Celebrating Michael Bossin Ė winner of the 2010 Sidney B. Linden Award

Posted on: Thursday, May 26, 2011

Michael Bossin

Ottawa Ė Michael Bossin, an Ottawa lawyer and professor, has dedicated his three-decade legal career to serving low-income clients, particularly immigrants and refugees. On April 6, 2011 at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, he received Legal Aid Ontarioís Sidney B. Linden Award. The award honours exceptional individuals who demonstrate a commitment to ensuring access to justice for low-income people.

Michael Bossin delivered a heartfelt speech upon accepting the award and spoke to Kathleen Petty on CBC Radio Oneís Ottawa morning show the following day about receiving the award, how he decided to make practicing refugee law his life work and how rewarding he finds his career. (Listen to the CBC interview.)

Itís very gratifying work. Itís very challenging work; from a legal perspective itís incredibly interesting. You meet people who are at a really important point in their lives and the decisions that are made in the cases that youíre representing are really important to them. You meet people from all over the world, you hear amazing stories and mostly you meet people who really have survived often horrific incidents in their lives and they still have their dignity and their humanity and itís pretty inspiring.

John McCamus, Board Chair of Legal Aid Ontario (LAO), emceed the event, and notable attendees included David Zimmer, MPP for Willowdale and Parliamentary Assistant to the Attorney General, and Aly Alibhai, Legal Aid Ontario Board Member and Chair of the Sidney B. Linden Award Selection Committee.

Michaelís colleagues, Chantal Tie, part-time professor at University of Ottawa and Peter Showler, Adjunct Professor & Director of Refugee Forum at the Human Rights Research and Education Centre at the University of Ottawa, shared the role of keynote speaker. They spoke of his passion, dedication and commitment to his clients, students and law practice.

Sidney B. Linden, the first Board Chair of LAO and current Ontario Conflict of Interest (COI) Commissioner and Janet Lieper, also a former Board Chair of LAO and current Integrity Commissioner for the City of Toronto attended the event.

Many of Mr. Bossinís colleagues and friends in the Ottawa community legal clinic system, refugee lawyers and the Ottawa District Office of LAO were also on hand to wish him well.

Read more about Mr. Bossin.