Justice Cronk to receive honorary LLD from Law Society of Ontario
The Law Society of Ontario will present a degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LLD), to The Honourable Eleanore A. Cronk, at its Call to the Bar ceremony on June 26, 2018 at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto.
Justice Cronk received the honorary LLD in recognition of her numerous contributions to the profession and the Bench. Called to the Bar of Ontario in 1977, at a time when very few women were in the legal profession, she became a role model and one of Canada’s most respected lawyers.
Her keen and incisive mind, her ability to master the most complex issues, and her eloquence and professionalism, made her a formidable advocate and one of Canada’s leading litigators.
Elected as a Bencher of the Law Society in 1995, she served as Chair of its Discipline Committee and was a persuasive and constructive voice in Convocation.
In 2001 she was appointed to the Court of Appeal for Ontario, where she presided over hundreds of cases until her retirement in January 2018. Her intellect, hard work, and empathy earned the respect of the legal profession, the judiciary and the public. She was renowned for her thorough preparation and rigorous analysis and for the respect she showed to every person in the courtroom.
Prior to being appointed to the Bench, from 1977-1997, she practised a broad range of civil litigation with Fasken & Calvin (later Fasken Campbell Godfrey) in Toronto. While at that firm, she served on the Executive and Compensation Committees, as well as various other firm committees and task forces.
In April 1997, she co-founded Lax O’Sullivan Cronk, a specialty litigation counsel firm in Toronto, where she continued her practice in civil and commercial litigation and public, administrative, insurance and health-law litigation.
Justice Cronk also served as Chair of the Canadian Bar Association’s National Task Force on Systems of Civil Justice (1995-96), acted as counsel on several Royal Commissions of Inquiry, and was a frequent guest lecturer at the Faculties of Law at the University of Toronto, Osgoode Hall Law School and the University of Windsor — and at numerous continuing legal education programs.
She is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Society of Barristers; a Past President of The Advocates’ Society; a recipient of the Louis St. Laurent Award (Canadian Bar Association – 1997); and The Advocates’ Society Medal (2003). She holds an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Civil Laws, University of Windsor (2004).
Justice Cronk retired from the Court of Appeal for Ontario, effective January 10, 2018.