Law Society of Upper Canada

Law Society of Upper Canada

June 15, 2010 12:51 ET

Chief Justice Receives Honorary Doctorate from Law Society

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 15, 2010) - The Law Society of Upper Canada presented a degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LLD), to the Honourable Warren K. Winkler, Chief Justice of Ontario, today at a ceremony at Roy Thomson Hall. Held annually, the Call to the Bar welcomes new lawyers to the profession.

Law Society Treasurer W. A. Derry Millar presented the honorary doctorate to Chief Justice Winkler for his numerous accomplishments as a leading labour lawyer, for his creative class action jurisprudence as a judge and for his continued commitment to access to justice and professionalism.

"We honour Chief Justice Winkler today by virtue of his office and his many accomplishments," said the Treasurer. "As a nationally recognized mediator, he was instrumental in the settlement of some of the seemingly most intractable major lawsuits in Ontario and other parts of Canada. As Chief Justice, he continues to distinguish himself, particularly in the areas of access to justice and professionalism."

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 graduating classes as they begin their careers.

The Law Society called 329 of the province's 1,262 new lawyers to the Bar of Ontario during today's ceremony.

Chief Justice Warren K. Winkler was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1965 and was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1977. He practised labour law and was a partner in the firm of Montgomery, Cassels, Somers, Dutton and Winkler. He went on in 1982 to be a founding partner of the firm of Winkler, Filion and Wakely. In 1993, he became a judge of the Superior Court of Justice (the then-General Division of the Ontario Court) and was appointed regional senior justice for the Toronto Region, Superior Court of Justice, in 2004. During his time with the Superior Court of Justice, Chief Justice Winkler held a range of judicial administration portfolios, including team lead for the Long Trial List and for Class Proceedings. He has also been a judicial mediator for large multi-party disputes, including the Walkerton tainted water disaster.

In 2007, he was appointed Chief Justice of Ontario and president of the Court of Appeal for Ontario. He is the author of numerous publications and is an active educator and speaker at national and international events.

A full biography of Chief Justice Winkler is available online: http://www.lsuc.on.ca/media/june0410_chiefjusticewinkler.pdf.

The Law Society regulates lawyers and paralegals in Ontario in the public interest. The Law Society has a mandate to protect the public interest, to maintain and advance the cause of justice and the rule of law, to facilitate access to justice for the people of Ontario and to act in a timely, open and efficient manner.

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