The Laura Legge Award

Laura LeggeThe 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, OOnt, QC, the first woman ever elected as a bencher of the Law Society and the first woman to serve as Treasurer.

2015 recipient

Kimberly Murray is the 2015 Laura Legge Award recipient.

Murray is a member of the Kahnesatake Mohawk Nation.

She is Assistant Deputy Attorney General, Aboriginal Justice Division, where she is responsible for overseeing the Ontario government’s response to the Iacobucci Report, First Nations Representation on Ontario Juries. She has been in the role since April 1, 2015.

Prior to her new position, Murray was the executive director of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) (2010–15).

She has worked to ensure that survivors of Canada’s Indian Residential Schools system are heard and remembered.

Her goal has been to promote reconciliation between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people and to create a new relationship that is based on mutual understanding and respect.

From 1995 to 2010, Murray was staff lawyer and then executive director of Aboriginal Legal Services Toronto. She became known for her perseverance, commitment to social justice and ethical lawyering.

She received her LLB from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1993 and was called to the Bar in 1995.

She was instructing counsel at the Ipperwash Inquiry, counsel at the Goudge Inquiry and made an important contribution to the creation of the Gladue Courts.

Murray has sat on the board of the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted and the Law Society’s Aboriginal Working Group. 

Past recipients

Susan E. Opler, 2014
Marie T. Henein, 2013
Mary P. Weaver, QC, 2012
Fay K. Brunning, 2011 
Crocetta (Chris) Gruppuso, 2010 
Janet A. Leiper, 2009
Susan Elliott, 2008

About Laura Legge

Laura Legge, OOnt, QC, 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.