Prof. Errol Mendes awarded Law Society Medal

Posted: 04/14/2016

Picture of Prof. Errol Mendes, Law Society Medal recipient, 2016

The Law Society recognized University of Ottawa Professor Errol Mendes, O.Ont., with a Law Society Medal at its annual award ceremony in May.

Mendes was recognized for his extraordinary contribution as an academic, legal advisor, adjudicator and teacher and for his expertise in constitutional law, corporate governance, human rights and diversity issues.

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.

As Commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission, Mendes has helped to develop several of the Commission’s new approaches to combating systemic discrimination in Ontario, including the landmark Competing Rights Policy and the presumption of discrimination regarding the use of “Canadian Experience” in employment requirements.

Professor Mendes is also President of the Canadian Chapter of the International Commission of Jurists. He received the Order of Ontario in January of this year.

Born in Kenya, East Africa, Professor Mendes obtained his Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Exeter, England, where he ranked first in his graduating class. He obtained his Master of Laws degree from the University of Illinois in the United States. He was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1986.

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