Kathy Laird gets Medal for promoting human rights, social equality

Posted: 04/11/2016

Picture of Kathy Laird, Law Society Medal recipient, 2016Kathy Laird was awarded the Law Society Medal at Osgoode Hall on May 25, 2016.

Called to the Bar in 1979, Laird has used her career to promote access to justice and social equality.

She has worked with others to develop new legal services and to reform laws affecting low income tenants, domestic workers, Aboriginal community members and human rights claimants.

As a community clinic lawyer, Laird has represented the rights of people facing eviction and homelessness before the United Nations Human Rights Committee and the Supreme Court of Canada.

Since 2008, Laird has been the Executive Director of the Human Rights Legal Support Centre, overseeing the establishment of a unique and valuable legal service for human rights claimants.

Not satisfied with merely applying the law, Laird has pushed successfully for legislative, policy and institutional changes that promote equality.

The Law Society Medal is given annually 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.

The Law Society honoured 14 members of the legal professions at its annual awards ceremony.