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Monday, March 19, 2018

Monday, March 19, 2018
Lenny Abramowicz says receiving an award to honour his work from the Law Society of Ontario acknowledges the community clinics system and legal aid system.


The Law Society of Ontario has announced the recipients of the 2018 Law Society Medal. Lenny Abramowicz, one of the recipients, is executive director of the Association of Community Legal Clinics of Ontario. For the past three decades, he has worked to promote equal access to justice and equality for low-income Ontarians. Abramowicz says this award is a team effort for the work that’s been done in the field.

“I don’t see this as an individual recognition but as a recognition for the community clinics system and legal aid system overall,” he says.

Called to the bar in 1987, Abramowicz says there’s more to do on increasing access to justice and providing help to low-income communities and vulnerable individuals but the recognition from the Law Society is a positive step forward in the legal field.

“The type of work we do is important, and I think the law society is recognizing that more,” he says.

The other recipients for the 2018 Law Society Medal are: Kathleen Lickers, a Seneca from Six Nations of the Grand River, who’s recognized for her involvement in Indigenous affairs; John Andrew Olthuis, who represents First Nations peoples across the country in litigation and negotiation; Gilles LeVasseur, a Franco-Ontarian who has dedicated his career to the rights of Ontario’s francophone community; Carissima Mathen, a law professor at the University of Ottawa who has worked on issues such as women’s equality and public legal education; and Walter Martin Traub, who is considered one of Canada’s foremost experts in mortgage and real estate law.


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Law Times asked readers if they agreed with this finding.

Fifty per cent said that yes, the court has jurisdiction and it was right to uphold the decisions to deny status to the student groups.

Fifty per cent said no, upholding these decisions breached principles of natural justice and is contrary to Charter values.

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