Precedent takes home 3 gold at the Canadian trade magazine awards

Last night, at the Kenneth R. Wilson Awards — an annual celebration of trade magazine publishing in Canada — Precedent scored big, with three first-place wins.

We took home gold for best photo, for a portrait of securities lawyer Greg Harris taken by the inimitable Daniel Ehrenworth. We also collected the top prize for best one-of-a-kind article for our roundtable on the future of law and best art direction of a single issue for last year’s fall issue.

Shout out to all the fantastic contributors who make Precedent so spectacular, including photographer Margaret Mulligan, illustrators Raymond Biesinger and Jeannie Phan, and our talented art directors at the Office of Gilbert Li. We literally couldn’t do it without them.

Precedent has also been nominated for awards from the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors and the National Magazine Awards. Fingers crossed!

The South Asian Bar Association to throw its annual gala next week

When the South Asian Bar Association held its first year-end gala in 2006, about 65 lawyers showed up. Since then, the annual party has surged in popularity. Next Thursday, more than 400 lawyers are set to attend the 2014 SABA Awards Gala at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel — and Justin Trudeau will deliver the keynote speech. 

“We have grown exponentially,” says Ranjan Agarwal, a partner at Bennet Jones LLP and a director at SABA. “We’re going to the Fairmont because we have outgrown most of the hotels downtown.” 

According to Agarwal, the explanation for that rapid growth is twofold. First, there are simply more South Asians moving to Canada and graduating from law school. And secondly, he says, big law firms and in-house departments — such as Blakes, McCarthys and Bank of Montreal — have embraced the event and now buy up entire tables. 

Agarwal finds such success encouraging: it shows that the profession is at least beginning to treat diversity as a serious issue. “Law firms themselves have realized why diversity is important,” he says. “It creates better teams and ensures that they can recruit the best and the brightest.” 

And with racial and gender diversity emerging as a major issue for law firms, SABA has asked Justin Trudeau to weigh in on the subject when he speaks next week. 

“Here is someone who wants to become the next Prime Minister of Canada and the polls suggest he’s got a good shot at it,” says Agarwal. “So we’ve asked him to talk about the Liberal party’s view on diversity in the profession, judiciary and the government.” 

Tickets to the event are still available online.

Photo of the 2013 SABA Awards Gala by Yvonne Bambrick. Check out our Circuit section for more photos from last year’s event.

The Circuit: Precedent Setter Awards 2014

What: Precedent Setter Awards 2014
Where: Stratus Restaurant, 79 Wellington St. W.
When: June 11, 2014

Last week, more than 120 lawyers and guests packed into Stratus restaurant in Toronto to recognize this year’s Precedent Setter Award winners. Held atop the TD Tower in the downtown core, our annual event brought guests together to mingle and meet our winners, in their first 10 years of practice, are blazing new trails in the profession.

During the evening, Melissa Kluger, publisher and editor of Precedent, presented the winners with a framed version of their photographs from the magazine. Unique to this year, Kluger also handed out commemorative pins to this year’s crop of top lawyers and the past winners in attendance. To see Precedent Setters both old and new come together made the evening all the more special.

We’d also like to extend a big thank-you to our presenting sponsor RainMaker Group and our event sponsors the Cambridge Group of Clubs, Deloitte, Laurel Hill Advisory Group, and Harcourts.

Congratulations once again to all our winners:

Paul-Erik VeelPaul-Erik Veel
Associate, Lenczner Slaght Royce Smith Griffin LLP
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Alexi WoodAlexi Wood
Associate, Davis LLP
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Andrea GonsalvesAndrea Gonsalves
Partner, Stockwoods LLP Barristers
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Nikiforos IatrouNikiforos Iatrou
Partner, WeirFoulds LLP
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Ronan LevyRonan Levy
Corporate Counsel, Cognition LLP
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Event photography by Yvonne Bambrick

Celebrating this year’s Precedent Setter Award winners

It’s close-up time for a half dozen amazing and inspiring lawyers.

Tonight, the winners of the 2012 Precedent Setter Awards will be honoured at an exclusive celebration, sponsored by RainMaker (presenting sponsor of the awards), ATD Legal, Irwin Law, Laurel Hill and Platinum Legal Group. Keep your eye on our blog for a report and photo slideshow from the event.

Precedent would once again like to congratulate this year’s winners:

 rainmakerRanjan Agarwal
The Advocate
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 Anne Benedetti
atdThe Team Player
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 plgColleen Caza
The Altruist
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 LHGerald Chan
The Defender
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irwin law
 David Goldstein
The Game Changer
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 Sudevi Mukherjee-Gothi
The Role Model
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Read all about this year’s Precedent Setter Award winners in our summer 2012 issue.

Precedent wins Gold at the KRW Awards

KRW 2012Precedent won one gold and two silver awards last night at the 2012 Kenneth R. Wilson Awards, which recognize achievements in business-to-business publications.

Our winter 2011 issue (“Now You See Her, Now You Don’t”) took Gold in the category Art Direction for a Complete Issue. Publisher & Editor Melissa Kluger joined Barb Woolley and Miki Arai from our art direction team, Hambly & Woolley, in accepting the award. Congrats and thanks to the entire Hambly & Woolley team for a well-earned award — and double congrats to Barb and Miki for also winning silver in the same category for their work designing an issue of UTSC Commons!

But that wasn’t the only accolade Barb received for her work with Precedent. Her work crafting our 2011 student supplement (“59 Things Every Lawyer Should Know”) won Silver in the Art Direction for an Opening Spread or Complete Feature category.

Regular readers will be delighted to know that etiquette columnist Sandra Rosier won an award last night. The 2011 print editions of her amazing column, Bar Code, won Silver in the category Best Regularly Featured Department or Column.

Precedent also earned honourable mentions in three other categories: Best Issue (for our summer 2011 edition); Best How-To Article (for “59 Things Every Lawyer Should Know”); and Best Photograph (for Daniel Ehrenworth’s photo accompanying our spring 2011 Secret Life profile, “Coach, LL.B.”).

Congratulations to all of this year’s KRW Awards winners, to the awards show’s organizers for putting on a great — and brisk-paced — ceremony; and to all of the phenomenal writers, editors, photographers, illustrators, researchers, proofreaders, account managers and support personnel who come together to make Precedent  a success. Thanks!

First Nations lawyer Dave Joe wins 2011 CBA President’s Award

CBADave Joe, a Vancouver lawyer and long-time advocate on behalf of First Nations communities, is the winner of the Canadian Bar Association’s 2011 President’s Award. CBA President Rod Snow callled Joe “a trailblazer, and a role model for all who followed,” as well as “a mentor and inspiration to the next generation.”

The announcement and presentation is part of the CBA’s 2011 Canadian Legal Conference and Expo in Halifax, where the Association announced the winners of all of its myriad awards. The conference began Sunday and continues through Tuesday.

Joe was born in Klukshu, Yukon, and is a citizen of the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations. He was sent to a residential school, and later studied law at the University of British Columbia and established himself at the forefront of the reconciliation process in the North. He was called to the bar in 1977.

In other awards presentations, Vancouver-area MP and long-time lawyer Kerry-Lynne Findlay, Q.C. is the recipient of this year’s Cecilia I. Johnstone Award, which recognizes the advancement of women in the legal profession. Findlay was instrumental in the creation of the Women Lawyers Forum, which greatly expanded mentorship and education opportunities. The 2011 Touchstone Award went to Patricia Blocksom, Q.C., “for her outstanding accomplishments in promoting equality in the Canadian legal community.”

Former chief commissioner of the Canadian Human Rights Commission Maxwell Yalden was honoured with the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Conference (SOGIC) Ally Award for his work to promote equality for LGBTT people, and Toronto lawyer and trailblazer Susan Ursel was recognized for her tireless efforts on behalf of the LGBTT community with the (SOGIC) Hero Award.

CBA student member and Bull, Housser & Tupper LLP articling student Preston Parsons won the Edward K. Rowan-Legg Award for student contributions, while Sherif Foda was awarded the $40,000 Viscount Bennett Fellowship for graduate legal studies. Alberta Human Rights Commission legal counsel Arman Chak picked up the Young Lawyers-Canadian Bar Association Pro Bono Award for outstanding legal services benefiting the community.

For a full list of winners of the 2011 CBA awards, click here.

Double gold for Precedent at the KRWs

KRWPrecedent struck gold twice Tuesday night at the 57th Annual Kenneth R. Wilson Awards, honouring business-to-business publications.

Our fall 2010 issue — which featured our annual student supplement and Anti-Ranking as well as an in-depth look at small claims court, an op-ed by former Western Law Dean Ian Holloway and more — won Best Issue and Best Art Direction of a Complete Issue.

In addition, last year’s Precedent Setter Awards feature (from the summer 2010 issue) won silver for Art Direction of an Opening Spread / Complete Feature.

We’d like to thank everyone who helped bring these winning issues to life — especially the team at Hambly & Woolley, whose stellar art direction is a cornerstone of the magazine’s success. And thanks to you, of course, for reading and supporting us!

A PDF of the complete winners’ list is available here.

Precedent snags six KRW Awards nominations

illustration by Ryan SnookWhile all of Canada is buzzing and/or brewing about the results of last night’s federal election, the Precedent office is cheering about results of a different kind: The nominees for the Kenneth R. Wilson Awards were released this morning, and Precedent is up for six awards!

The Kenneth R. Wilson Awards celebrate business-to-business Canadian magazines, and we at Precedent are thrilled to be nominated. The winners will be announced June 1 at the gala reception in Toronto, so start sending out those good vibes now.

With six nominations, we’ve upped our game since last year, where we took five (including one for Magazine of the Year). Our student issue (Fall 2010) cleaned out as well, snagging three nominations.
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Law Foundation of Ontario CEO is a Woman of Distinction

GoldbergLaw Foundation of Ontario CEO Elizabeth Goldberg has been named the 2011 YWCA Woman of Distinction for Law and Justice.

Elizabeth is a trailblazer for women lawyers. She graduated from law school in 1974 — a time when women represented just 6 percent of the law student population — and soon went on to challenge the Crown’s restriction of women lawyers to non-litigation roles. As a woman at the forefront of the fight to correct the gender imbalance of legal managerial positions in the public sector, Elizabeth rose to become an inspiring mentor for other female lawyers.

She continued her advocacy work on behalf of women when she took on the top job at the Law Foundation of Ontario in 2007, overseeing the initiation of programs like the Law and Innovation Fund and Access to Justice Fund, which provide support to women in disadvantaged communities who are facing violence.

Elizabeth and the other 2011 YWCA Women of Distinction recipients will be honoured at an awards presentation on May 18 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Click here for details, tickets and awards sponsorship information.

Precedent Setter Awards nominations due tomorrow!

Just a reminder that tomorrow (February 15) is the deadline to submit nominations for the 2011 Precedent Setter Awards.

We’re looking for nominations of great lawyers called to the bar between 2000 and 2010 — professionals who set a standard for their peers by acting as mentor or role model to other lawyers, advancing opportunities for women or minorities practicing law, incorporating pro bono or community work into their practice and generally raising the bar for fellow lawyers practicing in Ontario.

Still not sure what we mean? Click here to take a look at our 2010 winners. When you’re ready to nominate someone, click here for information about the nomination process and package.