Sidney B. Linden Award

Call for 2016 nominations for the Sidney B. Linden Award

Its time to send in your nominations for the Sidney B. Linden Award! The deadline for submission is Friday, November 4, 2016, at 5 p.m.

The award is named after Justice Sidney B. Linden, the first Chair of Legal Aid Ontario (LAO), who has been involved with legal aid for over 35 years. LAO created the Sidney B. Linden Award to honour exceptional individuals who have demonstrated a longstanding commitment to helping low-income people, and given their time, expertise, and/or service to ensuring access to justice in Ontario.

Whos eligible?

Lawyers in the private sector, community legal clinic staff, people who work at a Student Legal Aid Services Society, paralegals, academics, LAO employees and other professionals are all eligible.

Nominate someone!

Please consider nominating someone you know by completing the nomination form and sending it to LAOs Communications department.

Nomination form

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The award

Sidney B. Linden Award statue

Legal Aid Ontario created the Sidney B. Linden Award to honour exceptional individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to helping low-income people, and have given their time and expertise towards ensuring access to justice in Ontario.

The award is named in honour of Justice Sidney B. Linden, Legal Aid Ontario's first chair of the board of directors. Justice Linden has been involved with legal aid for over 35 years, and his distinguished professional career has been characterized by a genuine commitment to issues concerning access to justice.

Since its inception, the Sidney B. Linden Award has been presented to eight deserving recipients: William A. (Bill) Sullivan, Fergus J. (Chip) O'Connor, Peter G. Kirby, Michael Bossin, Barbara Jackman, J. Robert Kellermann, Paul Copeland and the late Dianne Martin.

The award statue

Toronto sculptor Siggy Puchta designed the Sidney B. Linden Award. The statue depicts the concept of access to justice through the upward and open gesture of 'the lady of justice' holding the scales of justice while at the same time welcoming those in need of legal aid services. Siggy's design also captures the spirit of LAO's logo.

Past Sidney B. Linden Award recipients