Law Society presents honorary doctorate to Lamer Commission counsel, Ed Ratushny
OTTAWA, July 12 – LAWFUEL – Press Release Service – The Law Society of Upper Canada presented an
honorary degree of Doctor of Laws (LLD) to Ed Ratushny, C.M., Q.C., S.J.D., Professor of Law at the University of Ottawa, at a ceremony to welcome the province’s newest lawyers.
Law Society Treasurer Gavin MacKenzie presented the honorary doctorate to Mr. Ratushny, who most recently served as senior counsel to the Lamer Commission of Inquiry, for his tireless efforts to improve the administration of justice in Canada.
The Law Society called 215 new lawyers (20 per cent of whom are
Francophone) to the bar during the ceremony. The Law Society also called
internationally trained lawyers who have completed the requirements of the National Committee on Accreditation and the Law Society’s Licensing Process.
In congratulating the graduates Treasurer Gavin MacKenzie noted, “The
practice of law is neither a trade nor a business. It is a profession based on foundations of service and it comes with implicit professional obligations – one of which is to protect the legal rights of people who cannot afford legal services. As lawyers you will play a critical role in making legal services more accessible by choosing to take on legal aid work, providing pro bono services and being involved in your communities. You will find that some of your most rewarding hours as a lawyer will be those for which you never render an account.”
Each year, as part of its call ceremony, the Law Society awards an
honorary doctorate to a distinguished person who exemplifies the values held in esteem by the legal profession. Recipients serve as keynote speakers to inspire the graduating class as the new lawyers begin their careers.
“Ed Ratushny has worked tirelessly for the improvement of the legal and justice system, through his dedicated work as an educator, legal scholar and advocate. He is a credit to the profession and a role model for today’s graduates,” said Treasurer MacKenzie.
Mr. Ratushny was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1972. He received an
LL.B. from the University of Saskatchewan, an LL.M. from the University of London, and an LL.M. and S.J.D. from the University of Michigan.
Mr. Ratushny was senior counsel with the Lamer Commission of Inquiry into three murder convictions in Newfoundland, whose findings were released in June 2006. He has served as a member of, or counsel to, several governmental boards, commissions and task forces in the areas of human rights, environmental law and immigration law.
Mr. Ratushny has written extensively in the field of criminal evidence and the Supreme Court of Canada has frequently cited his book on
self-incrimination. He has written, consulted, acted and taught in diverse areas such as transportation, environmental, labour, competition, military, immigration, refugee and human rights law.
He was appointed as the first Special Advisor on Judicial Affairs to the Minister of Justice of Canada and currently is consulted by the Canadian Judicial Council in relation to the conduct of judges. He has also been a
guest of the Judiciaries of Ireland and China to speak to their judges on
judicial conduct issues. In recent years, he has been more active in the field of sports and entertainment law. In addition to representing professional hockey players, he is a member of the International Court of Arbitration for Sport and the ADR Program for Amateur Sport in Canada. He also teaches a course in sports and entertainment law at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, where he has taught since 1976.
Mr. Ratushny was made a member of the Order of Canada in 1991. He was
also awarded the Justice Award by the Canadian Institute for the
Administration of Justice in 1999 and the CCAT Medal by the Council of
Canadian Administrative Tribunals in 2004.
The Ottawa ceremony is one of five the Law Society is conducting in July to call 1,000 new lawyers to the Ontario bar. Calls will also be held in London on July 17 and in Toronto on July 20 and 21.
As part of the Law Society’s mandate to govern the legal profession in the public interest, the Law Society is responsible for the licensing,
admission and regulation of the almost 37,000 lawyers in Ontario. For more information about the Law Society, visit us online at: www.lsuc.on.ca.