Posted on: Tuesday, April 29 /2008
Given annually since 2005, the Sidney B. Linden Award honours the first Chair of Legal Aid Ontario, who was involved in legal aid for over 30 years. Justice Linden's distinguished career was characterized by a genuine commitment to access to justice.
The award recognizes exceptional individuals who have demonstrated longstanding commitment to helping low-income people, and made outstanding contributions of time, expertise and/or service to access to justice in Ontario.
Since its inception, the Sidney B. Linden Award has been presented to three deserving recipients, including J. Robert Kellerman, Paul Copeland and the late Dianne Martin.
Dianne Martin - 2005
Dianne Martin received the first Sidney B. Linden Award posthumously. Ms. Martin's legal career spanned almost 30 years:
Paul Copeland - 2006
Paul Copeland has served low-income people since the inception of legal aid services over 40 years ago:
J. Robert Kellerman - 2007
J. Robert Kellerman has been a champion for vulnerable people in Ontario throughout his nearly 40-year legal career:
Submit Your Nominations
Nominations are now open for the 2008 Sidney B. Linden Award. Nominate your favourite Advocate, Champion, Trailblazer by June 30, 2008. Click here for the nomination form (PDF with English & French form)
Justice Linden had a long history of "firsts" throughout his career.
· 1980-1985 - First Police Complaints Commissioner for Metropolitan Toronto
· 1985-1987 - First Executive Director of the Canadian Auto Workers (C.A.W.) Prepaid Legal Services Plan
· 1987-1990 - Ontario's first Information and Privacy Commissioner
· 1990 - Appointed Chief Judge of the newly established Ontario Court of Justice (Provincial Division)
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.