Law Society of Upper Canada

Law Society of Upper Canada

June 18, 2007 15:48 ET

Law Society Presents Two Honorary Doctorates at Toronto Call to the Bar Ceremonies

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 18, 2007) - The Law Society of Upper Canada presented degrees of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LL.D.), to two distinguished members of the profession: Barbara Jackman, LL.D. and The Honourable Archie Campbell, LL.D. (posthumously) at ceremonies held to welcome more than 800 of the province's 1,121 new lawyers at Roy Thomson Hall on June 18 and 19.

Every year, as part of its Call ceremony, the Law Society awards honorary doctorates to distinguished persons who exemplify the values held in esteem by the legal profession. Recipients serve as inspirational keynote speakers for the graduating classes as they begin their careers.

On June 18, lawyer Barbara Jackman received an LL.D. for her dedication to public service and her tireless work as a mentor, lecturer and leader and member of numerous community associations.

On June 19, an LL.D. was conferred posthumously on The Honourable Justice Archie Campbell for his distinguished legal career, which included serving as the Director of Parkdale Community Legal Services, as well as being a law teacher, an advocate, a public servant and serving as Commissioner of the Bernardo Investigation Review and the SARS Commission Inquiry. (Please see the attached biographical information for both LL.D. recipients.)

The Law Society also held two other ceremonies - in Ottawa and London on June 12 and 15 respectively - to call this year's 274 new lawyers from those regions to the Ontario Bar.

At each ceremony, Law Society Treasurer Gavin MacKenzie congratulated the new lawyers and offered some words of advice: "You have joined a noble profession... We are committed to the rule of law in a democratic society. We are committed to an independent Bar and an independent judiciary. That is what we stand for, and that is what we stand up for."

He also noted that, "There are many others in our society who are less privileged than we are, people who have no access to legal services. We have a duty to them to promote access to justice for all, through legal aid and pro bono work and otherwise... So please do your honourable profession and this world a favour: give back."

The Law Society governs legal service providers in the public interest by ensuring that the people of Ontario are served by lawyers and paralegals who meet high standards of learning, competence and professional conduct, and by upholding the independence, integrity and honour of the legal professions for the purpose of advancing the cause of justice and the rule of law.

For more information about the Law Society, visit us online at: www.lsuc.on.ca.

Barbara L. Jackman, LL.D.

Barbara L. Jackman is presently in private practice, and specializes in areas of immigration and refugee law. She has earned the reputation of being one of Canada's most effective advocates for refugee rights and throughout her career, she has shown a commitment to the highest ideals of the legal profession,

Called to the Bar of Ontario in 1978, Ms. Jackman received her LLB from the University of Toronto in 1976.

She has been an instructor in the Bar Admission Program, as well as a lecturer at the Faculties of Law at Queen's University, the University of Toronto and at Osgoode Hall Law School. She has also been a lecturer for continuing education seminars at the Canadian Bar Association and the Law Society of Upper Canada, on immigration law and practice, Federal Court practice, national security legal issues, domestic and international human rights, and practice before International Human Rights Tribunals.

Ms. Jackman has also been counsel for the party or an intervener for a number of important cases, including two that concerned the right of the defendant not to be returned to torture.

Her community involvement includes having served as a director of organizations such as the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, the Working Women Community Centre, INTERCEDE, and Defence for Children International.

Her many international human rights activities include being a delegate to the Trans-Atlantic Legal Exchange on Refugee Law from 1986-7, and the Northern Ireland Peace Process Fact-Finding Mission in 1995. She also served as a representative for the Canadian Council of Churches, and monitored Canada's presentation to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child in 1995 and its presentations to the Human Rights Committee in 1990 and 1999.

As a member and leader of various associations, she has received a number of significant awards, including: York University's (Centre for Refugee Studies) Vince Kelly Award (1993); the Canadian Arab Federation's Arab Canadian National Award (1995); the Federation of Associations of Canadian Tamils (1998); the Advocates' Society Award of Justice (2000); the Sikh Centennial Foundation's Award of Excellence (2002); the Law Society Medal (2003); the Tamil Women Organization Award (2005); and the Arab Community Centre of Toronto - Community Service Award (2005).

Ms. Jackman is also the author of various papers and articles and a contributor to four books.

For her dedication to public service and her tireless work as a mentor, lecturer and leader and member of numerous community associations, Ms. Jackman was awarded the Doctor of Law (honoris causa) degree by the Law Society of Upper Canada in 2007.

The Honourable Archie Gray Campbell, LL.D. (Conferred Posthumously)

The Honourable Justice Archie Campbell was a judge for the Supreme Court of Ontario and the Ontario Superior Court of Justice from 1986 to the time of his death in April 2007. A renowned and highly respected jurist, he is fondly remembered for his devotion, skill and compassion, as well his sense of legal history.

Called to the Bar of Ontario in 1969, he received his LL.B. in 1967 and his LL.M. in 1973, both from Osgoode Hall Law School.

Justice Campbell began his career as a Crown Counsel for Criminal Appeals and Special Prosecutions (1969-73 and 1974-75) and went on to become Counsel of the Cabinet Committee of Justice from 1973-74. He served as an Associate Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School from 1977-78, and was the Assistant Deputy Attorney General, Policy and Intergovernmental Affairs from 1978-81. He took a sabbatical from the Attorney General's office to serve as the director of the Parkdale Community Legal Services from 1977-78.

Justice Campbell also served as Deputy Minister of Correctional Services from 1981-82 and again as Deputy Attorney General for Ontario from 1983-86. From 1993 to 1996 he was Regional Senior Justice of the Ontario Court (General Division) for the Toronto Region.

Justice Campbell is perhaps best known for heading the inquiries into the Ontario SARS outbreak and the police investigation of Paul Bernardo. He also authored various articles and publications and was a lecturer at many law enforcement seminars.

His judicial experience included a variety of civil and criminal.

He also served as Co-chair of the Canadian Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics, and was Judge in Residence at Osgoode Hall Law School from 1996-97.

Justice Campbell was a part-time lecturer at the University of Toronto Law School and was an occasional lecturer for the Faculties of Law at Queen's University and the University of Western Ontario. He also was a lecturer and presenter of continuing legal education for the Canadian Bar Association and The Advocates' Society.

His other activities include serving as director, for the Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History and the Dr. Kenneth Gray Foundation for Forensic Psychiatry. He also served as Honorary President of the Osgoode Hall Law School Alumni Association from 1995-2001.

Justice Campbell was awarded the Doctor of Law (honoris causa) degree posthumously by the Law Society of Upper Canada in 2007 in recognition of his distinguished legal career, which included serving as the Director of Parkdale Community Legal Services, as well as being a law teacher, an advocate, a public servant and serving as Commissioner of the Bernardo Investigation Review and the SARS Commission Inquiry.

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