Joanna Radbord recognized for advancing equality

Posted: 05/25/2017

Joanna RadbordThe Law Society has recognized Joanna Radbord for her numerous contributions to LGBTQ rights, constitutional law, family law, and human rights in the province of Ontario.

At the 2017 Law Society Awards ceremony on May 24th, she was awarded the Law Society Medal.

“I know the tremendous power of law to change lives and make the world a better place – I have lived it,” she said at the ceremony.

Called to the Bar in 1999, Joanna Radbord is a partner with the firm Martha McCarthy & Company LLP.

Throughout her career, she has devoted herself to advancing substantive equality for some of Canada’s most marginalized people.

Her exceptional legal knowledge and skill have been instrumental in many landmark equality and family law cases.

Her recent work in Grand v. Ontario forced Ontario to pass Bill 28, the All Families Are Equal Act. The resulting legislative changes to parental recognition and family status in Ontario are a major step forward in access to justice, security for children, and equal rights for Ontarians.

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.