TORONTO, ON — The Law Society of Upper Canada presented a degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LLD), to The Honourable Mary Jo M. Nolan at its Call to the Bar ceremony on June 19 in London.
The Law Society awards honorary doctorates to distinguished people in recognition of outstanding achievements in the legal profession, the rule of law or the cause of justice. Recipients serve as inspirational keynote speakers for the new lawyers attending the Call to the Bar ceremonies.
The Honourable Mary Jo M. Nolan was called to the Ontario Bar in 1983 and has been dedicated to the administration of justice throughout her career as a social worker, court manager, counsel, case management master and judge of the Superior Court of Justice.
In particular, she has been an advocate for access to justice for the most marginalized residents in Windsor and southern Ontario, especially troubled families and children.
She has also been a mentor and an example to hundreds of law students and lawyers, not only as a lawyer and a judge, but also as an educator at the University of Windsor, inspiring many to follow their passion and to serve the public. Retired from the bench since 2014, she continues to work as an arbitrator and mediator and is an inspiration for women in law.
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Law Society Treasurer Paul Schabas awarded the honorary LLD to The Honourable Mary Jo M. Nolan, who then delivered the keynote address to the soon-to-be lawyers, members of the audience and guests.
In his remarks to the newly called lawyers at the ceremony, Treasurer Schabas said, “As lawyers, you have the capacity to make a difference. Your education and training, and your position as a member of the profession, empowers you and, in turn, can empower others. Your job is to use the law, and to develop the law, for the good of your clients and the good of society.”
A total of 85 lawyers were called to the Bar at the London ceremony.
The Law Society of Upper Canada is the governing body for more than 50,000 lawyers and 8,000 paralegals in the province of Ontario, Canada. The mandate of the Law Society is to govern the legal profession in the public interest by upholding the independence, integrity and honour of the legal profession for the purpose of advancing the cause of justice and the rule of law.
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