Prominent litigator and former Treasurer Thomas Conway to receive honorary LLD

Posted: 06/15/2017

Thomas ConwayThe Law Society of Upper Canada is recognizing Thomas G. Conway for his role as a highly respected and dedicated leader within the legal profession.

He will receive the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa at the Ottawa Call to the Bar Ceremony on June 23, 2017.

Called to the Bar in 1989, Thomas Conway’s exceptional advocacy skills have established him as a prominent litigation lawyer in Canada.

In 2007 he was first elected Bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada and in 2012 he was elected by Convocation as the Law Society’s 64th Treasurer.

Under his tenure as Treasurer, Convocation dealt with challenging issues including Alternative Business Structures, The Pathways Project, Tribunal Reform, Trinity Western University’s application for the approval of a law school, and brought Indigenous issues and engagement to the fore.

He endeavored to view the regulation of legal services with a more collaborative and innovative approach that integrated principles of access to justice into Law Society policy and governance.

The implementation of TAG – The Action Group on Access to Justice established a framework for the Law Society to facilitate greater collaboration across Ontario’s access to justice landscape. This approach is creating meaningful change by advancing public-centred justice system improvements.

In 2014 and 2015, Thomas Conway served as President of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada, the umbrella organization of Canada’s law societies. During his tenure as President, he promoted the common interests of the Canada’s law societies, domestically and abroad.

Each year, the Law Society recognizes outstanding achievement by distinguished members of the profession and the public by awarding Doctor of Laws degrees, honoris causa (LLD) at the Call to the Bar ceremonies in Ottawa, Toronto and London.