DECEMBER 14, 2012
PUBLIC SECTOR LAWYERS SECTION
Tom Marshall Award of Excellence
This award is established to recognize, honour, and celebrate the outstanding achievement
of lawyers practising in the province of Ontario in the public interest. The award is named for
Mr. Marshall in recognition of his excellence and dedication as a public sector lawyer.
This Award is open to a lawyer, and a member of the Ontario Bar Association, currently or formerly practising or
working in the province of Ontario in the public sector and working, or having worked, for any
(a) Level of government;
(b) Crown corporation;
(c) Legal aid office or clinic;
(d) Public statutory body;
(e) Board, agency or commission; or
(f) in the broader public sector e.g. hospitals, universities, colleges and school boards and NGO’s.
This Award was created to recognize exceptional contributions and achievements by a lawyer practising in the
public sector, including:
(a) outstanding mentorship contribution to public sector lawyers through personally sharing knowledge,
experience, skill and commitment with articling students and/or lawyers; or
(b) outstanding organizational contribution in government, in the Ontario Bar Association, or in the Law
Society of Upper Canada in relation to public sector issues and/or public sector lawyers; or
(c) outstanding legal contribution either as a barrister or solicitor including in the areas of public policy and
(d) outstanding contribution in the development of public sector legal practice and related matters, through
scholarly and other writing, and speaking commitments; or
(e) outstanding commitment and service to the public; or
(f) exemplary achievements in the area of social justice or community affairs.
This award is available only to individuals, not law offices, and may be presented posthumously. The Section
Executive, OBA Executive, and Nomination Committee Members are not eligible for the Award.
The nomination form is available at http://www.oba.org/En/pub_en/pub_main/award_en.aspx
Nominations must be on the form provided. The nominator does not have to be an OBA member, however,
three OBA members must support the nomination. Nominators must attach a brief statement outlining their
reasons for nominating the candidate and may include any other relevant information (e.g. CV, press clippings,
The Chair is to appoint a Nominations Committee to solicit nominations, recommend candidates to the
Executive, and administer the Award and Award ceremony.
The Award will be presented at a program dinner to be held in Spring 2013.
Deadline for submission of nominations
Nominations and supporting material must be filed with the Nominations Committee for the Public Sector
Lawyers Section at the Ontario Bar Association , c/o Janet Green, Ontario Bar Association, Suite 300 – 20
Toronto Street, Toronto, Ontario M5C 2B8 by
facsimile: (416) 869-1390 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org by 4:00 p.m. Monday, February 11, 2013.