The Catzman Award for Professionalism and Civility

The Catzman Award for Professionalism and Civility

The Catzman Award was created in 2008 by the Catzman Family together with The Advocates' Society and the Chief Justice of Ontario's Advisory Committee on Professionalism. It's awarded in memory of the Honourable Marvin A. Catzman of the Court of Appeal for Ontario.

Nominations are now open for The Catzman Award for Professionalism and Civility. Nominate a deserving advocate by May 27, 2024. The award will be presented at the Opening of the Courts in September 2024 and acknowledged at The Advocates’ Society End of Term DinnerTM the following year.

Nomination Form
About the Award:

This annual Award recognizes individuals who demonstrate the qualities exemplified by Justice Catzman throughout his distinguished career, including:

  • An exemplary knowledge of the law;
  • Integrity, fairness and civility;
  • Generosity of time and expertise, with a commitment to mentorship and/or legal education; and
  • Dedication to the highest ideals of the legal profession
  • The recipient must be a lawyer in good standing with The Law Society of Ontario and is not required to be a member of The Advocates' Society.
Past Recipients:

2009 – Stanley G. Fisher, KC
2010 - Jeffrey S. Leon, LSM
2011 - Bryan A. Carroll and John Norris
2012 - Connie Reeve
2013 - L. David Roebuck & W.A. Derry Millar
2014 - Michal Fairburn
2015 - Samuel S. Marr
2016 - Donald Bayne
2017 - Kenneth Cole
2018 - Tom Curry
2019 - Gregory Richards
2020 - Robert J. Frater, KC
2021 – Jennifer McAleer
2022 - Neha Chugh
2023 - Nader R. Hasan
About Justice Catzman:

Throughout his distinguished career both as an advocate and a judge, Justice Marvin Catzman earned an exemplary reputation for his knowledge of the law, his integrity, his fairness, his civility and his dedication to the highest ideals of the legal profession. He inspired younger lawyers by example and contributed to legal education by writing and lecturing with great insight and humour. He was unfailingly generous to colleagues with his time and expertise. Justice Catzman's career was characterized by all of the qualities that are encompassed by the terms professionalism and civility. The successful candidate for the Catzman Award will be a person who exemplifies these qualities.