LLD for Olympian and lawyer Richard W. Pound

Posted: 06/21/2016

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L-R: The Hon. Robert P. Armstrong, Q.C.; Law Society CEO Robert G.W. Lapper, Q.C; Richard W. Pound, C.C., O.Q., Q.C.; Law Society Treasurer Janet E. Minor; The Hon. Peter A. Daley, Regional Senior Judge, Central West Region, Superior Court of Justice.

The Law Society of Upper Canada presented a degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LLD), to lawyer Richard W. Pound C.C., O.Q., Q.C., at its morning Call to the Bar ceremony on June 21 in Toronto.

As part of its Call 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. Recipients serve as inspirational keynote speakers for the new lawyers attending the ceremonies.

Olympian, author and lawyer Richard Pound is one of Canada’s most recognized figures in international sport. He received the LLD in recognition of the profound impact his leadership and influence have had on integrity in sports.

A senior counsel of Stikeman Elliott’s tax section in Montreal, Pound has played many important and significant Olympic roles for Canada. He is a member of the International Olympic Committee and has held the position of vice president twice (1987-91; 1996-2000). In 1999, he became the founding chair of the World Anti-Doping Agency. The agency aims to bring consistency to anti-doping policies and regulations within sport organizations and governments around the world. As an athlete, he was a double Olympic swimming finalist at the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome, and captured four medals at the 1962 Commonwealth Games. (Read the full biography for Richard W. Pound.)

After receiving his LLD, Pound delivered the keynote address to the 293 candidates who were being called to the Bar that morning at Roy Thomson Hall.

“To be a lawyer is both a privilege and a responsibility,” he said. “Do not fall into the trap of thinking that you now know everything. You have only acquired the matrix upon which your real education can be affixed. Embrace the opportunity to learn as much as you can,” he advised.

Richard W. Pound, C.C., O.Q., Q.C., delivers keynote address at June 21 Call to the Bar ceremony at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto.“Enjoy the details of the law as well as the big picture. Have fun. Make sure you stay fit and healthy – this will enhance your abilities and add to your performance. Stay connected with and involved in the community at large – you will give better advice if you understand the values of your society,” he said. “Now, get out there and make a difference. Make it a good difference.” (Read the full speech given by Richard Pound..)

The Law Society called almost 1,600 new lawyers to the Bar of Ontario at ceremonies in OttawaLondon and four calls in Toronto between June 15 and June 21.

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