Awards: Nominations and Selection Process

Each year the Law Society invites nominations for the Law Society awards. Awards for lawyers include the Law Society Medal, the Lincoln Alexander Award and the Laura Legge Award. Paralegals are eligible for the Distinguished Paralegal Award. Both lawyers and paralegals are eligible for the J. Shirley Denison Award.

Nominations

Nominations for the awards must be submitted in writing by each year's deadline (announced every year on this website) and must include:

  • a letter of nomination setting out the reasons for the nomination
  • background information on the nominee’s outstanding service and achievements as they relate to the award
  • a current curriculum vitae, and
  • letters of support from other members of the Law Society or the public supporting the nomination.

Nominations are encouraged for members from all communities, practice areas, firm sizes, and regions across the province.

Selection Process for Lawyer Awards

Nominations for lawyer awards are reviewed by the Law Society Awards Committee, which is chaired by the Treasurer of the Law Society. The committee also comprises five Law Society benchers, the Chief Justice of Ontario, Chair of Ontario Law Deans, President of the Ontario Bar Association, President of the Advocates’ Society and the Chair of the County and District Law Presidents’ Association. The committee reviews all nominations and reports to Convocation in-camera with their recommendations for the awards. The committee’s recommendations must be approved by Convocation.

Selection Process for the Paralegal Award

Nominations for the paralegal award are reviewed by a selection committee comprising all five paralegal members of the Paralegal Standing Committee, the Vice-Chair of the Paralegal Standing Committee, a lay bencher member of the Paralegal Standing Committee and the Treasurer of the Law Society or designate. The selection committee reviews all nominations and reports to Convocation in-camera with their recommendation for the award. The committee’s recommendation must be approved by Convocation.

Announcement of Award Recipients

The names of each year's award recipients are made public once all of the recipients have been contacted. The names, together with details of the ceremony at which the awards will be bestowed on the recipients, are published on the Law Society’s website and shared with the media in a press release.