Law Society Medal for legal services pioneer Prof. Frederick Zemans

Posted: 05/05/2016

Prof. Frederick Zemans, Law Society Medal recipientThe Law Society recognized Professor Frederick Zemans with its Law Society Medal at the 2016 Law Society Awards.

Called to the Bar in 1966, Fred Zemans is a distinguished member of the faculty of Osgoode Hall Law School and a pioneer in the field of Alternative Dispute Resolution.

He was the founding director of Parkdale Community Legal Services. Established in 1971, as part of Osgoode’s Intensive Program in Poverty Law, the clinic was a ground-breaking initiative in the legal profession in Canada.

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.

Zemans’ pioneering work and scholarship have helped to shape the fields of experiential learning for law students, the provision of legal services to low-income communities, and alternative dispute resolution.

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