Social Justice Advocate Patrick Case receives Law Society Medal

Posted: 05/25/2017

The Law Society has recognized Patrick Case for his extraordinary leadership in advocating for social justice in the areas of equity and racism.

He was awarded the Law Society Medal at the 2017 Law Society Awards ceremony on May 24th.

In his speech, he said, “…this 70 years is just the beginning of the [egalitarian human rights] work, that it will continue, and in the face of all opposition, this work will triumph.”

Called to the Bar in 1988, Patrick Case is a professor at the University of Guelph and Osgoode Hall Law School, and currently acts as Chair of the Human Rights Legal Support Centre.

Throughout his career, he has led the way in establishing policies and practices on how to address racism. He was a driving force in the campaign to reform Ontario’s human rights legislation and enforcement system.

From 2006 to 2010, he was appointed Commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission, and helped build a more accessible and responsive agency.

As a professor, he uses his knowledge and passion for human rights to teach a more compassionate and inclusive approach to practising law.

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.

Eleven exceptional members of the legal professions were honoured by the Law Society on May 24th.