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CCLA Awards: Nominations Now Accepted!

December 9, 2019  
The CCLA is excited to issue the call for nominations for all of our awards to be presented 2020. This year, we are accepting nominations for six awards, which will be presented at our Awards Dinner in March, our Annual Institute of Family Law in April, and our East Region Solicitors Conference in May. 

The Carleton Medal 
The Carleton Medal is given to a lawyer (including a retired lawyer, judge, former judge, or paralegal) who is most deserving of recognition for great diligence, high ideals and outstanding leadership in the practice of law throughout their career. Those who will receive the medal will have made a significant contribution to the profession of law, whether as a solicitor in effectively performing services in that position, as a barrister in attaining an excellent reputation in the courts, as an academic, or for a single act of notable distinction that advances the ideals of the profession. The medal will be awarded only to a member or former member of the County of Carleton Law Association. The Carleton Medal will be presented at our Awards Dinner on March 27, 2020. 

The Gordon F. Henderson Award  
The Gordon F. Henderson Award is presented to a lawyer (including a retired lawyer, a judge, a former judge, or a paralegal) who has made a significant contribution to the welfare of the community by performing charitable services on behalf of the community. In recognition of the recipient’s their great dedication and high ideals in service to the community, a $1,000 donation will be made by the CCLA, on the recipient’s behalf, to a charity of the recipient's choice. The award will be given only to a member or former member of the County of Carleton Law Association. The Gordon F. Henderson Award will be presented at our Awards Dinner on March 27, 2020. 

The Regional Senior Justice Award 
The Regional Senior Justice (RSJ) Award honours a lawyer in practice ten (10) years or less who has made an outstanding contribution as a litigator or as a solicitor within the profession through their excellence as a professional, as well as outside the profession by making an outstanding contribution to the community. The RSJ Award will be awarded only to a member or former member of the County of Carleton Law Association.  The Regional Senior Justice Award will be presented at our Awards Dinner on March 27, 2020. 

NEW: The Legal Innovator Award 
The Legal Innovator Award is given to a lawyer, paralegal or judge (or group thereof) who practiced or practices in the County of Carleton and whose courage, perseverance and/or innovations in the practice of law contributed to the betterment of the profession and/or made it easier for those who followed. The Legal Innovator Award will be presented for the first time at our Awards Dinner on March 27, 2020. 

The Hon. Heidi Levenson Polowin Award for Family Law 
The Polowin Award is given to a lawyer who has made an outstanding contribution to the practice of family law through their career, whether as a litigator, solicitor, judge and/or alternative dispute resolution neutral. The medal will be awarded only to a member or former member of the County of Carleton Law Association. In recognition of the recipient’s great dedication to and high ideals in the practice of family law, a $1,000 donation will be made by the Polowin Family in Heidi’s memory to a charity of the recipient's choice. The Polowin Award will be presented at the Annual Institute of Family Law in April 2020. 

The Abe Feinstein Solicitor Award  
The Abe Feinstein Award is given to a solicitor who has distinguished themselves throughout their career by exemplary service to the Association and to the profession and has shown commitment to the community. This will be awarded only to a member or former member of the County of Carleton Law Association. The Abe Feinstein Solicitor Award will be presented at the East Region Solicitors Conference in May 2020. 

Nomination forms must be submitted by Friday, January 31, 2020. The nomination form can be found here, or on our website on the Awards page

Your nomination forms can be submitted by email to Rick Haga (rhaga@ccla-abcc.ca). You may also mail your nomination forms to the County of Carleton Law Association, 2004 – 161 Elgin Street, Ottawa ON, K2P 2K1.