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Law Society presents honorary LLD to The Honourable John I. Laskin

November 22, 2021

At the November 26, 2021 Convocation meeting the Law Society will present a degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LLD) to The Honourable John I. Laskin, a renowned expert in advocacy and a leader in judicial education.

Access to the webcast will be available on the morning of, via

The webcast will be available on-demand at the same link, approximately a week later.

The Law Society awards honorary doctorates each year to distinguished individuals in recognition of outstanding achievements in the legal profession, the rule of law or the cause of justice.

“I am honoured to be able to confirm the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa upon The Honourable John I. Laskin,” said Teresa Donnelly, Treasurer, Law Society of Ontario. “His career exemplifies a dedication to the law, the profession and public service. His intelligence, professionalism and humility have earned him widespread respect.”

Following his graduation from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, Mr. Laskin was called to the Bar in 1971. He practised civil and public law. He was the head of the litigation department at Davies, Ward and Beck from 1984 to 1994 and he was counsel to three royal commissions and three provincial inquiries. Following a distinguished career as a counsel, he was appointed to the Court of Appeal for Ontario in 1994 and retired in 2018.

Throughout his career he has been a frequent speaker, lecturer, and teacher — a renowned expert in advocacy and a leader in judicial education. He has championed the value of powerful and effective decision writing that better serves judges and tribunal members and can be readily understood by the public.

For over 25 years he has dedicated much of his time to teaching judgment writing, decision writing, oral judgments and written and oral advocacy, not only in Canada but worldwide. 

He has taught at the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice, the National Judicial Institute, the Canadian Association of Provincial Court Judges and The Advocates Society, as well as for courts, legal associations and administrative tribunals across the country. 

Internationally, he has taught judges and prosecutors in Hong Kong, Albania, Barbados, China, New Mexico, Scotland, Jamaica, Ukraine, and Tanzania, as well as at the special tribunals and the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

His membership in professional organizations includes: the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal 1984-85; Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers; Director of the Advocates Society; and Member of the Law Society Task Force on the Rules of Professional Conduct, 1998-2001.

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