Call for Nominations: 2018 Law Society Awards

Posted: 12/04/2017

Who will you nominate?

Deadline: January 26, 2018

Do you know an outstanding professional who has contributed to the community and exhibited leadership and achievement in their practice?

The Law Society invites nominations for the 2018 Law Society awards: the Law Society Medal, the Lincoln Alexander Award and the Laura Legge Award. Paralegals are eligible for the William J. Simpson Distinguished Paralegal Award. Both lawyers and paralegals are eligible for the J. Shirley Denison Award.

Nominations are encouraged for members from all communities, practice areas, firm sizes and regions across the province.

Filing a Nomination

To file a nomination, the Nominator is asked to complete the online nomination form. Only one online form is required per nomination. If you are a supporter of a nomination, you do not have to fill out the online nomination form.

File a nomination package that includes the following:

  • A letter of nomination setting out the reasons for the nomination and background information on the nominee’s outstanding service and achievements as they relate to the award (recommended length not to exceed 2000 words – PDF format);
  • A current curriculum vitae or bio (PDF format); and
  • Letters of support from other members of the Law Society or the public supporting the nomination (5-10 letters recommended – PDF format).

We encourage the Nominator to file the nomination together with letters of support as one package. You can file your nomination using the online form, email or by regular mail.

File online:

To file online, the Nominator simply follows the instructions to fill out the online nomination form. The form allows you to attach all supporting documents.

File by email:

To file by email, the Nominator completes the online nomination form. You can submit the letter of nomination and letters of support to submissions@lsuc.on.ca. Please indicate the award and name of the candidate being nominated in your subject line. For example:

Re: Law Society Medal Nomination, Jane Nancy Smith
Re: Lincoln Alexander Award Nomination, John David Smith

The letter of nomination, letters of support and other accompanying material submitted by email should all be in PDF format.

File by mail:

To file by regular mail, the Nominator is asked to complete the online nomination form. The nomination package can be sent to this address:

The Law Society Awards Committee
The Law Society of Upper Canada
130 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON
M5H 2N6

Nominations will be considered for two consecutive years and do not have to be refiled the second year.

Selection Process

Nominations for the Law Society Medal, the Lincoln Alexander Award, the Laura Legge Award and the J. Shirley Denison Award are reviewed by the Law Society Awards Committee. The Treasurer of the Law Society chairs the committee.

The committee is composed of the Treasurer of the Law Society, six benchers of the Law Society, the Chief Justice of Ontario, the chair of Ontario Law Deans, the president of the Ontario Bar Association, the president of The Advocates’ Society and the chair of the Federation of Ontario Law Associations. The committee will review all of the nominations and report to Convocation in camera with their recommendations for the awards. The committee’s recommendations must be approved by Convocation.

The nominations for the William J. Simpson Distinguished Paralegal Award are reviewed by the Paralegal Award Selection Committee comprised of all five paralegal benchers of the Paralegal Standing Committee, the vice-chair of the Paralegal Standing Committee, a lay bencher member of the Paralegal Standing Committee and the Treasurer of the Law Society or designate. The selection committee will review all of the nominations and report to Convocation in camera with their recommendation for the award. The committee’s recommendation must be approved by Convocation.

More information

For more information about the Law Society Awards, visit the Law Society website. Please direct any questions to submissions@lsuc.on.ca, 416-947-3946 or 1-800-668-7380 ext 3946.