2019 Award Applications are now open for President's Award, all Student Awards and the new Chappell Partners/June Bushell award. This year's Award Dinner will take place on June 12, 2019.

President's Award

The WLAO President's Award recognizes a woman who has made a substantial contribution to the legal community as an academic, adjudicator, litigator, solicitor, author, or related profession. The recipient must demonstrate a commitment to the promotion of women in the law and be recognized as a leader. Encompassing the ideals of the Women's Law Association, the recipient of the President's Award will be engaged, aware and connected to issues, substantive and personal, facing women in the legal profession today. The Award may also be presented to a firm or organization exemplifying the ideals for which it is given. The President's Award is presented at an annual dinner in Toronto in June. Download Nomination Form (deadline March 30, 2019)

2018: Arleen Huggins 2017: Women`s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF) 2016: May Cheng 2015: The Barbra Schlifer Clinic 2014: Elizabeth Grace 2013: Professor Marilyn Pilkington and Judith Huddart 2012: Delia Opekokew 2011: Laurie Pawlitza 2010: Bonnie Tough 2009: Barbara Hendrickson 2008: Kirby Chown 2007: The Honourable Madam Justice Sandra Chapnik 2006: Elizabeth Atcheson 2005: Madam Justice Susanne R. Goodman Mary Louise Dickson, Q.C. 2004: Beth Symes Marlys Edwardh 2003: Janet E. Minor 2002: Linda Silver Dranoff Avvy Yao-Yao Go 2001: Professor Constance Backhouse 1999: Sanda Rodgers Margaret Ross Madam Justice Lynn D. Ratushny 1998: Susan Elliott The Honourable Judge Mary Jane Hatton 1997: Marilou McPhedran V. Maureen Kempston-Darkes 1996: Madam Justice Louise Arbour Carole Curtis Juanita Westmoreland-Traore 1995: Madam Justice Mabel Van Camp Mary Duncan 1994: Marva Jemmott Q.C. 1993: Mary Eberts 1992: Francis Kitely 1991: The Honourable Bertha Wilson 1990: Margaret Hyndman Q.C. Jane Pepino 1989: Past Presidents of WLAO June Bushell Margaret Fasken Baird Campbell Madam Justice Tamarin Dunnet Patricia Drozdoski Margaret Turvey Haig Judith Hendy Mary Lamont Laura Legge Fern Levis Betty Jane Macdonald Lynda Tanaka Eileen Mitchell Thomas Madam Justice Mabel Van Camp Margot A. Warren

New!! Chappell Partners LLP/June Bushell Award

Submission deadline: May 27th, 2019 This award acknowledges a lawyer who, like June Bushell, experienced and overcame adversity in pursuing a career in law and, despite that adversity, is making  a positive contribution through her legal practice. The award is open to female lawyers with 5 or more years of practice.  The recipient will determine to which registered charity a donation of $1000 will be made in her name. The Applicant’s letter to the reviewing panel should set out her circumstances and be accompanied by two letters of support/reference attesting to the challenges facing, or faced by, the Applicant and her contributions her clients, community or the practice of law.  These documents should be sent to the WLAO by email to wlao@cogeco.ca no later than May 27, 2019 with the Applicant’s contact information. The award will be presented in Toronto at the WLAO Awards night on June 12, 2019.  The recipient will be invited to a luncheon with the partners of Chappell Partners LLP on a date mutually agreed upon.

General Counsel Chapter Award

Nomination deadline: March 30, 2019 The WLAO General Counsel Chapter Award, established in 2015, recognizes a member of the General Counsel Chapter for her leadership role and commitment to the success of women in law. Awarded internally. The first presentation of this award was to Norie Campbell of the TD Bank Group in June 2015. The 2016 recipient of the award was Dorothy Quann of Xerox Canada. The recipient of the 2017 award was Doris Stamml, Chief General Counsel at Ernst & Young. And the 2018 award was presented to  Judy Naiberg, the VP, Legal & Business Affairs at Sony Music Entertainment Canada Inc.

The Honourable Sandra Chapnik Women-in-Law Award

Submissions deadline: April 30th of the current year The Honourable Sandra Chapnik Women-in-Law Award recognizes female law students who exemplify the drive and determination to achieve a law degree after having spent time in the workforce.
  1. Currently enrolled in an Ontario law school (include transcripts and a CV);
  2. A defined need for financial assistance (to be determined at law school with supporting documentation); and
  3. An essay of no less than 200 words explaining the above, her past experiences and her future goals.
As a guest of honour at the WLAO Annual Awards dinner in June, the recipient will receive her award and have the opportunity to meet many influential and successful women lawyers, legal educators, and judges from the Toronto area. This award will be administered through the WLAO and Ontario law schools with final selection by a panel consisting of the Honourable Sandra Chapnik and two WLAO board members. Annual Award Amount: $1,000 Download Application Form

Avril A. Farlam Advocacy Award

Submissions deadline: April 30th of the current year The Avril A. Farlam Advocacy Award is designed to recognize outstanding participation in the legal clinic program of any one of the Ontario law schools to be determined by:
  1. Academic achievement (ie. marks);
  2. A copy of applicants CV (curriculum vitae), and;
  3. Essay of no more than 200 words describing how the applicant believes the legal clinic experience will make her a better lawyer
As a guest of honour at the WLAO Annual Awards dinner in June, the recipient will receive her award and have the opportunity to meet many influential and successful women lawyers, legal educators, and judges from the Toronto area. Annual Award Amount: $1,000 Download Application Form

Aird & Berlis Equality Award

Submissions deadline: April 30th of the current year The Women's Law Association of Ontario and Aird & Berlis LLP Equality Award is designed to recognize a woman law student who has dedicated her time and talents to advancing equality rights. The recipient will receive a monetary award of $1000.00. The recipient of the award will demonstrate the following characteristics (for details see application form):
  • female registered, in good standing, at an Ontario faculty of law and studying for an LL.B, J.D. or LL.M.; and
  • a record of dedication to advancing equality rights (such as, but not limited to religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, mental health, refugee, aboriginal, minority and HIV/AIDS victim's rights).
As a guest of honour at the WLAO Annual Awards dinner in June, the recipient will receive her award and have the opportunity to meet many influential and successful women lawyers, legal educators, and judges from the Toronto area. Funds are available for accommodation and travel costs to Toronto for the recipient to attend the Awards dinner. To obtain an application form please contact your law school’s Career Services office or contact Women's Law Association of Ontario directly. Download Application form

2017 Yadesha Satheaswaran, Osgoode Hall Law School 2016 Stacey MacTaggert, University of Western Ontario Law School 2015 Elisa Mangina, University of Toronto 2014 Iman Amin, University of Ottawa 2013 Samara Sector, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University 2012 Maria Nunez, Queen's Law School 2011 Christine Dankowych, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University 2010 Andree Taylor University of Ottawa 2008 Shaneka Shaw Osgoode Hall Law School 2007 Rosario Cartagena University of Ottawa

Torkin Manes LLP Trailblazer Award

Submissions deadline: April 30th of the current year Torkin Manes LLP and WLAO have established the Trailblazer Award to recognize a female law student for her leadership role in business and the law (this could be corporate/commercial, not-for-profit, or entrepreneurial). This award is given to a student that best exemplifies the qualities of effective business leadership, innovatively applied know-how, and potential for growth. The award (with a monetary award of $1,000) will be presented at a gala dinner in June 2018. The recipient of this award will demonstrate the following qualifications and characteristics:
  • female student registered in 2nd or 3rd year and in good standing at an Ontario faculty of law, and studying for a J.D. or LL.M. (the successful candidate will likely be enrolled in a joint J.D./LL.M. and MBA degree program);
  • an acknowledged leader, actively demonstrating the promotion of women in business;
  • exceptional legal expertise and proven business acumen; and
  • demonstrates an entrepreneurial and business focused spirit, with a strong sense of how to put a project or idea into action.
Please return completed application form along with a letter of merit (not to exceed two pages) outlining the candidate’s qualifications for this award. If appropriate, please provide supporting documentation (i.e. letters of recommendation, curriculum vitae).   Download Application Form
2017 Precia Darshan, Queen's University, Faculty of Law 2016 Diana Pegoraro, Osgoode Hall Law School 2015 Alexandra Aliferis, University of Toronto 2014 Denise Brunsdon, University of Western Ontario

Lerners LLP/WLAO Elizabeth Grace Emerging Leaders Award

Lerners LLP has established the Lerners LLP/WLAO Elizabeth Grace Emerging Leaders Award to recognize women in law who are emerging leaders in their fields. The award aims to recognize practical, policy and/or academic law-related work, leadership and contributions in areas that advance the understanding of sexual and/or domestic violence and abuse, or otherwise advances the rights and interests of vulnerable persons who have suffered and/or are at risk of suffering such violence and abuse.

McCarthy Tetrault Community Contribution Award

2013 Benita Ann King University of Windsor 2012 Saron Gebresellassi University of Ottawa 2011 Amelia Martin University of Ottawa 2010 Amy Slotek University of Windsor Law 2008 Seema Shah Osgoode Hall Law School 2006 Victoria Creighton Osgoode Hall Law School 2005 Melissa Ghislanzoni University of Western Ontario