Olivier D. Girardeau, a law student from Quebec, wins the CBA’s 2014 Edward K. Rowan-Legg Award

  • February 20, 2015

Ottawa РOlivier D. Girardeau, a law student at the Universit̩ de Montr̩al, has been chosen by the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) as the 2014 winner of the Edward K. Rowan-Legg Award.

The Edward K. Rowan-Legg Award recognizes a student member’s contribution to the CBA.  This is the first time the award has gone to someone from the Quebec Branch.

Olivier Girardeau, who expects to receive his bachelor of laws degree in 2015, has been a CBA-Quebec member since 2012. He was supposed to receive the award last August at the CBA Legal Conference but was unable to attend. He will will receive the award on Saturday, February 21, at the Fairmont Château Laurier, during the CBA Mid-Winter Meeting of Council. 

“As president of CBA-Quebec’s student section, he has reinvigorated a section that was flagging,” says Michèle Moreau, past President of the CBA’s Quebec Branch.

Michèle Moreau describes his “contagious enthusiasm” as a dedicated and loyal volunteer. He planned a program of highly successful mock interviews for law students in each of Quebec’s law faculties.

“The Branch was also able to rely on him to organize an event that drew students from every law faculty,” adds Michèle Moreau.

The Edward K. Rowan-Legg Award was established by Judi Rowan-Legg in honour of her husband, Edward K. Rowan-Legg of Ontario and Nova Scotia.  He was a dedicated and active member of the CBA, who served as CBA National Treasurer from 1999 until his death in 2001.  The Award, a cash prize of $1,000, is designed to recognize an outstanding contribution to the CBA by a student member and facilitate the student member’s participation in the CBA Legal Conference.

The meeting is open to accredited media.  Please contact Hannah Bernstein at hannahb@cba.org 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, law teachers, and law students from across Canada are members.