Ottawa Law Help centre to be renamed after access to justice champion
Pro Bono Ontario will honour the late David Scott’s legacy and his impact on access to justice in Ontario and officially rename the Ottawa Law Help centre in his memory.
Former chief justice Beverley McLachlin will be speaking at a reception attended by Scott’s family on Nov. 1 at the atrium of the Ottawa Courthouse on 161 Elgin Street, an announcement from Pro Bono Ontario said.
Scott, who co-founded PBO and was its chairman for many years, died on March 21 at 83.
Called to the Ontario Bar in 1962, Scott was national co-chairman and senior counsel at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP until his death. He worked with his father, Cuthbert Scott, in his law firm Scott & Aylen, which, after a series of mergers, became part of BLG.
In his lengthy legal career, Scott received numerous awards and recognitions. In 1984, he was elected as a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and later became its first Canadian president in 2003. In 2010, Scott received the Lexpert Lifetime Achievement Award in Pro Bono, and in the following year, he was invested as an Officer of the Order of Canada.