Law Society Medal for Ronda Bessner

Posted: 04/18/2016

Ronda Bessner, Law Society Medal recipientThe Law Society awarded Women’s Law Association president Ronda Bessner with its Law Society Medal on May 25th.

Each year, 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.

Called to the Bar in 1983, Bessner has had an extraordinary career as a lawyer and has made significant contributions to Ontario and its legal community through her leadership and involvement in the Women’s Law Association, as well as her leadership in serving the people of Ontario in five public inquiries.

She is a Visiting Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School and recently co-designed and co-chaired two pre-inquiry Roundtables on Canada’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. Ronda is also an adjudicator on the Consent and Capacity Board.

She is the author of many published articles on child abuse, evidence, criminal law, and HIV/AIDS.

Ronda graduated from McGill Law School with a Bachelor of Civil Law and a Bachelor of Common Law and received her Masters of Law from Harvard Law School.

The Law Society recognized 14 members of the legal professions at the May 25th event in Toronto.