The Award of Justice


The Advocates' Society Award of Justice honours advocates who exemplify the finest traditions of advocacy while representing members of our society whose cause may be politically or socially unpopular, or run counter to the mainstream.

Nomination Deadline

2015 Recipient
Joseph J. Arvay, Q.C., Farris LLP

Past Recipients
1997 - Raj Anand
1999 - Jeffery H. Wilson
2000 - Barbara L. Jackman
2003 - M. David Lepofsky
2006 - Jacquie Chic
2008 - Susan M. Vella
2010 - Lawrence Greenspon
2012 - James Lockyer
2015 - Joseph J. Arvay, Q.C.

About the Award Statue


The Award of Justice was designed and executed by Canadian sculptor Ivaan Kotulsky. The gryphon has heraldic significance and ancient connection with the law. It was said to be the offspring of a lion and an eagle, and Sir Thomas Browne records that it is emblematic of watchfulness, courage, perseverance and rapidity of execution. The emblem has been used privately to some extent, but was, at a very early time, adapted by Gray's Inn. This may have been the beginning of its association with the law.