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Honorary LLD

Each year, the Law Society recognizes outstanding achievement by distinguished members of the profession and the public by awarding Doctor of Laws degrees, honoris causa (LLD) at the call to the bar ceremonies in Ottawa, Toronto and London.

The Law Society has the power to grant honorary degrees by virtue of section 60(2) of the Law Society Act. Degrees are granted in recognition of outstanding achievements in service and benefits to the legal profession, the rule of law or the cause of justice. While generally the accomplishments of a recipient would be related to law or the legal profession, Convocation may in exceptional circumstances confer the degree upon a person whose extraordinary accomplishments, national or international, have been for the public benefit. 

The Call to the Bar is a time of great celebration in the legal community. It offers the profession an opportunity to welcome its newest members, and also to honour those who are role models for the legal community.

Recipients of Honorary LLD

Professor Elaine Craig, 2022
The Honourable Michelle K. Fuerst, 2022
Dean Ian Holloway, 2022
The Honourable Andromache Karakatsanis, 2022
Audrey Loeb, 2022
David C. Nahwegahbow, 2022
The Honourable Paul S. Rouleau, 2022
The Honourable Michael H. Tulloch, 2022

The Honourable John I. Laskin, 2021
Franklyn Harris Bennett, 2021
R. Douglas Elliott, 2021
The Honourable George Czutrin, 2021
Barbara McIsaac, Q.C., 2021
Cathy Crowe, 2021

Max Tibor Eisen, 2020
Philip M. Epstein, OOnt., Q.C., 2020
Janet E. Minor, 2020

Delia Opekokew, 2019
Professor Stephen Toope, OC, 2019
Earl A. Cherniak, QC, 2019

Professor Thulisile Madonsela, 2019
The Honourable Gloria Epstein, 2019
The Honourable James Bartleman, OC, OOnt, 2019
Ovide Mercredi, 2019
Angela Swan, 2019

The Honourable Senator Murray Sinclair, 2018
Reuben Maurice Rosenblatt, QC, 2018
The Honourable Leonard Stephen Mandamin, 2018
The Honourable Eleanore A. Cronk, 2018
Professor Bruce Elman, 2018

The Honourable Harry S. Laforme, 2017
The Honourable George R. Strathy, Chief Justice of Ontario, 2017
Dr. John Borrows, 2017
Sheila Watt-Cloutier, OC, 2017

The Honourable Juanita Westmoreland-Traoré, OQ, 2017

Thomas G. Conway, 2017

Neil R. Finkelstein, 2017

The Honourable Mary Jo Nolan, 2017
Thomas G. Heintzman, OC, QC, 2017


Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler, 2016
Professor David N. Weisstub, 2016
The Honourable Susan E. Lang, 2016
David Lepofsky, 2016
Richard W. Pound, CC, OQ, QC, 2016
Her Excellency Mary Robinson, 2016
Mark M. Persaud, 2016
The Honourable George W. Adams, QC, 2016

The Honourable Russell G. Juriansz, 2015
Jean Teillet, IPC, 2015
James K. Stewart, 2015
Sheila Block, 2015
Julian Porter, QC, 2015
The Honourable Peter A. S. Milliken, PC, OC, 2015
Janet E. Stewart, QC, 2015
The Honourable Marc Rosenberg, 2015
Martin Teplitsky, OOnt., QC, 2015
The Honourable Karen M. Weiler, 2015

Kim Pate, CM, 2014
John H. Sims, QC, 2014
Laurie H. Pawlitza, 2014
Professor Martin Friedland, CC, QC, 2014
The Honourable Stephen T. Goudge, QC, 2014
David F. Smye, QC, 2014

Austin M. Cooper, QC, 2013

The Honourable Edward W. Ducharme (posthumously), 2013
The Honourable Dennis O'Connor, QC, 2013
The Honourable Annemarie E. Bonkalo, Chief Justice of the Ontario Court of Justice, 2013
The Honourable David C. Onley, OOnt., 2013
The Honourable J. Douglas Cunningham, QC, 2013

The Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, 2012
W. A. Derry Millar, 2012
Dr. Shirin Ebadi, 2012
Brian H. Greenspan, 2012
The Honourable Heather Forster Smith, Chief Justice of the Superior Court of Justice, 2012

Professor John D. McCamus, 2011
The Honourable Robert J. Sharpe, 2011
Marion Boyd, 2011
Bonnie Tough, 2011

Abdul Chahbar, 2010
Gavin MacKenzie, 2010
Diana Lynn Fuller, 2010
The Honourable Warren K. Winkler, Chief Justice of Ontario, 2010
The Honourable Thomas A. Cromwell, 2010

The Honourable Fran Kiteley, 2009
Madam Justice Harriet Sachs, 2009
Major-General Richard Rohmer, 2009
George M. Thomson, 2009
Mr. Justice Sidney Linden, 2009

The Honourable Vibert A. Lampkin, 2008
The Honourable Justice Frank N. Marrocco, 2008
The Honourable Coulter A. Osborne, 2008
Margaret Helen Ogilvie, 2008

The Honourable Justice Archie Gray Campbell (posthumously), 2007
Barbara Jackman, 2007
The Honourable W. Dan Chilcott, 2007
The Honourable Brian W. Lennox, 2007

The Honourable Patrick J. LeSage, 2006
Diana Margaret Majury, 2006
Clayton Ruby, 2006
Emily F. Carasco, 2006
Ed Ratushny, 2006

Claude Renwick Thomson, 2005

N. Jane Pepino, 2005
The Honourable Mr. Justice David Watt, 2005
James Lockyer, 2005
Professor Elizabeth Sheehy, 2005

The Honourable Irwin Cotler, 2004
The Honourable Justice Louise Charron, 2004
Professor Mary Jane Mossman, 2004
Professor Vern Krishna, 2004
Nathalie Des Rosiers, 2004
The Honourable James B. Chadwick, QC, 2004

Peter W. Hogg, 2003
Professor Michael Trebilcock, 2003
Chief Roberta Jamieson, 2003
Her Excellency The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, 2003

Mr. Harvey Strosberg, 2002
Professor Alistair MacLeod, 2002
The Honourable Mr. Justice Robert Patrick Armstrong, 2002
Professor Constance Backhouse, 2002
The Honourable Claire L’Hereux-Dubé, 2002
Anna Porter, 2002
Dr. Irving Abella, 2002
William Kaplan, 2002
Professor David Mullan, 2002
Marlys Edwardh, 2002

David William Scott, 2001
The Honourable Mr. Justice William Ian Corneil Binnie, 2001
The Honourable Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella, 2001
The Honourable Mr. Justice James M. Spence, 2001
The Honourable Mr. Justice John W. Morden, 2001
The Honourable Madam Justice Eileen E. Gillese, 2001

His Grace, the Most Reverend Desmond Tutu, 2000
The Honourable Justice Frank Iacobucci, 2000
Rabbi W. Gunther Plaut, 2000
The Right Honourable Beverley M. McLachlin, 2000
The Honourable Justice Lee K. Ferrier, 2000

Hope Sealy, 1999
Maureen Kempston Darkes, 1999
Edward L. Greenspan, 1999
The Honourable Louise Arbour, 1999
The Honourable Mr. Justice Peter deCarteret Cory, 1999
The Honourable Mr. Justice Thomas Zuber, 1999

Ian Gilmour Scott, 1998
The Honourable Robert Keith Rae, 1998
Paul Stephen Andrew Lamek, 1998
E. Susan Elliott, 1998

June Callwood, 1997
The Honourable Allan Rock, 1997

The Right Honourable Ramon John Hnatyshyn, 1996

John Robert Stobo Prichard, 1995
A. Alan Borovoy, 1995

The Honourable Samuel Grange, 1994
Marilyn Lee Pilkington, 1994
The Honourable Robert Gordon Robertson, 1994

The Right Honourable Brian Dickson, 1993
Professor Peter Russell, 1993

The Honourable Kim Campbell, 1992
The Honourable Charles Leonard Dubin, 1992

The Honourable Madam Justice Bertha Wilson, 1991
Arthur Richard Andrew Scace, 1991

L. Yves Fortier, 1989

Laura Louise Legge, 1988
The Honourable Mr. Justice Goldwin Arthur Martin, 1988

Harry William Arthurs, 1987

Warren Earl Burger, 1985
The Honourable Mr. Justice William Goldwin Carrington Howland, 1985
The Honourable Mr. Justice Campbell Grant, 1985

The Honourable Mr. Justice John Douglas Arnup, 1984
The Honourable Roland Roy McMurtry, 1984

The Honourable Mark Rudolph MacGuigan, 1983
The Honourable Mr. Justice Wilson David Griffiths, 1983
The Honourable Paul Joseph James Martin, 1983
The Honourable William Grenville Davis, 1983

Gordon Fripp Henderson, 1982
The Right Honourable Sir Robert Edgar Megarry, 1982
The Right Honourable The Lord Elwyn-Jones, 1982

The Honourable Mr. Justice Sydney Lewis. Robins, 1981
The Honourable Mr. Justice Wesley Gibson Gray, 1981
George Duncan Finlayson, 1981
The Honourable Mr. Justice Willard Zebedee Estey, 1981

David Lloyd Gilbert Johnston, 1980

Stuart Douglas Thom, 1979
Brendan O’Brien, 1979

The Honourable Emmett Matthew Hall, 1975
The Honourable Mr. Justice Ernest Patrick Hartt, 1975

The Right Honourable Daniel Roland Michener, 1974

Arthur Allison Wishart, 1973

The Honourable Mr. Justice Bora Laskin, 1971

The Honourable John Parmenter Robarts, 1970

The Right Honourable Baron Gardiner, 1969

William Lloyd Prosser, 1968

Cecil Augustus Wright (posthumously), 1967

Francis Reginald Scott, 1966

Austin Wakeman Scott, 1965

James Chalmers McRuer, 1964
David Park Jamieson, 1964

John Robert Cartwright, 1963

Harold George Fox, 1962

John Keiller Mackay, 1961

John Delatre Falconbridge, 1960

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