The Laura Legge Award recognizes women lawyers from Ontario who have exemplified leadership within the profession.
The award was established in 2007 in honour of the late Laura Legge, O.Ont., Q.C., the first woman ever elected as a bencher of the Law Society and the first woman to serve as Treasurer.
Most recent recipient
Marie T. Henein, Toronto, called to the Bar of Ontario in 1992
Marie Henein is a past president of The Advocates’ Society (2010–11). She is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Law Commission of Ontario. She is one of the founders of the Court of Appeal’s Appellate Duty Counsel Program. She is certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a specialist in Criminal Law.
She is an adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, where she is currently co-chair of the Criminal Law LLM Program, and also frequently lectures at the Law Society of Upper Canada, The Advocates’ Society, the Ontario Bar Association, the Criminal Lawyers’ Association and the National Judicial Institute.
Ms. Henein’s experience includes a wide range of regulatory, criminal and quasi-criminal litigation representing individual, corporate and institutional clients both at the trial and appellate level.
Mary P. Weaver, Q.C., 2012
Fay K. Brunning, 2011
Crocetta (Chris) Gruppuso, 2010
Janet A. Leiper, 2009
Susan Elliott, 2008
About Laura Legge
Laura Legge, O.Ont., Q.C., graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1948 after earning a B.A. and a nursing degree. In 1955, she and her husband established the still active law firm of Legge & Legge.
Legge served as director and chair on a number of high-profile boards. She was also the recipient of several prestigious awards including the Order of Ontario.
Laura Legge died in 2010.