2009 recipient: Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic
The Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic is renowned for its commitment and efficacy in addressing both the immediate consequences and underlying causes of violence against women.
2008 recipient: A. Alan Borovoy, Canadian Civil Liberties Association
Through Alan Borovoy’s forty years of inspired leadership, the CCLA has become this country’s foremost advocate for freedom of speech and expression. As General Counsel of the CCLA, he devoted extraordinary amounts of time and energy to be an advocate for the rights and freedoms of people who might otherwise be denied them.
2006 recipient: Martin Teplitsky, Q.C., L.S.M., Teplitsky, Colson
An innovative supporter of community justice and numerous charitable causes, Martin Teplitsky founded the Lawyers Feed the Hungry Program and was instrumental in launching the Law in Action Within Schools (LAWS), the country’s first law-and-justice themed high school program.
2005 recipient: The Honourable R. Roy McMurtry
As a volunteer, lawyer, judge, former Attorney General of Ontario and Chief Justice of Ontario, Roy McMurtry is a man of countless accomplishments. He is an unwavering supporter of Pro Bono Law Ontario and is one of the founders of the Ontario Justice Education Network. He was instrumental in the negotiations leading to the enactment of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and continues to champion access to justice for all Canadians.
2001 recipient: Jim Baillie, Counsel, Torys
One of the country’s foremost corporate lawyers, James Baillie has made an outstanding contribution to the administration of justice and legal education in the corporate and securities law areas. His longstanding service to many government, institutional and educational bodies has made an enduring benefit to the profession and wider community.
1999 recipient: Balfour Halévy, Law Librarian Emeritus and Professor Emeritus
(Osgoode Hall Law School of York University)
Balfour Halevy, professor emeritus and retired law librarian at York University, has significantly influenced North American and particularly Canadian law librarianship. Under his leadership, Osgoode’s law library was the first to develop the academic law library Acquisitions Program, which later became the Virtual Academic Law Library Project.
1998 recipient: Parkdale Community Legal Services
The PCLS was selected in recognition of the organization’s valuable contribution to law students in the provision of hands-on experience and the clinic’s focus on the study of poverty law and reflection on the broader themes of the administration of justice and law reform.
1997 recipient: Peter N. Oliver, Editor−in−Chief of the Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History
From 1979−1998, Peter Oliver served as the editor-in-chief of The Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History, publishing 35 volumes. As Editor, he spearheaded many innovative and interesting projects. Also a professor of Canadian history at York University, Prof. Oliver specialized in the political, social and legal history of Ontario in the 19th and 20th centuries, as well as correctional history and penology. He was the author of five books, including Terror to Evil-Doers: Prisons and Punishment in Nineteenth Century Ontario (1998).