The Law Foundation of Ontario created the Guthrie Award in 1996 to honour H. Donald Guthrie who served as a Foundation trustee for 21 years, including 13 years as Chair. The Guthrie Award recognizes outstanding individuals for their contributions to access to justice.
A Guthrie Award recipient joins the legacy of the Guthrie Award and becomes a member of an esteemed group recognized for their achievements in improving access to justice. Past recipients have come from many directions – the judiciary, private bar, community legal clinics, and nonprofit organizations. They saw a chance to make a difference and took it.
Guthrie Award recipients have:
- Built bridges between youth and the justice system
- Advanced justice for Indigenous peoples
- Strengthened the community clinic system to assist people with low-incomes
- Launched the country’s first law-and-justice themed high school program
- Helped to understand and address the consequences and causes of violence against women
- Contributed to legal education in Ontario
- Advocated for freedom of speech and expression
- Modernized the running of law libraries
- Provided hands-on poverty law experience to law students
- Strengthened legal protections of people with disabilities
Guthrie Award recipients
The Law Foundation of Ontario is pleased to announce that its 2013 Guthrie Award will be presented to Justice Stephen Goudge of the Ontario Court of Appeal.
The Law Foundation of Ontario is pleased to announce that the 2011 Guthrie Award recipient is legal education and legal aid champion, Judith McCormack.
The Law Foundation of Ontario is pleased to announce the following Guthrie Award recipients: Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic; A. Alan Borovoy; Martin Teplitsky; The Honourable R. Roy McMurtry; Jim Baillie; Balfour Halévy; Parkdale Community Legal Services; Peter N. Oliver.