Pioneering environmental lawyer awarded Law Society Medal – David Estrin

Posted: 04/21/2016

David Estrin, Law Society Medal recipientEnvironmental lawyer David Estrin was awarded the Law Society Medal in recognition of his pioneering work and distinguished career.

Called to the Bar in 1971, Estrin is recognized as a true pioneer and leader in the development of environmental law in Canada and internationally through his work as a lawyer, author, mentor and educator.

A former senior partner, the Toronto lawyer is now counsel with Gowling WLG and senior research fellow with the Centre for International Governance Innovation.

In the 1970s, he was a co-founder and first general counsel for the Canadian Environmental Law Association and founding editor of the Canadian Environmental Law Reports.

He started Canada’s first private environmental law boutique (1976), and authored several authoritative environmental law texts.

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.

Recently, Estrin co-founded the Environmental Justice and Sustainability Law Clinical Program at Osgoode Hall Law School and co-chaired the International Bar Association’s Presidential Task Force on Climate Change Justice and Human Rights.

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