Nominate a Lawyer for the Distinguished Service Award by Sept. 28

Lee Cohen QC & Carrie Ricker

2019 DSA recipient Lee Cohen QC (right) with 2019-2020 President Carrie Ricker

The Society’s Distinguished Service Award, established in 1999, is presented to a member of the Society who has made significant contributions to the community and the profession. It is open to both practising lawyers and non-practising members (including retired and life members). In some circumstances, it may be granted posthumously.

The Distinguished Service Award Committee reviews the nominations and makes a recommendation to Council based on these considerations:

The recipient is of unimpeachably good character, with a reputation for the highest professional integrity.

Professional Achievement
The recipient is amongst the leaders in the practice of law or the academic realm.

Service to the Profession
The recipient has made long-term, exceptional volunteer contributions to elevate the legal profession through work with one or more of the following: the Society, the justice system, legal scholarship or otherwise.

Community Service
The recipient is an outstanding contributor to the community, through volunteer service and a commitment to making the world a better place.

The recipient has made an outstanding contribution to the betterment of the law or the improvement of the justice system.

The recipient espouses the highest ideals of the legal profession and is a person to whom all members can look for inspiration.

Members of the Society and the public may nominate a lawyer by completing the nomination form by September 28, 2020.

Questions? Please contact Katie Lister, Governance, Policy & Planning Officer, at