Beverley McLachlin Access to Justice Award Committee

MANDATE: The Award, named for The Honourable Beverley McLachlin, former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, is to be awarded to a judge or a member of the bar in the United States or Canada, whether or not a Fellow of the College, who has played an exceptional role in creating and promoting access to justice.  The Award will recognize innovative measures or extraordinary personal commitment and professional dedication which have enhanced access to justice in the United States or Canada.

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Committee Members

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David E. Ross


Ross Aronstam & Moritz LLP

Wilmington, DE

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Thomas A. Cromwell

Vice Chair

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Ottawa, ON

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Christine A. Carron, Ad. E.


Montreal, QC

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Chantal Chatelain


Superior Court of Quebec Palais de Justice

Laval, QC

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Donald R. Cranston, Q.C.


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Edwin A. Harnden


Barran Liebman LLP

Portland, OR

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Martha McCarthy


Martha McCarthy & Company

Toronto, ON

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Melissa Williamson Nelson


Office of the State Attorney

Jacksonville, FL

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Craig A. Thompson


Venable LLP

Baltimore, MD

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David J. Wachowich, Q.C.


Rose LLP

Calgary, AB

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David B. Weinstein


Weinstein Tippetts & Little LLP

Houston, TX

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Charles A. Weiss


Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Saint Louis, MO

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Jason Rogers Williams


Orleans Parish District Attorney

New Orleans, LA

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Guy J. Pratte

Immediate Past Chair

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Toronto, ON

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Sandra A. Forbes


Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP

Toronto, ON