Douglas Judson of Toronto wins 2015 CBA Edward K. Rowan-Legg Award

  • August 13, 2015

CALGARY – Douglas Judson, a JD/MBA graduate from Osgoode Hall and the Schulich School of Business at York University, has been named the 2015 winner of the Edward K. Rowan-Legg Award by the Canadian Bar Association (CBA).

The Edward K. Rowan-Legg Award recognizes a student member’s contribution to the CBA

Doug Judson has already made his mark not only on the CBA, but on the legal profession as a whole. “Doug has been a leader on issues facing law students and articling students, a dedicated member of the CBA, and an outstanding student academically,” said Mark L. Berlin, Chair of the CBA’s Equality Committee in making the announcement.

Doug Judson has been engaged in law student advocacy, on issues related to legal education and training policy, and equity matters in the legal profession. As the first president of the Law Students’ Society of Ontario, he contributed to discussions about the licensing for new lawyers and the accessibility of legal education, two high profile issues facing law students in Ontario.

His contributions to the CBA include his involvement as vice-chair of the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Conference (SOGIC) in Ontario.  He has also been active in SOGIC nationally, and has assisted in the planning of professional development programs. He was instrumental in crafting the Ontario Bar Association resolution calling for non-discrimination in legal education, which was passed in February 2014. He has also contributed to the CBA’s Legal Futures initiative.

“Passionate about the issues, Doug has become an ambassador for SOGIC through his effective liaison with other equity-seeking groups,” adds Mark Berlin. “He is truly deserving of this year’s award.”

The Edward K. Rowan-Legg Award was established by Judi Rowan-Legg in honour of her late husband, Edward K. Rowan-Legg of Ontario and Nova Scotia.  The Award, a cash prize of $1,000, recognizes an outstanding contribution to the CBA by a student member and offers the student member the opportunity to participate in the CBA Legal Conference.

The award will be presented on Thursday, Aug. 13 during the 2015 CBA Legal Conference in Calgary, Aug. 13-16. The conference is open to accredited media. Please contact Hannah Bernstein for accreditation.

The CBA is dedicated to support for the rule of law, and improvement in the law and the administration of justice. Some 36,000 lawyers, notaries in Quebec, law teachers, and law students from across Canada are members.

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