Law Society Medal for Linda Gehrke
The Law Society recognized Linda Gehrke with its Law Society Medal at the 2016 Law Society Awards.
Called to the Bar in 1979, Linda Gehrke has been a leader in the profession throughout her 35 years as a lawyer, adjudicator, and in her work as the Lobbyist Registrar for the City of Toronto, where she was responsible for implementing the first municipal lobbyist registry.
Gehrke has played a key role in expanding accountability and transparency in Toronto’s government processes and this has served as a role model for other jurisdictions.
On May 6, 2016, she retired from her appointment as Lobbyist Registrar and has returned as a part-time Vice Chair to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal (WSIAT). She had served as a full-time Vice-Chair to the WSIAT from 1998 to 2008.
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.
The Law Society recognized 14 members of the legal professions at the May 25th event in Toronto.