Former Treasurer invested with Order of Ontario

Posted: 04/14/2013

Sydney Lewis RobinsThe Honourable Sydney L. Robins, 0.0nt., Q.C., LSM, former Treasurer of the Law Society, was invested with the Order of Ontario and awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal at a ceremony in February 2013.

A prominent figure in Ontario’s legal profession for more than 60 years, Mr. Robins served as special lecturer on torts at Osgoode Hall Law School (1948–60), and participated in many continuing legal education sessions for the Law Society.

Mr. Robins was first elected a bencher in 1961 and served as Treasurer for a three-year term (1971–74). He was recognized by the Law Society with an honorary LLD in 1981, and the Law Society Medal in 2000.

In 1976, he was appointed to the Supreme Court of Ontario, and, in 1981,
to the Court of Appeal for Ontario. As a judge, Mr. Robins authored many decisions cited frequently in courts across the country. He retired from the bench in 1998.

Appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1962, Mr. Robins attended Harvard Law School on scholarship and received his Master of Laws degree in 1948. He was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1947 after graduating from Osgoode Hall Law School.

He has written landmark reports, including an advisory opinion on the issue of compensation for the wrongfully convicted in the matter of Steven Truscott for the Ontario government (2008), and the report Protecting Our Students: A review to identify and prevent sexual misconduct in Ontario schools (2000).

The founding chair of the Law Foundation of Ontario was senior partner in the Toronto firm of Robins & Robins, where he practised corporate, commercial and labour law. The Advocates’ Society named him one of 50 remarkable Ontario advocates who practised between 1950 and 2000, in the book Learned Friends by Jack Batten.

In 1998, Mr. Robins joined Goodmans LLP as counsel. Since 2009, he has been named in the Best Lawyers® in Canada peer-review list under Alternative Dispute Resolution and International Arbitration.