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Law Society Awards Guidelines – Law Association Reps

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This article has been curated from the recent LSO newsletter.

 

Assessment Instructions Law Society Awards

To ensure consistency in review of each nominee, Committee members are asked assess nominations based on the scoring grid provided for each award category.  In assessing who you think is particularly worthy, consideration may be given to equality, diversity and inclusion principles and the following:

  • practice experience,
  • practice location (urban, rural, under-serviced areas, geographic regions across the province),
  • practice size (solo, small, medium, large firm),
  • practice type (private practice, government, in house, education, clinic ….)
  • practice area (criminal, civil, commercial, real estate, poverty/clinic law, human rights, general practitioner…)
  • solicitor or litigator practice
  • exemplary contributions beyond the requirements of their employment
  • care giving role, community or civic activities,
  • achievements in light of systemic or societal barriers

 

To assist committee members in assessing the nominations, committee members are asked to grade each nomination using the points guide below for each award category.

 

Law Society Medal

Each year, the Law Society of Ontario awards the Law Society Medal to selected lawyers

who have made a significant contribution to the profession.

 

The award is given for outstanding service within the profession, whether in the area of

practice, in the academic sphere, or in some other professional capacity where the service

is in accordance with the highest ideals of the legal profession. It may be awarded for

devotion to professional duties over a long term or for a single outstanding act of service.

 

Assessment of Law Society Medal Nominations

Significant contribution or outstanding service to the profession.

In assessing the nominee’s contribution consider extraordinary career achievements in their field of law or professional capacity, demonstrated leadership, reputation in the profession or the community at large, pro bono and volunteerism in the profession or community at large, teaching, writing, mentoring, and any other activities set out in the nomination that may contribute to duties over a long term or for a single outstanding act of service or extraordinary achievement. Consider the impact these activities have had on access to justice, a specific area of law, a marginalized community or the community or profession at large.

 

Medal Scoring      
  Insufficient Moderate High Exceptional
   

0 – 4 points

 

5 – 6 points

 

7- 8 points

 

9 -10 points

Contribution/ Outstanding Service Insufficient contributions or outstanding service to the profession. Moderate contributions or outstanding service to the profession. Impressive /excellent contributions or outstanding service to the profession. Exceptional contributions or outstanding service to the profession.
         
Low impact Moderate impact High impact Very high impact

 

 The Lincoln Alexander Award

The Lincoln Alexander Award was established in 2002 and is awarded annually in recognition of an Ontario lawyer or paralegal who has demonstrated long-standing interest and commitment to the public and to the pursuit of community service on behalf of residents of Ontario. The award was created in honour of The Honourable Lincoln M. Alexander, PC, CC, OOnt, CD, QC, LSM, to reward his dedication to the people of Ontario and the legal community.

The honour is granted only to members of the Law Society of Ontario or in recognition of service given while a member of the Law Society.

Assessment of Lincoln Alexander Award Nominations

Long standing interest and commitment to public and to the pursuit of community service on behalf of residents of Ontario.

In assessing the nomination consider acts and achievements that have demonstrated long-standing interest and commitment to the public and to the pursuit of community service on behalf of residents of Ontario. Consider the impact these activities have had on a local community, community or charitable programs, a marginalized community or the community at large.

 

Lincoln Scoring      
  Insufficient Moderate High Exceptional
   

0 – 4 points

 

5 – 6 points

 

7- 8 points

 

9 -10 points

Commitment to community and public Service Insufficient contributions to demonstrate a long-standing commitment to community service. Moderate contributions to demonstrate a long-standing commitment to community service. Impressive /excellent contributions to demonstrate a long-standing commitment to community service. Exceptional contributions to demonstrate a long-standing commitment to community service.
         
Low impact Moderate impact High impact Very high impact

 

The Laura Legge Award

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

 

Assessment of Laura Legge Award Nominations

Demonstrated leadership by a woman lawyer.  

In assessing the nomination consider acts and achievements that have exemplified leadership within the profession. Consider the impact these activities have had on access to justice, leadership in the profession, specific area of law or academic field, a marginalized community, the community or profession at large.

 

Laura Legge Scoring      
  Insufficient Moderate High Exceptional
  0 – 4 points 5 – 6 points 7- 8 points 9 -10 points
Contribution/ Outstanding Leadership and Service Insufficient contributions to demonstrate  leadership by a woman lawyer. Moderate contributions to demonstrate leadership by a woman lawyer. Impressive /excellent contributions to demonstrate leadership by a woman lawyer. Exceptional contributions to demonstrate leadership by a woman lawyer.
         
Low impact Moderate impact High impact Very high impact

 

The Shirley Denison Award

In April 2015, Convocation approved the establishment of an award in honour of former Treasurer John Shirley Denison, to be bestowed annually in recognition of significant contributions to access to justice and/or poverty issues.

Both paralegal and lawyer licensees of the Law Society of Ontario are eligible for this award, established to honour Denison’s commitment to helping others.

 

Assessment of Shirley Denison Award Nominations

Significant contribution to access to justice or poverty issues.  

In assessing the nomination consider acts and achievements that have demonstrated significant contributions to access to justice and/or poverty issues. Consider the impact these activities have had on access to justice including clinic, pro bono or legal aid work, a specific area of law, a marginalized community or the community or profession at large.

 

Denison Scoring      
  Insufficient Moderate High Exceptional
  0 – 4 points 5 – 6 points 7- 8 points 9 -10 points
Contribution/ Outstanding Service to access to justice and poverty law Insufficient contributions to access to justice or poverty issues. Moderate contributions to access to justice or poverty issues. Impressive /excellent contributions to access to justice or poverty issues. Exceptional contributions to access to justice or poverty issues.
         
Low impact Moderate impact High impact Very high impact

 

The William J. Simpson Distinguished Paralegal Award

The Distinguished Paralegal Award was created in 2011 and renamed in 2014 in honour of William J. Simpson, to recognize a paralegal who has demonstrated one or more of the following criteria:

  • outstanding professional achievement;
  • contribution to the development of the profession;
  • devotion to professional duties;
  • adherence to best practices and mentoring of others in best practices;
  • a history of community service;
  • personal character that brings credit to the paralegal profession.

 

Assessment of William J. Simpson Distinguished Paralegal Award Nominations

Significant contribution or outstanding service to the paralegal profession.

In assessing the nomination consider acts and achievements that have demonstrated outstanding achievement, contribution and leadership within the paralegal profession, community service, devotion to professional duties, mentoring and other activities set out in the nomination that may contribute to outstanding service or extraordinary achievement. Consider the impact these activities have had on access to justice, the paralegal profession and the professions at large, a marginalized community or the community at large.

 

Paralegal Award Scoring      
  Insufficient Moderate High Exceptional
  0 – 4 points 5 – 6 points 7- 8 points 9 -10 points
Contribution/ Outstanding Achievement Insufficient contributions to demonstrate outstanding service to the paralegal profession. Moderate contributions to demonstrate outstanding service to the paralegal profession. Impressive /excellent contributions to demonstrate outstanding service to the paralegal profession. Exceptional contributions to demonstrate outstanding service to the paralegal profession.
         
Low impact Moderate impact High impact Very high impact

 

 

 

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