Law Society of Upper Canada

Law Society of Upper Canada

June 09, 2010 13:29 ET

Supreme Court Justice Receives Honorary Doctorate from Law Society

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 9, 2010) - The Law Society of Upper Canada presented a degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LLD), to the Honourable Thomas A. Cromwell, of the Supreme Court of Canada, at a ceremony held today at the National Arts Centre. The Call to the Bar is held annually to welcome the province's newest lawyers to the profession.

Law Society Treasurer W. A. Derry Millar presented the honorary doctorate to Justice Cromwell in recognition of a distinguished career that has melded together the very best traditions of the Bench, the Bar and academia.

"We honour Justice Cromwell today as an illustrious Canadian who possesses a brilliant legal mind, characterized by clarity of thought and sound and analytical reasoning," said Treasurer Millar. "The respect that he has garnered throughout his career is not based solely on his legal prowess, but also his warm and generous nature." 

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.

The Law Society called 219 new lawyers to the Bar of Ontario during the Ottawa ceremony – including 26 Francophone lawyers. The event was the first of five such ceremonies being held across the province this month which will see 1,262 new lawyers enter the profession.

The Honourable Thomas A. Cromwell was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1979. He practised law in Kingston and Toronto and then taught in the Faculty of Law at Dalhousie University in Halifax. From 1992 to 1995, Justice Cromwell worked as executive legal officer to then Chief Justice of Canada Antonio Lamer. He has served in many other notable offices, including: secretary, board of governors, National Judicial Institute (1992 – 1995); president of the Canadian Association of Law Teachers, (1988 – 1989); vice-chair of the Nova Scotia Labour Relations Board and Construction Industry Panel, (1991 – 1992); president of the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice (1999 – 2001); chair of the Board of the Canadian Forum on Civil Justice (2007 – 2008); and commissioner, Law Reform Commission of Nova Scotia (2002 to 2007).

Justice Cromwell has served as a faculty member of programs for new federally and provincially appointed judges, the National Judicial Institute's Intensive Evidence Program, and many other national and provincial continuing education programs. He has authored or contributed to six books and numerous articles and served on the editorial boards for Canadian Criminal Jury Instructions and the Canadian Journal of Administrative Law and Practice. In 1997, he was appointed to the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal and in December 2008, to the Supreme Court of Canada.

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 to act in a timely, open and efficient manner.

A full biography of Justice Cromwell is available online:

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