Rueter Scargall Bennett LLP Essay Prize in Legal Ethics

The Chief Justice of Ontario’s Advisory Committee on Professionalism, with membership spanning from across the Bench and the Bar, the Law Society and the Academy, focuses on a number of initiatives to support the teaching of professionalism in our law schools and throughout the profession.

As part of this effort, the Committee is delighted to announce the recent creation of an annual award to acknowledge the best student papers on any subject relating to legal ethics and professionalism.

This award, sponsored by the law firm of Rueter Scargall Bennett LLP, has been established to encourage law students to think and write about the legal profession. The award will be handed out for the first time following the end of the 2010-2011 academic year.

This prize will be awarded by the Chief Justice of Ontario’s Advisory Committee on Professionalism annually to three law students in Ontario who have written the best essays in the area of legal ethics and professionalism.  The prize will be awarded to the best previously unpublished papers on any topic relating to legal ethics and professionalism written by a student registered in a JD or LLB program at a law school in Ontario in the calendar year preceding the awarding of the prize. Papers must be at least 2000 and not more than 6000 words inclusive of footnotes or endnotes.

The prize for the best paper will be $3,000.  The prize for the second and third paper will each be $1,000. The first-prize winner’s paper will be published in a suitable venue. Additionally, all winners will be invited to a dinner with the Chief Justice of Ontario and the Treasurer of the Law Society of Upper Canada.

Papers are to be submitted by e-mail to Lori Newton in the Office of the Chief Justice of Ontario at lori.newton@ontario.ca no later than February 27, 2011.

For more information about the Chief Justice's Advisory Committee, please visit the Advisory Committee's section on the Law Society's website.