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Awards

G. Arthur Martin Criminal Justice Medal

As of 1989, the G. Arthur Martin Criminal Justice Medal for outstanding contribution to criminal justice is presented annually by the Criminal Lawyers Association (CLA). G. Arthur Martin was Canada’s greatest criminal advocate before he became a leading jurist with the Ontario Court of Appeal. One of the medals is housed permanently in the G. Arthur Martin Room at Osgoode Hall. Each year, a a brass plaque is attached to the wooden base of the medal to recognize the new recipient.

CLA members are invited to nominate an individual who has made significant contributions to criminal justice in Canada. The 2021 nomination deadline is April 8, 2021. Results to all nominators will be emailed by June 15, 2021. Details of the nomination requirements are noted below.

Past G. Arthur Martin Criminal Justice Medal Recipients:

1989 G. Arthur Martin
1990 Arthur Maloney
1991 John J. Robinette
1992 Charles L. Dubin
1993 John Ll. Edwards
1994 Martin L. Friedland
1995 Antonio Lamer
1996 Earl J. Levy
1997 Alan D. Gold
1998 Louise Arbour
1999 Peter deC. Cory
2000 Austin Cooper
2001 Edward Greenspan
2002 Marlys Edwardh
2003 Fred Kaufman
2004 James Lockyer
2005 Jack Pinkofsky
2006 Donald Bayne
2007 Paul Copeland
2008 David Humphrey, Sr.
2009 Marc Rosenberg
2010 Brian Greenspan
2011 Morris Fish
2012 Don Stuart
2013 Roy McMurtry
2014 Richard R. Peck
2015 Mark Sandler
2016 Frank Addario
2017 The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin
2018 John M. Rosen
2019 Justice David. H. Doherty
2020 Philip Campbell


2021 Call for Nominations – Submit by April 8, 2021.

Recipient Criterion:

The G. Arthur Martin Criminal Justice Medal recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to criminal justice in Canada. Nominations are open to any individual properly nominated. The person nominated does not have to be a CLA member.

2021 Nomination Process

  • The call for nominations officially opens in January 2021.
  • The nominator must be an full member of the CLA at the time the nomination is submitted.
  • The nominator will coordinate and submit a nomination package that must include:
    • A formal nomination letter. The letter of nomination will specifically state why the nominee is deserving of the award by providing evidence for how the individual has made significant contributions to criminal justice in Canada. Sufficient detail should be supplied to assist the Award Selection Committee deliberations.
    • A curriculum vitae or resume of the nominee.
    • Three (and only three) letters of support from individuals familiar with the nominee’s contributions.
  • Nominations are to be submitted in English.
  • Nominations will be held in confidence. The nominee is not required to be notified of the nomination.
  • Only nominations submitted in accordance with the aforementioned criteria will be accepted
  • Nominations are due by April 8, 2021 at 5 p.m. ET. We recommend that the complete nomination package with all required documentation is submitted in one email to [email protected] with the subject line “Martin Medal 2021 Nomination.” We will confirm receipt within one business day. If prefer to deliver to the association office, please make arrangements beforehand to make sure someone is in the office to receive the package (COVID precautions impacting office hours – call 416-214-9875). Address the nomination package to:
    John Chagnon
    Executive Director
    Criminal Lawyers’ Association
    189 Queen Street East, Suite 1
    Toronto, Ontario M5A 1S2
    For couriers please include “Buzzer 11” in the address

Award Selection Committee:

The Award Selection Committee includes: The President of the CLA, the current Chief Justice of Ontario (or their designate), a prominent criminal law academic nominated and approved by the Governing Body, and a member of the community nominated and approved by the Governing Body.

The Committee will review all complete nomination packages and make a selection. The nominator and award recipient will be notified before June 15. There is one award recipient per year.

Re-Submission of Nomination Packages:

The Association appreciates what is involved in submitting a nomination and, therefore, keeps nomination packages received on file for future consideration. This ensures a larger pool of nominees to consider, adds to the quality of the recipient selected and the stature of the award itself. For nomination packages received in prior years, the following process is required:

  • The nominator will be contacted and asked if the CLA can keep the nomination on file. If approved:
    • The nomination will be kept on file. Annually upon the issuing of the call for nominations, the nominator will be invited to update their nomination package, if desired.
    • The nominator must be a full CLA member for the package to be reconsidered.
    • Nominations will be kept on file for five years, after which a new package will be required for the candidate is to be considered.

Presentation of the Award:

The Award is typically presented at the annual Criminal Lawyers’ Association Fall Conference. The Fall Conference is scheduled for November 19-20, 2021. Pending COVID-19 restrictions, this award may be presented virtually at a different date. There is no monetary value to this award.

Bursaries

The Criminal Lawyers’ Association is pleased to support a variety of bursaries through the following post secondary institutions.

University of Windsor
Faculty of Law

  • Criminal Lawyers’ Association Scholarship Annual award valued at $2000.00

For more information please contact:

Faculty of Law, University of Windsor
401 Sunset Avenue
Windsor, Ontario, N9B 3P4

York University
Osgoode Hall Law School

  • Criminal Lawyers’ Association Scholarship Annual award valued at $2000.00
    • 2020 Recipient: Curtis Sell

For more information please contact:

Osgoode Hall Law School
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, ON
M3J 1P3

University of Western Ontario
Faculty of Law

  • Criminal Lawyers’ Association Award for Second Year Annual award valued at $1500.00
  • Criminal Lawyers’ Association Award for Third Year Annual award valued at $500.00

For more information please contact:

University of Western Ontario
Faculty of Law
London, Ontario
M6A 5B8

Seneca College of Applied Arts & Technology
Law Clerk Program

  • Criminal Lawyers’ Association Award Law Clerk Program Annual award valued at $250.00
  • Criminal Lawyers’ Association Award Law Clerk Program (accelerated) Annual award valued at $250.00

For more information please contact:

Seneca College
1750 Finch Avenue East
Toronto, Ontario
M2J 2X5