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15 avr. 2011 16h21 HE

Avis aux médias : Les prix du Barreau font honneur aux meilleurs éléments de la profession

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - 15 avril 2011) -Le Barreau du Haut-Canada présentera des prix à huit avocats qui représentent le plus haut niveau de réalisation et d'engagement pour servir la société et la profession. La Médaille du Barreau, le prix Lincoln Alexander et le prix Laura Legge seront présentés par la trésorière Laurie H. Pawlitza dans le cadre d'une cérémonie extraordinaire à Osgoode Hall, le 25 mai 2011.

Créée en 1985, la Médaille du Barreau est présentée à des avocats exceptionnels de l'Ontario dont les services reflètent les plus grands idéaux de la profession. Le prix est donné pour un service exceptionnel soit dans un domaine de pratique particulier, dans la sphère universitaire ou dans une autre capacité professionnelle.

Les récipiendaires de la Médaille du Barreau de cette année sont : Roderic G. Ferguson, c.r., Alfred A. Mamo, David C. Nahwegahbow, I.P.C., Cynthia Petersen, Carol A. Shamess et Ronald G. Slaght, c.r.

Le prix Lincoln Alexander est remis à un avocat qui a démontré un engagement envers le public et son bien-être par ses services à la communauté. Le prix a été créé en 2002 en l'honneur de l'ancien Lieutenant-Gouverneur de l'Ontario, député et récipiendaire en 2002 de la Médaille du Barreau, l'honorable Lincoln M. Alexander, P.C., C. C., O. Ont., c.r., en reconnaissance de son dévouement envers la population de l'Ontario et la communauté juridique. Le récipiendaire du prix Lincoln Alexander de cette année est Stanley M. Tick, c.r.

Le prix Laura Legge reconnaît une avocate de l'Ontario qui symbolise le leadership dans la profession. Le prix a été créé en 2007 en l'honneur de Laura Legge, O. Ont, c.r.. Elle a été la première femme élue conseillère du Barreau dont elle a été également la première femme trésorière. La récipiendaire du prix Laura Legge de cette année est Fay Brunning.

Le Barreau réglemente les avocats, les avocates et les parajuristes en Ontario dans l'intérêt public. Le Barreau a le mandat de protéger l'intérêt public en faisant avancer la cause de la justice et la primauté du droit, en facilitant l'accès à la justice pour la population de l'Ontario et en agissant en temps utile, de façon ouverte et efficace.

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Renseignements biographiques ci-joints (en anglais)

RENSEIGNEMENTS BIOGRAPHIQUES

2011 Law Society Medal Recipients

Roderic G. Ferguson, Q.C., Midland, Called to the Bar of Ontario in 1970

Roderic Ferguson is a personal injury lawyer and civil litigation specialist known for his dedication to community. Mr. Ferguson has helped make justice available in rural areas for more than 35 years by travelling to small communities throughout Ontario to meet with clients. A former bencher who was certified as a Civil Litigation Specialist in 1989, Mr. Ferguson received his LL.M. in Alternative Dispute Resolution from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2002. Mr. Ferguson has often volunteered within the profession, being an active supporter of the Canadian Paraplegic Association Pro-Bono Clinic and dedicating his time to a wide variety of initiatives within his community. He has been a member of the Advocates' Society since 1973, acting as a director between 1976 and 1979. Mr. Ferguson also served for 30 years as a Superior Court deputy judge, beginning in 1976.

Alfred A. Mamo, London, Called to the Ontario Bar in 1972

Alfred Mamo is widely recognized for his contribution to Family Law reform in Ontario. A Certified Specialist in family law since 1991, Mr. Mamo is also a fellow of both the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and the American College of Trial Lawyers. In 2006, he received the Ontario Bar Association Annual Award for Excellence in Family Law. He has been listed in the Best Lawyers in Canada publication since that year and in 2007, led a team of experts commissioned by the Ministry of the Attorney General in an evaluation of the Family Court of the Superior Court of Justice in Ontario. Mr. Mamo has made other important contributions as an author on a range of family law topics and through presentations to provincial, national and international audiences. His term as an appointee to the Family Law Rules Committee has been extended until 2013 by the Chief Justice of the Superior Court of Justice.

David C. Nahwegahbow, I.P.C., Rama, Called to the Ontario Bar in 1982

David Nahwegahbow has had a distinguished career as a lawyer dedicated to providing legal services to First Nations communities and leaders. Mr. Nahwegahbow, who was among the first Indigenous (Aboriginal??) lawyers in Canada, was instrumental in the creation of the Indigenous Bar Association. Named as the co-chair of the Joint Committee of Chiefs and Experts on the Recognition and Implementation of First Nations Government, Assembly of First Nations, Mr. Nahwegahbow is named by the Lexpert Directory as the most frequently recommended practitioner in the field of Aboriginal Law. He is listed in the Best Lawyers in Canada publication in the specialty of Aboriginal Law. Mr. Nahwegahbow was also a 2008 recipient of a National Aboriginal Achievement Award for Law and Justice and the Anishnabek Lifetime Achievement Award.

Cynthia Petersen, Toronto, Called to the Ontario Bar in 1994

Cynthia Petersen is known for advancing the equality rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people through her legal work. She was the recipient of the Canadian Bar Association's Hero Award in 2000 as well as a Hope and Freedom Award from Toronto's Metropolitan Community Church in 2010. Ms. Petersen, who received an LL.B. from Queen's University in 1989 and an LL.M. from Harvard University the following year, has acted as counsel for Charter and human rights claimants and interveners in cases which have significantly influenced the evolution of Canadian equality rights jurisprudence. Ms. Petersen's advocacy has had a direct impact on the civil rights of thousands of families in Canada. She has acted as the Discrimination and Harassment Counsel of the Law Society of Upper Canada since 2002.

Carol A. Shamess, Sault Ste. Marie, Called to the Ontario Bar in 1979

In more than 30 years of practice, Carol Shamess has made a name for herself as an accomplished lawyer and dedicated community leader. Shamess has devoted countless volunteer hours to effecting social change within her community by working with Algoma Family Services, the Big Sisters Association, the Children's Aid Society, Women in Crisis and the United Way where, in 1990, she was named volunteer of the year. Ms. Shamess was a special prosecutor with the Federal Department of Justice between 1984 and 1990, served on the Legal Aid Area Committee between 1996 and 2001 - acting as chairperson beginning in 2000. Ms. Shamess served as a director of the Algoma District Law Association between 1980 and 1988 and again between 1994 and 2004.

Ronald G. Slaght, Q.C., Toronto, Called to the Ontario Bar in 1972

Ronald Slaght is one of Canada's pre-eminent lawyers and is credited with leading the profession in the re-establishment of civility. An Advocates' Society president between 2000 and 2001, Mr. Slaght's initiatives led to the development of Principles of Civility for Advocates. In 2010, he received The Advocates' Society Medal. Mr. Slaght is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a member of the Ontario Civil Rules Committee and received a Toronto Lawyers Association Award of Distinction in 2009. Named in the Lexpert Directory as one of the Top 25 commercial litigators in Canada, Mr. Slaght, who was the head of the Trial Practice program at the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto between 1983 and 1985, is also recognized for his ongoing contributions to continuing education programs, seminars and conferences.

2011 Lincoln Alexander Award

Stanley M. Tick, Q.C., Hamilton, Called to the Ontario Bar in 1979

Stanley Tick is a distinguished personal injury lawyer known for his leadership in helping Ontarians maintain access to threatened hospital services and gaining improved services for the developmentally disabled and mentally challenged. Mr. Tick is widely respected for establishing the Beth Tikvah Foundation, a residence in Hamilton, Ontario for adults with developmental disabilities. Mr. Tick is a member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, the vice chairman of the St. Joseph's Hospital Foundation and a member of the Hamilton Medical-Legal Society. In the 2008, Mr. Tick was named in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a leading practitioner. The previous year, Mr. Tick was named by the National Post as the best personal injury lawyer, as well as the best legal malpractice lawyer.

2011 Laura Legge Award

Fay Brunning, Ottawa, Called to the Ontario Bar in 1989

Fay Brunning is highly respected within the legal profession as an advocate for the advancement of women in private practice and as a mentor to younger women lawyers entering the profession. Ms. Brunning, the co-chair of the 2010 Women Lawyers' Symposium, was a director of the Advocates' Society Board of Directors between 2004 and 2007. An executive member of the Women's Law Association of Ontario between 1991 and 1998, Ms. Brunning is known to have championed the role of women in private practice by advocating for transparent partnership admission and parental leave polices, as well as flexible work arrangements. She is credited with demonstrating that women can have families and a work/life balance. Ms. Brunning has recently initiated a campaign for change in the treatment of child custody assessors in the family law system to ensure the availability of assessors.

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