253 new lawyers called, Peter Milliken honoured with LLD in Ottawa

Posted: 06/22/2015

The Hon. Peter Milliken hooded by Bencher Christopher Bredt; Treasurer Janet Minor confers honorary LLD

The Hon. Peter Milliken conferred honorary LLD by Treasurer Janet Minor; Bencher Chris Bredt places hood

The Honourable Peter A. S. Milliken, PC, OC—Canada’s longest-serving Speaker of the House of Commons—received a degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LLD) in Ottawa today, while 253 soon-to-be lawyers looked on from the audience at the National Arts Centre.

Milliken was honoured for his remarkable contribution to Canadian politics. His legacy includes a number of landmark rulings, such as Parliament’s right to information, which have contributed to parliamentary precedent in Canada and throughout the Commonwealth.

Law Society Treasurer Janet E. Minor awarded the honorary LLD to Milliken, who then delivered a keynote address to the new lawyers.

The new lawyers are part of a group of nearly 1,700 joining the profession in ceremonies this June. “We celebrate because you are joining our profession,” Treasurer Minor said to them. “We celebrate because it will be stronger with your contribution, your integrity and your courage.”

Read our wrap-up of the ceremony’s best tweets and instagrams, 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.

Julian Porter, QC, will next be honoured at a Toronto ceremony tomorrow, June 23, 2015.