Gary Yee receives Law Society Medal for extraordinary activism and advocacy

Posted: 05/25/2017

Gary YeeThe Law Society has recognized Gary Yee’s activism and advocacy for Chinese and other racialized communities, and his leadership in administrative justice.

He was awarded the Law Society Medal at the 2017 Law Society Awards ceremony on May 24th.

Let’s understand diversity and practise inclusion, so we can confront our discomfort with ‘otherness,” he urged the audience at the ceremony.

Called to the Bar in 1985, Gary Yee was a leader in the redress campaign for elderly Chinese Head Tax payers and widows who had experienced decades of racist, exclusionary immigration legislation.

In his legal clinic and community work, he has used his remarkable leadership and advocacy skills to fight for social justice for diverse and marginalized communities.

He has also been at the forefront of the administrative justice community across Canada, using his passionate, principled and inclusive approach to advance cultural competence, adjudicative excellence, and access to justice.

He has distinguished himself with appointments as chair of four tribunals over a 24-year period.

The Law Society Medal is awarded to Ontario lawyers for outstanding service within the profession, whether in the area of practice, in the academic sphere, or in some other professional capacity where the service is in accordance with the highest ideals of the legal profession.

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