Grace Alcaide Janicas receives 2017 J. Shirley Denison Award

Posted: 05/25/2017

Grace Alcaide JanicasThe Law Society of Upper Canada has recognized Grace Alcaide Janicas for her service to those most marginalized and disadvantaged.

She received the 2017 J. Shirley Denison Award at the annual Law Society Awards ceremony on May 24th.

“I count myself very fortunate to be a member of a profession that can contribute something meaningful to the lives of others and in so doing, make the world a little better, day by day, one client’s story at a time,” she said at the ceremony.

Called to the Bar in 1994, Grace Alcaide Janicas is the Director of Legal Services at the Algoma Community Legal Clinic in Sault Ste. Marie. She also serves as an adjudicator for the Consent and Capacity Board.

She has held positions in Northern Ontario’s community legal clinic system for more than 20 years.

She was a driving force for change through her involvement in the Justice With Dignity campaign and the Kimberly Rogers Inquest, which resulted in changes to the criminal justice and social welfare systems.

She was also a lead counsel in the case of Tranchemontagne v. Ontario, in which the Supreme Court of Canada endorsed the clinic position that the Social Benefits Tribunal must apply the Ontario Human Rights Code in its decision-making.

The J. Shirley Denison Award was established in 2015 to honour former Treasurer John Shirley Denison and his commitment to helping others.

The award recognizes significant contributions to access to justice and/or poverty issues. Both lawyer and paralegal licensees of the Law Society of Upper Canada are eligible.

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