Law Society of Upper Canada

Law Society of Upper Canada

June 11, 2012 15:50 ET

Media Advisory/Photo Opportunity: Renowned Defence Lawyer to Receive Honorary Doctorate from Law Society

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 11, 2012) - The Law Society of Upper Canada will present a degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LLD), to renowned trial and appellate lawyer Brian H. Greenspan at its Call to the Bar ceremony in Toronto on June 13.

Mr. Greenspan will receive the honour in recognition of his numerous contributions to the legal profession through his teaching, writing, and his commitment to continuing legal education. He is also being recognized for his extraordinary skill as a trial and appellate advocate, with more than 200 reported cases.

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.

Law Society Treasurer Laurie H. Pawlitza will present the honorary LLD to Mr. Greenspan who will then deliver the keynote address to the new lawyers.

The Law Society will call 358 new lawyers to the Bar of Ontario at the ceremony. More than 1,300 new lawyers are being called at the five Call to the Bar ceremonies held throughout Ontario in June.

A biography of Mr. Greenspan is attached.

When: Wednesday, June 13, 2012
9:30 a.m.
Where: Roy Thomson Hall
60 Simcoe Street
Toronto, Ontario

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

Biography of Brian H. Greenspan

Brian H. Greenspan's skill and dedication to the profession of law have made him one of Canada's most highly regarded defence lawyers.

He is a partner at the Toronto firm, Greenspan, Humphrey, Lavine. He received his BA from the University of Toronto in 1968 and his LLB from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1971. He was awarded the Laidlaw Foundation Fellowship and received his LLM from the London School of Economics in 1972. He was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1974.

He taught the administration of criminal justice at Osgoode Hall Law School (1977 - 1984) and was a special lecturer in criminal law at the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto Law School (1984 - 1998). He was a member of the faculty of the Federation of Law Societies Criminal Law Program (1979 - 1998).

He was president of the Criminal Lawyers' Association (Ontario) (1989 - 1993) and was the founding chair of the Canadian Council of Criminal Defence Lawyers (1992 - 1996). He was a member of the Ontario Judicial Appointments Advisory Committee (1997 - 1999), a director of the Advocates' Society (2000 - 2003), a member of the President's International Advisory Council of the University of Toronto (2004 - 2010) and a member of the Ontario Securities Commission Enforcement Advisory Committee (2007 - 2009).

He is a member of the Ontario Regional Committee of the Supreme Court Advocacy Institute, a member of the board of directors of the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted (AIDWYC) Foundation, Book Clubs for Inmates and the Society for the Reform of the Criminal Law.

Greenspan is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a Fellow of the International Society of Barristers. In 2002, he was awarded the Douglas K. Laidlaw Medal for excellence in oral advocacy, and in 2010, received the G. Arthur Martin Medal in Criminal Justice for contributions to criminal justice in Canada.

He has been listed in: The Best Lawyers® in Canada since its inception in 2007; The International Who's Who of Business Crime Defence Lawyers® since 2003; the Lexpert® Guide to the 500 Leading Lawyers in Canada; and in August 2010 was named by Canadian Lawyer as one of the "Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers in Canada."

He has more than 200 reported cases. Some of his more notable cases include Regina v. Mohan, the leading Supreme Court of Canada case on expert evidence, Regina v. Amour Pharmaceuticals (the tainted blood case), as well as Eagleson, Livent and Royal Plastics.

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