The recipients are selected based on the following criteria:
- Dedication to mentoring other advocates;
- Generosity of time and expertise, with a commitment to assisting more junior advocates;
- Commitment to The Advocates’ Society’s mentoring and educational programs; and,
- Professionalism in all aspects of his or her participation in the work of the Society, including mentoring and education programs.
The recipient must be a lawyer in good standing with the Law Society of Ontario and a member of The Advocates’ Society.
About the Award:
The late Eric Hoaken exemplified excellence in mentoring.
Eric, called to the Ontario Bar in 1994, was a committed member of The Advocates’ Society for nearly two decades, including serving as a Director on the Board of the Society. A gifted counsel, Eric was an exceptional teacher and mentor to many, and supported countless associates at the firms at which he practiced and beyond, helping them develop professional development plans to build their expertise and profiles in the legal community. He was unfailingly generous with his time and expertise, and always empathetic and kind in listening to and guiding his mentees. Eric maintained his good nature and great sense of humour throughout.
Eric also chaired of dozens of TAS programs, including the Court House Series, Spring Symposium and Fall Convention. His passion for advocacy and for people touched and benefited hundreds of Society members and many other members of our profession.
The Award will be presented biennially with the first award to be presented in 2020.