LSO presents James Bartleman with honorary LLD

The Law Society of Ontario presented an honorary LLD to James Bartleman, Ontario's 27th lieutenant governor, at its Call to the Bar ceremony on June 20.

LSO presents James Bartleman with honorary LLD
Malcolm Mercer, Renée Pomerance, James Bartleman and Teresa Donnelly at the call to the bar ceremony in London on June 20.

The Law Society of Ontario presented an honorary LLD to James Bartleman, Ontario's 27th lieutenant governor, at its Call to the Bar ceremony on June 20.

Law Society Treasurer Malcolm Mercer presented the honour to Bartleman, who then delivered the keynote address to the 111 new lawyers at the ceremony.

Bartleman, who is a member of the Chippewas of Rama First Nation, was recognized for his great contributions to the province and country throughout his distinguished career. During his term as lieutenant governor from 2002 to 2007, he worked to help eliminate the stigma of mental illness, fight racism and discrimination and encourage Indigenous youth, a statement by the LSO said. He also launched the first Lieutenant Governor's Book Drive, which collected 1.2 million used books for First Nations schools and Native Friendship Centres throughout Ontario.

Prior to his appointment, Bartleman served for 35 years in Canada's Foreign Service as ambassador to Cuba, Israel, NATO and the European Union, as well as high commissioner to South Africa and Australia.

An acclaimed author, Bartleman holds several honours and awards and is an officer of the Order of Canada and a member of the Order of Ontario.

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