2014 Sidney B. Linden award goes to Toronto lawyer William A. (Bill) Sullivan

Posted: Thursday, November 27, 2014

TORONTO – On Dec. 4, 2014, Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) will honour this year’s Sidney B. Linden award recipient, William A. (Bill) Sullivan, at a ceremony hosted by LAO’s Board Chair John McCamus at Toronto's Osgoode Hall, 130 Queen St. W.

“William Sullivan is a distinguished member of the family law bar who has devoted much of his career to the service of clients living in poverty,” says Mr. McCamus. “He is widely respected for his skilful advocacy, his compassion and humanity and his generosity in mentoring many junior members of the family law bar.”

During his time as a law student at Halifax’s Dalhousie University Law School, Mr. Sullivan worked at the Dalhousie Legal Aid Clinic. After graduating in 1987, he re-located to Toronto to article and then supervised law students at Parkdale Community Legal Services.

He soon found his calling as a sole practitioner, focusing on immigration, family law, and representing women who have experienced domestic violence.

Today, Mr. Sullivan’s dedication to helping low-income Ontarians goes beyond assisting legal aid clients in the courtroom. A widely-recognized expert in child protection and family law, he belongs to the personal rights panel at the Office of the Children’s Lawyer, representing children in domestic and child welfare files. He provides free legal consultation workshops at a social club for low-income and homeless men living in Toronto’s downtown core since 1996. He also hosts seminars on child welfare law matters, working with the Children’s Aid Society, and general family law and immigration issues.

In addition, Mr. Sullivan has helped LAO improve access to justice and quality of legal services for low-income families and children for the past 20 years. He has joined and made important contributions to:

  • LAO’s mentoring program for lawyers, providing support for lawyers working on family child welfare matters
  • LAO’s Provincial Legal Aid Plan Test Case Committee, which funds charter litigation, human rights and law reform test case litigation
  • LAO’s Family Law Advisory Committee, which advised the Attorney General on the government’s family law investment

About the award

LAO’s Sidney B. Linden award recognizes exceptional individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to helping low-income Ontarians in the pursuit of access to justice. The award has been presented to eight 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.


For questions or further information, please contact:

Brenna Hurley
Stakeholder Relations Coordinator
416-979-2352, ext. 5125
hurleyb@lao.on.ca or media@lao.on.ca