremely pleased and proud to celebrate the achievements of these 11 exceptional legal professionals,” says Law Society Treasurer Paul B. Schabas. “Their commitment to serving society and the legal professions is exemplary and we look forward to presenting them with the Law Society’s highest awards of recognition.”
Law Society Medal
The 2017 Law Society Medal recipients are:
- Patrick Case, Guelph: Called to the Bar in 1988, Patrick Case has shown extraordinary leadership advocating for social justice in the area of equity and racism and has led the way in establishing policies and practices on how to address racism.
- Larry Chartrand, Ottawa: Called to the Bar in 1991, he is widely recognized for his work advancing Aboriginal and Metis rights. He is a leader and an innovator in the study of Aboriginal Law and is one of the country’s top scholars on Metis constitutional rights.
- Sarah E. Colquhoun, Thunder Bay: Called to the Bar in 1984, Sarah Colquhoun is a recognized for her leadership and advocacy, having devoted her career to increasing social justice for low income people and First Nation communities in Ontario’s Northwest.
- Michael Eizenga, Toronto: Called to the Bar in 1991, Michael Eizenga has established himself as an undisputed leader in the class action Bar. He is also recognized for his outstanding commitment to public service and volunteerism.
- Marie Henein, LL.B., LL.M, Toronto: Called to the Bar in 1992, Marie Henein is being recognized for her outstanding skills as a criminal defence lawyer with a deep and abiding commitment to the administration of justice and the rule of law.
- Joanna Radbord, Toronto: Called to the Bar in 1999, Joanna Radbord is being recognized for her numerous contributions to LGBTQ rights, family law, constitutional and human rights in the province of Ontario.
- Gary Yee, Toronto: Called to the Bar in 1985, Gary Yee is being recognized for his activism and advocacy for Chinese and other racialized communities, including the redress campaign against the Chinese Head Tax and Exclusion Act, as well as for his leadership in administrative justice and the tribunal sector.
Lincoln Alexander Award
The 2017 Lincoln Alexander Award recipient is Thora H. Espinet, Toronto.
Called to the Bar in 1984, Thora Espinet is recognized as one of the first black women lawyers in Ontario. She has demonstrated a passion towards community service and leadership in promoting social change as well as addressing issues of discrimination and equality.
Laura Legge Award
The 2017 Laura Legge Award recipient is Breese Davies, Toronto.
Called to the Bar in 2000, Breese Davies has demonstrated extraordinary achievement and leadership throughout her career as a criminal defence and constitutional lawyer. She has contributed greatly to the advancement and retention of women criminal defence lawyers in Ontario.
William J. Simpson Distinguished Paralegal Award
The 2017 William J. Simpson Distinguished Paralegal Award recipient is Dena D. Castro, Hamilton.
Licensed in 2012, Edwarda Castro has demonstrated extraordinary dedication and an exemplary work ethic as a licensed paralegal at a criminal law firm in Hamilton. In addition, she played a critical role in establishing the Drug Treatment Court Program for the Ontario Court of Justice in Hamilton and volunteers at numerous community and charitable organizations.
J. Shirley Denison Award
The 2017 J. Shirley Denison Award recipient is Grace Alcaide Janicas, Sault Ste. Marie.
Called to the Bar in 1994, Grace Alcaide Janicas has worked in the community legal clinic system in northern Ontario for more than 20 years. She has shown a deep commitment to serving those most marginalized and disadvantaged in her work as a lawyer and through volunteer activities.