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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.

2018 recipient

Mary Lou Fassel is the 2018 Laura Legge Award recipient.

Called to the Bar in 1983, Mary Lou Fassel has demonstrated extraordinary achievement and leadership throughout her work at the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic. Over the past 30 years, she has dedicated herself to improving legal services to female survivors of violence and to the reform of laws and legal system responses to support survivors.

Past recipients

Breese Davies, 2017
Lisa Borsook, 2016
Kimberly Murray, 2015
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.