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									For Immediate Release                                                         June 21, 2005

       Law Society Honours Outstanding Members of Legal Community
TORONTO-The Law Society of Upper Canada is awarding its highest honour – the Law Society
Medal – to Ontario lawyers from Toronto, Windsor and Dundas, who have made outstanding
contributions to the legal profession and demonstrated an ongoing commitment to serving their
communities, in a special ceremony to held today.

Law Society Treasurer, Frank Marrocco, Q.C. will present Law Society Medals to recipients:
Paul Joseph James Cavalluzzo (Toronto), Gregory D. Goulin, (Windsor), Charles A.
Harnick, Q.C. (Toronto), Jeffrey S. Leon (Toronto), Christine J.N. Kates (Toronto), Brendan
O’Brien, Q.C. (Dundas), Linda Rothstein (Toronto) and David Stockwood, Q.C. (Toronto).
Originally struck in 1985, the Law Society Medal is awarded each year to distinguished members
of the legal whose service reflects the highest ideals of the profession.

“The Law Society’s top honours are given to those in the legal profession that go above and
beyond what is required of them in serving their clients and their communities,” says Treasurer
Marrocco. “All recipients of the medals are exemplary role models for members of the profession
and the people of Ontario.”

“These individuals through their commitment to the profession and their communities have
embraced and demonstrated core values of the practice of law such as access to justice, equity
and diversity and access to legal services,” continued Marrocco.

The ceremony begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Great Library at the Law Society, which is located
at 130 Queen Street West (near the intersection of York St. and Queen St.)

Lincoln Alexander Award also announced

The ceremony will also mark the fourth year the Lincoln Alexander Award will be presented. The
award recognizes a lawyer who has made a commitment to the public and community service and
to the people of Ontario. This year’s award recipient, Toronto lawyer Keith M. Landy is being
honoured for being a champion for human rights and religious tolerance throughout his
longstanding career as a lawyer and community leader.

The Lincoln Alexander Award was created in honour of former Lieutenant Governor of Ontario,
Member of Parliament, and 2002 Law Society Medal recipient The Hon. Lincoln M. Alexander,
P.C., C.C., O.Ont., Q.C., to reward his dedication to the people of Ontario and the legal

“The Law Society is proud to present these awards to such high-caliber candidates and esteemed
colleagues whose actions, hard work and dedication we celebrate and hold up as the finest
demonstration of advancing the cause of justice in this province,” explained Treasurer Marrocco.

Formed in 1797, The Law Society of Upper Canada is responsible for governing Ontario’s legal
profession in the public interest. It is the Law Society’s role to educate, admit and regulate all
lawyers in Ontario. Visit us online at www.lsuc.on.ca.

Editor’s Note: Media should contact the Law Society to confirm the attendance of recipients and
to make any special arrangements for coverage.


For more information, contact:

For more information contact: Lisa Reilly, (416) 947-7625, lreilly@lsuc.on.ca

Biographical Information- 2005 Law Society Medals

Paul Joseph James Cavalluzzo (Toronto)
Cavalluzzo will receive the Law Society Medal for using the law to promote access to justice for
those at the economic margins and for his strong commitment to legal scholarship. Called to the
Bar in 1973, Cavalluzzo began his career at a large firm on Bay Street and left shortly thereafter
to pursue his interest in labour and public law. He earned a L.L.M. from Harvard Law School. In
1983, he became a founding partner now known as Cavalluzzo Hayes Shilton McIntyre and
Cornish. Throughout his career, he has represented trade unions, professional associations and
individuals, primarily in the areas of labour, constitutional, administrative and public law.
Cavalluzzo’s commitment to public service has been demonstrated through his work on two
complex public inquiries. In 2000, he was appointed to serve as Chief Commission Counsel to the
Walkerton Inquiry and again in 2004 to the Arar Inquiry. His nominators praise Cavalluzzo for
demonstrating “the very best attributes that one would hope to see in an advocate. He has been
fearless in representing the interests of his clients, while displaying the utmost courtesy to his
opponents and the tribunals before whom he has appeared.”

Gregory D. Goulin (Windsor)
Goulin was chosen as a recipient of the Law Society Medal for his dedication to both the legal
community and the community in which he resides. Goulin is a certified specialist in criminal law
as well as a qualified non-denominational padre for Scouts Canada. Throughout his almost 30
years before the bar, he has additionally taught the bar admission course and criminal
investigation techniques over two decades. Goulin has served as President of the Essex Law
Association and a Table Officer of the Ontario Bar Association, as well as Trustee of the
Advancement of Legal Education and Research Trust. He has served as an officer, director and
pro bono counsel to many charities and is the founder and chair of a charitable corporation
dedicated to the provision of supervised residential accommodation to homeless young males.
Goulin has also served as the vice president of the North American Black Historical Museum. His
nominator wrote that his “career as a lawyer and his parallel vocation as a community leader
deserves suitable recognition…to hold him up as an example of the highest traditions of our most
noble profession so that others may in their own way follow suit and continue to make their
respective communities better places to live, to work and to raise their families.”

Charles A. Harnick, Q.C. (Toronto)
Former Ontario Attorney General Harnick will be awarded the Law Society Medal for his
involvement in the legal profession, as well as his extensive contributions to the community
through politics, communications and the environment. Called to the Bar in 1977, Harnick
became a Queen’s Counsel in 1992. For nine years he served as a member of the Ontario
Provincial Parliament for the Willowdale riding. In 1995, Harnick was appointed Attorney
General of Ontario and Minister Responsible for Native Affairs – a post he held until
1999.Following his term as Attorney General, he facilitated initial work between lawyers and
paralegals to negotiate a protocol on which proposed legislation for paralegal regulation could be
based. Harnick is currently a principal of Counsel Public Affairs, a communications consulting
company. He also continues in the practice of law and is a federal land claim negotiator. “Charles
Harnick’s accomplishments as a Member of the Bar and the Attorney General are varied and
significant, and to this day, the profession and the Law Society are benefiting from these
accomplishments. Most noteworthy were his contributions to the legal profession…in the creation
of Legal Aid Ontario, the implementation of mandatory mediation in the civil courts and the
assistance he provided the profession in guiding the amendments to the Law Society Act through
the Ontario Legislature,” said one of his nominators.

Jeffrey S. Leon (Toronto)
Leon has been committed to improving the civil justice system and the practice of civil litigation
in Ontario throughout his career and is receiving the Law Society Medal for his outstanding
contributions in this area. He began his career as a law clerk to the Chief Justice of Ontario, then
joined the firm of Campbell Godfrey & Lewtas (now Fasken Martineau DuMoulin) where he has
practised throughout his career, becoming a partner in 1984. Leon is nationally and
internationally recognized as a leading litigation counsel and as a leader of the civil litigation bar.
He has acted in commercial, corporate, securities, professional negligence, product liability and
class proceedings litigation matters and in a variety of administrative law matters. He is the
Immediate Past President of the Advocates’ Society and a Fellow of the American College of
Trial Lawyers. He is also a prolific author, lecturer and panelist in legal publications and
continuing education programs. “Throughout his career, Leon has been selflessly dedicated to the
promotion of justice, to the training of young lawyers, to the betterment of the profession and to
the use of law and the legal profession to improve society,” said one of his nominators.

Christine J.N. Kates (Toronto)
Kates is to receive the Law Society Medal for taking on the extraordinary task of legal oral
historian. Since 1979, Kates has conducted interviews across Canada with over 700 interviewees.
These have included interviews with Justices of the Supreme Court of Canada, the Federal Court,
the Superior Court of Ontario, the Ontario Court of Justice, Chief Justices across Canada for the
Canadian Judicial Council, Justices of the Peace, former Treasurers and Benchers of the Law
Society of Upper Canada, past Presidents and founders of the Advocates’ Society, judges,
lawyers, law librarians, police officers and other legal professionals. These interviews were
conducted for many government departments and groups, including The Osgoode Society whose
work she endorses vigorously. Recently, Kates was retained by the Department of Justice to
interview many of the key players in the development of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
One of her nominators explains, “She believes strongly in the special value of this method {oral
history} and that traditional methods such as the perusal of written correspondence do not have
the same raw spontaneity as the oral interview. These qualities are invaluable to future historians
trying to understand the lived experience, and motivation behind our greatest legal events.”

Brendan O’Brien, Q.C. (Dundas)
O’Brien is to receive the Law Society Medal for his countless contributions to the province’s
justice system as a longstanding and distinguished presence in Ontario’s legal profession.
O’Brien began as a junior with the firm of Phelan and Richardson. He continued with the firm
becoming Senior partner before the merger with Aylesworth Thompson in 1986. During a career
that spanned six decades, O’Brien was a professor at Osgoode Law School for several years and
in 1979 became the first president of the Osgoode Society. He taught at Osgoode Law School in
the 1950s and in the Bar Admission Course until 1959. O’Brien was elected a Bencher of the Law
Society in 1959 and was elected Treasurer in 1966. During his term he made significant
contributions including outlining a plan, which would eventually become the basis for the Law
Foundation of Ontario. He remains an active participant of Convocation to this day. According to
one of his nominators, “over the past seventy-two years, Brendan O’Brien has made immense
contributions to the legal profession and it is in recognition of these contributions and his
enduring service that I am nominating him for the Law Society Medal.”

Linda Rothstein (Toronto)
A tireless and highly effective advocate of the highest integrity, Rothstein is to receive the Law
Society Medal for her dedication to the improvement of advocacy within the Ontario legal
system. Rothstein is a partner at Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein LLP and has engaged in a
wide-ranging litigation and administrative law advocacy practice. She has experience before a
broad range of administrative tribunals and regulatory bodies and regularly appears before all
levels of court. Rothstein is the incoming President of the Advocates’ Society, having served in a
variety of positions, including First Vice-President and Treasurer. She is a frequent speaker on a
wide range of issues in the areas of civil litigation and advocacy, professional regulation and
liability and employment law and human rights for various organizations. One of her nominators
wrote, “Linda Rothstein’s professional career has been devoted to the interests and welfare of her
clients, her colleagues in the profession and the improvement of advocacy and trial practice.”

David Stockwood, Q.C. (Toronto)
Stockwood will receive the Law Society Medal for his work as a respected arbitrator, mediator
and author in the legal profession. He is a senior partner at Stockwoods LLP practising in the
areas of corporate/commercial litigation, professional negligence, intellectual property litigation,
professional discipline, health law, defamation and administrative law. He is a Fellow of the
American College of Trial Lawyers and founder of the Private Court, which is one of Ontario’s
first alternative resolution organizations. Stockwood writes and speaks at legal conferences
extensively. He has served as editor of The Advocates Society and has authored two legal texts,
Civil Litigation, A Practical Handbook and Injunctions. He is the past Chair of the Ontario Bar
Assistance Program and continues to be an active member. “He has a wide-ranging practice that
has taken him into courts at all levels in this country and that includes a broad experience before
administrative tribunals as well,” says one of his nominators. “Apart from being one of the best
lawyers I have ever known, he is a highly regarded author and educator in the profession.”

Biographical Information- 2005 Lincoln Alexander Award

Keith M. Landy (Toronto)

Landy will receive the fourth annual Lincoln Alexander Award for his remarkable contributions
as a distinguished member of the Ontario Bar and as a respected community leader. He came to
Canada from Southern Africa, and received his law degree from the University of Windsor.
Landy, who is the senior partner at the litigation firm of Landy Marr LLP, has practised as a civil
litigator since he was called to the Bar in 1977. He has been certified as a Specialist in Civil
Litigation by the Law Society of Upper Canada and has completed the Harvard University
Mediation Workshop. He is a past director of the Advocates’ Society and past council member of
the Ontario Bar Association. He is an enthusiastic participant in the Law Society’s Practice
Advisory Mentorship Program. Landy has actively participated in the Canadian Jewish Congress
for 25 years. In May 2001, he became the national President of Canadian Jewish Congress. As
national President of CJC, Landy represented Canadians at conferences around the world
speaking out against racism and antisemitism, and promoting Canadian values, particularly
multiculturalism. Among Landy’s many achievements, as Chair of CJC Ontario, he was
instrumental in pressing for the passage of the first Holocaust Memorial Day – Yom Hashoah-
Act in the Ontario Legislature (similar Acts have now been passed in all 10 Provinces and in
Parliament). Landy was a delegate at the U.N. World Conference Against Racism, Racial
Discrimination and Xenophobia, in Durban South Africa. In April 2004, Landy actively
participated in the official Canadian Governmental Delegation to the Organization for Security
and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) conference on antisemitism.

His nominator wrote: “Throughout his illustrious career as a lawyer and community leader, Keith
has been a champion for human rights and religious tolerance. He did not leave the fight to
others, but he took a leadership role.”


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