Law Society of Upper Canada

Law Society of Upper Canada

June 13, 2008 14:19 ET

Law Society presents honorary doctorate to Professor Margaret Ogilvie at Call to Bar ceremony

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 13, 2008) - The Law Society of Upper Canada presented a degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LL.D.), to Carleton University Law Professor and Chancellor's Professor Margaret Ogilvie, LSM, D.D., F.R.S.C., at a ceremony held at the National Arts Centre on June 13. The event was held to welcome the province's newest lawyers to the profession.

Law Society Treasurer Gavin MacKenzie presented the honorary doctorate to Professor Ogilvie in recognition of her prominence as a legal scholar, innovative researcher and her contributions to the legal profession - both within Canada and abroad.

The Law Society called 204 new lawyers to the Bar during the ceremony (17.6 per cent of whom are Francophone). The event is the first of five such ceremonies being held in the province this month.

Each year, as part of its call ceremonies, 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.

"We honour Professor Ogilvie today for her impressive contributions to the legal profession," said Treasurer MacKenzie.

Called to the Nova Scotia Bar in 1978 and the Ontario Bar in 1984, Professor Ogilvie received her LL.B. from Dalhousie University in 1977. Prior to her study of law, Professor Ogilvie received a Doctor of Philosophy from Oxford University.

The author of numerous books and articles, Professor Ogilvie has dedicated her life to education and legal scholarship. Her research interests include contract law, banking law, and law and theology. Her most recent book, the well-received Bank and Customer Law in Canada, was published in 2007. She is consulted extensively for her legal expertise and has been a visiting scholar at several, global, educational institutions.

Professor Ogilvie's outstanding contributions to legal scholarship have been widely acknowledged. She was inducted as a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1993 and was the recipient of research achievement awards in 1990, 1998 and 2005. She received the David W. Mundell Medal for Legal Scholarship in 1996 and the Law Society Medal in 2001. In 2002, Professor Ogilvie was designated as a Chancellor's Professor, a title granted to distinguished faculty at Carleton University. In January 2008, she was invested into the Order of Ontario.

In addition to her contributions as a legal scholar, Professor Ogilvie is also an active supporter of her community.

She is a Director for the Canadian Payments Association, a past Governor of the Carleton University Board of Governors and a past member of the Board of Directors, American Friends of St. Hilda's College, Oxford University.

Following Professor Ogilvie's address, Treasurer 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 also committed to an independent Bar and an independent judiciary." He also told lawyers that the profession has a duty to promote access to justice for all, through legal aid and pro bono work and other means.

The Law Society of Upper Canada governs the legal profession in Ontario in the public interest by ensuring that its members meet high standards of learning, competence and ethics.

The Law Society has a duty 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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