Law Society of Upper Canada

Law Society of Upper Canada

June 16, 2009 12:03 ET

Superior Court Judge and Former Fighter Pilot to Receive Honorary Doctorates

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 16, 2009) - Two distinguished members of the legal profession will each receive an honorary degree - a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LL.D.) - from The Law Society of Upper Canada during ceremonies to welcome new lawyers to the profession on June 18.

Madame Justice Harriet Sachs, of the Superior Court of Justice, will be recognized as a pioneer and role model for women in the legal profession. Major-General Richard Rohmer will be recognized 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.

Law Society Treasurer W. A. Derry Millar will present the honorary doctorate to Madame Justice Sachs on the morning of June 18. She will then deliver the keynote address to new lawyers at that ceremony. Major-General Rohmer will receive his LL.D. from the Treasurer at the afternoon ceremony, and will then deliver the keynote address to the new lawyers attending that Call.

The Law Society will call approximately 614 new lawyers to the Ontario Bar at the two ceremonies on June 18. More than 1,200 new lawyers will be called at the five Call to the Bar ceremonies being held throughout the province this month.

When: Thursday, June 18, 2009
9 a.m. - Madame Justice Harriet Sachs

2 p.m. - Major-General Richard Rohmer

Where: Roy Thompson Hall, 60 Simcoe Street, Toronto, Ontario

The Law Society regulates lawyers and paralegals in Ontario in the public interest. The Law Society has a mandate 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 act in a timely, open and efficient manner.

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