Renowned defence lawyer Brian Greenspan receives LLD

Posted: 06/13/2012

The Law Society today awarded an honourary doctorate to renowned defence lawyer, Brian H. Greenspan, at a Call to the Bar ceremony in Toronto.

Mr. Greenspan, whose skill and dedication to the profession of law have made him one of Canada’s most highly regarded trial and appellate lawyers, accepted the LLD before a crowd of 358 new lawyers at Roy Thomson Hall.

“The concept that you have been called to the Bar conveys a sense of mission — a dedication to the public good accompanied by conviction and principle,” he said.

Read his full speech here.

A total of 1,365 new lawyers will be called to Ontario’s Bar at ceremonies throughout the province this month.

Mr. Greenspan is one of four individuals the Law Society will recognize with an LLD in June.

The Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Nobel laureate, Dr. Shirin Ebadi and lawyer W. A. Derry Millar are also being recognized.

Mr. Greenspan is a partner at the Toronto firm Greenspan, Humphrey, Lavine.

He received his BA from the University of Toronto in 1968 and his LLB from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1971. He was awarded the Laidlaw Foundation Fellowship and received his LLM from the London School of Economics in 1972. He was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1974.

He taught the administration of criminal justice at Osgoode Hall Law School (1977 – 1984) and was a special lecturer in criminal law at the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto Law School (1984 – 1998). He was a member of the faculty of the Federation of Law Societies Criminal Law Program (1979 – 1998).

He was president of the Criminal Lawyers’ Association (Ontario) (1989 – 1993) and was the founding chair of the Canadian Council of Criminal Defence Lawyers (1992 – 1996). He was a member of the Ontario Judicial Appointments Advisory Committee (1997 – 1999), a director of the Advocates’ Society (2000 – 2003), a member of the President’s International Advisory Council of the University of Toronto (2004 – 2010) and a member of the Ontario Securities Commission Enforcement Advisory Committee (2007 – 2009).

He is a member of the Ontario Regional Committee of the Supreme Court Advocacy Institute, a member of the board of directors of the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted (AIDWYC) Foundation, Book Clubs for Inmates and the Society for the Reform of the Criminal Law.

Greenspan is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a Fellow of the International Society of Barristers. In 2002, he was awarded the Douglas K. Laidlaw Medal for excellence in oral advocacy, and in 2010, received the G. Arthur Martin Medal in Criminal Justice for contributions to criminal justice in Canada.