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Barbara Jackman Awarded the Sideny B. Linden Award

Posted on: Tuesday, october 28 /2008

TORONTO - Legal Aid Ontario is pleased to announce that Barbara Jackman has been selected as the 2008 recipient of the Sidney B. Linden Award, which honours exceptional individuals who demonstrate a commitment to ensuring access to justice for low-income people.

Throughout her 30 year legal career, Ms. Jackman has shown a commitment to low-income individuals for immigration and refugee rights, by defending their causes and by being a tireless advocate of justice and fairness for the most vulnerable in our society.

"Barbara Jackman's reputation of being one of Canada's most effective advocates for immigration and refugee rights makes her the ideal candidate for the 2008 Sidney B. Linden Award," said Aly Alibhai, Chair, Sidney B. Linden Award Selection Committee. "She embodies the spirit of this award through her tireless work ensuring access to justice for disadvantaged people across the province."

Ms. Jackman has received numerous significant awards from various organizations, including a honourary Doctor of Law degree from the Law Society of Upper Canada in 2007.

Ms. Jackman has been an instructor in the Bar Admission Program, lecturer at the Faculties of Law at Queen's University, the University of Toronto and at Osgoode Hall Law School. She has also been a lecturer for continuing education for the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Canadian Bar Association. In addition, she is also the author of various papers and articles and a contributor to four books.

Ms. Jackman is dedicated to public service and to her community. She works tirelessly taking on ground-breaking cases to bring about changes in the law to protect the rights of immigrants and refugees. She continues to take legal aid cases, is a mentor, as well as a leader and a member of various community associations.

The Sidney B. Linden Award will be presented to Ms. Jackman at a ceremony to be held October 30, 2008 in Toronto.

For more information, contact:
Leann Crete
Telephone: 416-979-2352, ext. 6442

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The Sidney B. Linden Award
Legal Aid Ontario created the Sidney B. Linden Award to honour exceptional individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to helping low-income people in Ontario and given their time, expertise, and/or service to ensuring access to justice. The award is named in honour of Legal Aid Ontario's first Chair of the board of directors, Justice Sidney B. Linden, who has been involved with legal aid for over 30 years and whose distinguished professional career has been characterized by a genuine commitment to issues concerning access to justice.

The Selection Committee
This year's Sidney B. Linden award selection committee included The Honourable Annemarie Bonkalo, Chief Justice of the Ontario Court of Justice; Dean Mayo Moran, Dean of the University of Toronto Law School; Professor John McCamus, Legal Aid Ontario Board Chair, Aly Alibhai, Legal Aid Ontario Board member, and William Prosperi, former Legal Aid Ontario Board member.

Legal Aid Ontario
Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) is an independent government funded organization with a mandate to promote access to justice for low-income Ontarians. Each year, LAO provides nearly one million legal assists to people across Ontario through a network of 51 Area Offices, 80 Community and Specialty Legal Clinic, 6 Student Legal Aid Societies, and Duty Counsel services in every courthouse in Ontario including 31 fly-in locations.

For more information, contact:
Leann Crete
Telephone: 416-979-2352, ext. 6442

Barbara Jackman
SBL Award

The Award

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.