Breese Davies receives 2017 Laura Legge Award

Posted: 05/25/2017

Breese DaviesBreese Davies received the Laura Legge Award at the 2017 Law Society Awards on May 24th.

She has demonstrated extraordinary achievement and leadership throughout her career as a criminal defence and constitutional lawyer, and has contributed greatly to the advancement and retention of women criminal defence lawyers in Ontario.

“… this award is not so much about recognition of work done – it carries with it a responsibility to continue to work to make our profession a more welcoming and equitable place for everyone,“ she said in her speech.

Called to the Bar in 2000, Breese Davies is the founding partner of Breese Davies Law in Toronto.

In addition to being a highly successful trial and appellate lawyer, she teaches and writes and is involved in a number of community organizations.

As Vice-President of the Criminal Lawyers Association (CLA), she leads the charge in striving for gender balance in the criminal bar, and has been instrumental in expanding female leadership on the CLA Board.

The Laura Legge Award recognizes women lawyers from Ontario who have exemplified leadership within the profession.

The award was established in 2007 in honour of the late Laura Legge, O.Ont., Q.C., the first woman to be elected as a bencher of the Law Society and the first woman to serve as Treasurer.

Eleven exceptional members of the legal professions were honoured by the Law Society on May 24th.