89 new lawyers see Janet Stewart receive LLD in London

Posted: 06/18/2015

janet steward LLDProminent London lawyer Janet E. Stewart, QC, OOnt., was honoured today for her role as a respected mentor and an advocate for the advancement of women in law, as well as her dedicated community service and philanthropic activities.

89 lawyers were also called to the Bar in the ceremony at the London Convention Centre.

Law Society Treasurer Janet E. Minor presented Stewart with the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LLD) before Stewart spoke to the new lawyers.

The Treasurer also spoke to the new Calls about the ceremony and the careers on which they were about to embark. “Go back to this moment. Dive into it. Understand it. Remember this feeling. Remember today and affirm it in the many possibilities you have ahead.”

Stewart advised the lawyers to keep their work in perspective. “Remember always that you are doing what you do for clients. We are not just doing a job of law, but helping a client make decisions that, in some cases, will be life changing.”

Read Stewart’s full speech.

The new lawyers are part of a group of nearly 1,700 joining the profession in ceremonies this June.

Read our wrap-up of the ceremony’s best tweets and Instagram photos, or view photos taken at today’s ceremony on Facebook.

As part of its Call to the Bar ceremonies each year, the Law Society awards honorary doctorates to distinguished people in recognition of outstanding achievements in the legal profession, the rule of law or the cause of justice. Next to be recognized will be The Honourable Peter A.S. Milliken, PC, OC, former Speaker of the House of Commons, in Ottawa on June 22, 2015.