Legal leader to receive honorary LLD

Posted: 06/13/2014

The Honourable Stephen T. Goudge, QC The Honourable Stephen T. Goudge, QC, will receive an honorary LLD at the Call to the Bar ceremony on June 19 in Toronto in recognition of his highly distinguished career — including 18 years as one of Canada’s most respected appellate judges.

Recently retired from the Court of Appeal of Ontario, he is widely renowned for his passion for the law and his commitment to legal education, ethics and professionalism.

His determination and creativity were instrumental in creating solutions in alternative dispute resolution, legal aid and middle income access to justice.

Goudge earned his BA (Honours) in Political Science and Economics from the University of Toronto (1964), an MSc (Econ) from the London School of Economics (1965) and an LLB from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law (1968). He was called to the bar of Ontario in 1970 and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1982.

Prior to his appointment to the Court of Appeal of Ontario in 1996, Goudge was a partner with Gowlings (Gowling, Strathy & Henderson 1989-96 and Gowling & Henderson 1983-89), and Cameron, Brewin & Scott (1970-1983). He practised civil, commercial, administrative, labour and Charter litigation. From 1974 to 1986, he lectured on labour law and Aboriginal rights at the University of Toronto.

He was certified as a Specialist in civil litigation by the Law Society (1989) and appeared before many administrative tribunals and Courts at all levels in Ontario and the Supreme Court of Canada. He also served as counsel to the Office of the Premier of Ontario (1989).

Goudge was elected as bencher of the Law Society (1991-96) and chaired several committees. In 1995, he was elected as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

In 2007, he was appointed by the government of Ontario to conduct the Inquiry into Paediatric Forensic Pathology.

In 2013, he was honoured with the Guthrie Award from the Law Foundation of Ontario for his contributions to access to justice and excellence in the legal profession.

Throughout his career, Goudge has been committed to legal education, ethics and professionalism and has shared that passion through his work as a bencher, lecturer, and as a member of the Chief Justice’s Advisory Committee on Professionalism.

He retired from the bench on April 30, 2014 and is now counsel at Paliare Roland Barristers.