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The 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.

2021 recipients

Peter Griffin Called to the Bar in 1980, Peter Griffin is recognized as one of Canada’s top civil litigators. Through precedent-setting decisions, exceptional advocacy, unwavering commitment to education and mentorship, and his involvement in positively advancing the legal profession and broader community – Mr. Griffin represents the very best in the legal profession.

Eldon Horner Called to the Bar in 1995, Eldon Horner has been a long-time passionate advocate of solicitor issues across the province. He has devoted his time to the betterment of the profession through his work with his local law association and the Federation of Ontario Law Associations. Additionally, he has demonstrated outstanding dedication to his local community of South Dundas.

Judith Huddart Called to the Bar in 1982, Judith Huddart is being recognized for her leadership and contributions to the advancement of family law in Canada. As a founding member and subsequent president of the Ontario Collaborative Law Federation, she has helped establish an interdisciplinary collaborative approach to family law which supports safe, accessible and non-litigious resolutions for families.

Susan Kyle Called to the Bar in 1993, Susan Kyle has dedicated her entire career to public service. She is Ontario’s first female Assistant Deputy Attorney General, Criminal Law Division. An inspirational leader, she is an agent of change in the development and modernization of criminal law and the administration of justice in the province of Ontario.

Candice S. Metallic Called to the Bar in B.C. in 1997 and Ontario in 2006, Candice Metallic is a true champion who has devoted her career to law reform and the advancement of legal and social justice for Indigenous Peoples. Her leadership and groundbreaking work have been transformative in advancing Indigenous rights in Canada.

Janice Payne Called to the Bar in 1976, Janice Payne was one of the first women in private practice in Ottawa. During the 1980s she was a pioneer as she argued pivotal precedent-setting cases and wrote, interpreted and litigated Ontario’s condominium laws. Having shifted her area of practice, she is now one of the top Canadian lawyers in employment law.

Professor Poonam Puri Called to the Bar in 1999, Professor Puri is one of Canada’s most influential legal scholars. Her research has led to significant policy and regulatory reform. She is a thoughtful professor and generous mentor to law students and young lawyers. Her trailblazing pro bono efforts to improve access to justice led to the establishment of Osgoode Hall Law School’s Investor Protection Clinic, the first of its kind in Canada.

medalHistory of the medal

Originally struck in 1985, the Law Society Medal has been awarded to more than 100 lawyers in recognition of distinguished service.

The Medal is made of sterling silver and is in the shape of a heraldic rose; the petals covered in white enamel. The white rose of York was chosen because it forms part of the Law Society’s coat of arms; it symbolizes the fact that the Law Society's seat was in York County, and that Toronto was called York at the time when Osgoode Hall was created in 1829.

The Law Society's motto, "Let Right Prevail," appears in a red enamel circle in the centre of the rose, surrounded by a stag. The stag came originally from the coat of arms of Sir John Beverly Robinson, an early Treasurer. A beaver was also included as it appears in the Law Society's coat of arms.

Recipients of the Medal are permitted to wear it on appropriate occasions, and can also use the designation LSM (short for Law Society Medal) after their names.

See a list of all recipients of the Law Society Medal.

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