Law Society of Upper Canada

Law Society of Upper Canada

June 07, 2007 15:15 ET

Media Advisory/Photo Opportunity: Law Society to Present Honorary Doctorate to the Honourable Brian W. Lennox, Former Chief Justice, Ontario Court of Justice

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 7, 2007) - The Law Society of Upper Canada will present a degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LL.D.), to the Honourable Brian W. Lennox, former Chief Justice of the Ontario Court of Justice, at its Call to the Bar ceremony in Ottawa on June 12. Justice Lennox will be recognized for his outstanding achievements in service and benefits to the legal profession, the rule of law or the cause of justice.

The Law Society will call 177 new lawyers to the Ontario Bar (17.5 per cent of whom are Francophone) at the Ottawa ceremony.

Each year, as part of its call ceremony, the Law Society awards an honorary doctorate to a distinguished person who exemplifies the values held in esteem by the legal profession. Law Society Treasurer Gavin MacKenzie will present the honorary LL.D. to Justice Lennox, who will deliver the keynote address to the new lawyers.

The Honourable Brian W. Lennox was Chief Justice of the Ontario Court of Justice from May 1999 to May 2007 and is currently on secondment with the National Judicial Institute. Prior to his appointment as Chief Justice, he served as Associate Chief Judge and as a Regional Senior Judge with the Court. He has practised as a Crown Attorney, and in private practice. As well, he has been a part-time professor both with the Faculty of Law and with the Department of Social Sciences (Criminology) at the University of Ottawa. He is a frequent lecturer in the areas of judicial administration, advocacy and criminal law and is a lecturer with the Canadian Association of Provincial Court Judges.

When: Tuesday, June 12, 2007
9 a.m.

Where: The National Arts Centre
53 Elgin Street, at Confederation Square, Ottawa, Ontario

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.

Please note: Upon arrival, please check in at the media desk in the front foyer. On-site interviews and photos may be arranged in advance. Please confirm your attendance in advance, if possible.

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