2017 Lincoln Alexander Award goes to Thora H. Espinet
The Law Society recognized Thora H. Espinet with its Lincoln Alexander Award at the 2017 Law Society Awards on May 24th.
One of the first black women lawyers in Ontario, she has demonstrated a passion for community service and has shown leadership in promoting social change and addressing issues of discrimination and equality.
“I accept this award on the shoulders of those courageous individuals whom have paved the road for someone like me,” she said at the ceremony.
Called to the Bar in 1984, Thora Espinet practises as a sole practitioner in the areas of child welfare, family, and criminal law in Toronto. She was also appointed Deputy Judge of the Small Claims Court in 2008.
She gives generously of her time by serving on a number of community and charitable organizations, as well as teaching and speaking.
She founded and was president of the Afro Canadian Congress, an organization committed to empowering African Canadians through educational and community involvement.
The Lincoln Alexander Award was established in 2002 and is awarded annually in recognition of an Ontario lawyer who has demonstrated long-standing interest and commitment to the public and to the pursuit of community service on behalf of residents of Ontario.
The award was created in honour of The Honourable Lincoln M. Alexander, PC, CC, OOnt, CD, QC, LSM, to commemorate his dedication to the people of Ontario and the legal community.
Eleven exceptional members of the legal professions were honoured by the Law Society on May 24th.