Mark M. Persaud to receive honorary LLD for extensive public service

Posted: 06/15/2016

Mark M. PersaudRespected legal humanitarian Mark M. Persaud will receive a degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LLD) from the Law Society of Upper Canada on June 17.

The degree will be presented at London’s Call to the Bar ceremony.

Devoted to public service

A regular volunteer with community-based organizations assisting refugees, the homeless and youth at risk, Persaud is also a strong voice for groups committed to addressing issues of equity and discrimination. He was the founder and president of the Canadian International Peace Project.

He has been recognized for this extensive public service. He is the recipient of the Alumni Public Sector Law Gold Key from Osgoode Hall Law School (2007), and both the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal (2002) and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012) for his leadership and contributions to Canada.

A lawyer, teacher and writer

Photo of Mark Persaud.Persaud was called to the Ontario Bar in 1993, only 10 years after arriving in Canada as a political refugee fleeing turmoil and persecution in Guyana.

He majored in political science at York University and received his LLB and LLM at Osgoode Hall Law School. He has also studied at the Center for Study of Values in Public Life at Harvard University.

As a lawyer, teacher and writer, he has contributed to community development within Canada and internationally on issues of domestic and international peace, security, development, civil liberties and human rights.

As the principal of the Persaud Law Group, he practises in civil litigation, including commercial and construction litigation, criminal, regulatory, administrative law and professional discipline.

He has held a broad range of positions, including as a prosecutor with the Department of Justice, and as counsel to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

He has taught Canadian Constitutional Law and Administrative Law as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Western Michigan and been a guest lecturer in Criminal Law and Foundations of Law.

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.

After receiving his LLD, Persaud will deliver a keynote address to the 113 candidates being called to the Bar.