The Advocates’ Society Medal


The Advocates’ Society Medal is the highest expression of esteem that the Society can convey to one of its members. It is intended to honour those who have demonstrated clearly their pre-eminence as counsel and who are acknowledged unequivocally as leaders of the bar, who have been dedicated and active members of The Advocates' Society, and who have made a significant contribution to the profession of law and to the well-being of the community at large.

Members of The Advocates’ Society are invited to submit nominations for the Medal. Each nomination should include the nominee's curriculum vitae and a statement of how the nominee meets the criteria for the Medal.

Nomination Deadline: Friday, September 8, 2017

Please send nominations in electronic format to: Rachel Stewart, Senior Events & Marketing Coordinator, at

2017 Recipient

The Advocates' Society is proud to announce that the 2017 Advocates’ Society Medal was presented to Stephen Grant, LSM, Grant & Savardi on Febuary 15, 2017 in Toronto.  

Past Recipients

1974 - Joseph Sedgwick, Q.C.
1975 - Arthur E. Maloney, Q.C.
1976 - John J. Robinette, Q.C.
1977 - Isadore Levinter, Q.C.
1980 - Walter B. Williston, Q.C.
1983 - Brendan O'Brien, Q.C.
1985 - Douglas K. Laidlaw, Q.C., posthumously
1987 - The Honourable John D. Arnup, Q.C.
1988 - The Honourable G.Arthur Martin, Q.C.
1990 - Charles F. McKeon, Q.C.
1995 - John P. Nelligan, Q.C.
1996 - Earl A. Cherniak, Q.C.
1999 - David W. Scott, Q.C.
1999 - Kenneth E. Howie, Q.C.
2003 - C. Scott Ritchie, Q.C.
2003 - The Honourable Justice Eleanore A. Cronk
2006 - Austin M. Cooper, Q.C.
2008 - Sheila R. Block
2008 - Kristopher H. Knutsen, Q.C.
2009 - Edward L. Greenspan, Q.C.
2010 - Ronald G. Slaght, Q.C.
2011 - The Honourable W. Ian C. Binnie
2012 - Marlys Edwardh, C.M., LSM
2013 - The Honourable Associate Chief Justice Dennis O'Connor
2014 - Philippa G. Samworth
2016 - James C. Simmons, Q.C.
2017 - Stephen Grant, LSM