Law Society of Upper Canada

Law Society of Upper Canada

June 18, 2009 16:53 ET

Judge and Former Fighter Pilot Receive Honorary Doctorates

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 18, 2009) - The Law Society of Upper Canada presented a degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LL.D.), to each of two distinguished members of the legal profession today during ceremonies held at Roy Thomson Hall to welcome new lawyers to the profession.

Law Society Treasurer W. A. Derry Millar presented the honorary doctorates to Madame Justice Harriet Sachs, of the Superior Court of Justice, for being a pioneer and role model for women in the legal profession, and to Major-General Rohmer for his dedication to serving his country and its people - as a fighter pilot, lawyer, government advisor, arbitrator, mediator and prolific author.

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.

"While a bencher of the Law Society, Madam Justice Sachs co-authored a report that summarized the Law Society's work to promote equity and diversity in the legal profession and the challenges of doing so going forward," said the Treasurer.

"Major-General Richard Rohmer is Canada's most decorated citizen. Called to the Bar in 1951, his legal career has been a distinguished one," Treasurer Millar said.

The Law Society called approximately 614 of the province's 1,200 new lawyers to the Bar during the two June 18 ceremonies.

Madam Justice Harriet Sachs was appointed a judge of the Superior Court of Justice in 1998. A champion of women in the profession, she was a partner in one of the first all-women law firms in Ontario - Cornish King Sachs and Waldman. From 1995 to 1998, she served as a bencher of the Law Society, chairing the Admissions and Equity Committee, the Bar Admission and Reform Task Force and the Women in the Legal Profession Committee. She also co-authored the Bicentennial Report and Recommendations on Equity Issues in the Legal Profession. She was one of the organizers of the first conference of the Women's Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF) and is a past president of The Advocates' Society.

Major-General Richard Rohmer, O.C., C.M.M., D.F.C., O. Ont., K.St.J., C.D., Of.L., Q.C., A.deC., LL.B, LL.D., and a Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur, is Canada's most decorated citizen, a distinguished World War II fighter pilot, a D-Day veteran and served as Chief of Reserves of the Canadian Forces (1978 - 1981). He is an Honorary Aide de Camp to the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. He is also an award-winning best-selling author of some 30 novels and non-fiction books. Currently a partner with the Toronto-based law firm of Rohmer & Fenn, he practises civil litigation with a focus on aviation law and land use matters, and is a mediator and arbitrator with ADR Chambers. He served as chancellor of the University of Windsor from 1978 through 1989 and from 1996 through 1997.
He chaired the influential Royal Commission on Book Publishing from 1970 through 1972, and was counsel to the Robarts Royal Commission on Metropolitan Toronto.

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