Legal luminaries to receive honorary LLDs from Law Society

Media Advisory - A former judge of Ontario's highest court, a trailblazing advocate for inclusion and a leading law professor/author will each receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree (LLD) from the Law Society this month. 

The presentations will take place at three Toronto Call to the Bar ceremonies at Roy Thomson Hall on June 19 and 20.

The Law Society confers LLDs, honoris causa, in recognition of outstanding achievements in service and benefit to the legal profession, the rule of law or the cause of justice. Each honorary LLD recipient serves as an inspirational keynote speaker for the new lawyers attending the Call ceremonies.

The three LLD recipients at the Toronto ceremonies are as follows: 

The Honourable Stephen T. Goudge, QC - June 19, 2:30 p.m.

Recognized for his highly distinguished career - both as a lawyer and judge - Goudge's determination and creativity were instrumental in creating solutions in alternative dispute resolution, legal aid and middle income access to justice. Recently retired from the Court of Appeal of Ontario, he is widely renowned for his passion for the law and his commitment to legal education, ethics and professionalism. Full biography

Professor Martin Friedland, CC, QC - June 20, 9 a.m.

The recipient of numerous awards and honours for his teaching, research and work in law reform, Professor Friedland's critical analysis of the law has had a significant influence on public policy and the criminal justice system. He is an acclaimed legal scholar, educator and author, and is highly esteemed as a mentor and example to generations of students and lawyers.Full biography

Laurie H. Pawlitza - June 20 at 2:30 p.m.

Internationally recognized as a family law lawyer with a passion for family law reform, the former Law Society Treasurer is being recognized for her dedication to her clients, her profession and her community. During her time as Treasurer, she led a number of important and groundbreaking initiatives to expand the inclusiveness of the Law Society and the legal profession. Full biography

The Law Society will call ­­1,160 new lawyers to the Bar of Ontario at the June 19 and 20 ceremonies. More than 1,460 new lawyers are being called at the five Call to the Bar ceremonies being held across the province in June.

Media please note: Upon arrival at Roy Thomson Hall, please check in at the media desk. On-site interviews and photos may be arranged in advance. Please confirm your attendance in advance, by contacting Susan Tonkin at 416-947-7605 or