Thursday, August 6, 2015
graphic says top 25

The Top 25 Most Influential list by Canadian Lawyer is out, and six alumni plus a former dean have been named.

The annual listing, now in its sixth year, solicits nominations and opens the online voting to the legal profession and readers across Canada. The magazine received 135 nominations, from which it selected 120 who met its criteria. More than 9,000 votes were cast in the online survey, and five finalists selected in each category. Here are the finalists connected to the Faculty of Law:

In the Government/Non-Profits/Association category, Orlando Da Silva, JD 1993, president of the Ontario Bar Association, was named for raising public awareness about mental health issues with his own personal story of his struggle with depression. The Faculty of Law's Nikki Gershbain, national director of Pro Bono Students Canada, Class of 2000, was nominated in this category.

Alice Woolley, LLB 1994, a professor and associate dean-academic at the University of Calgary Faculty of Law, was named a Changemaker, for her work in law and technology, and law regulation.

In the Criminal/Human Rights Law category, there are two Faculty of Law connections. Lorne Waldman, LLM 2000, and former justice, interim U of T president and dean Frank Iacobucci. Waldman, of Waldman & Associates in Toronto, was named for his advocacy and defense of refugees, immigrants, and human rights. And Frank Iacobucci, now senior counsel at Torys LLP, was a finalist for his work on setting standards for police treatment of the mentally ill.

Alumni Pascale Fournier and Murray Klippenstein were both named as finalists in the World Stage division. Fournier, LLM 2000, a professor and research chair in legal pluralism and comparative law at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law, conducts groundbreaking work on gender, religion, and the law. It’s the second consecutive year for Klippenstein, LLB 1984, founder of Klippensteins Barristers & Solicitors, recognized for his ongoing work representing 13 members of the Indigenous Mayan Q’eqchi’ population from Guatemala.

And in the Corporate-Commercial division, Poonam Puri, LLB 1995, a professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, is a finalist for her scholarly work which “indelibly shapes the arguments and strategies of many lawyers.” The Faculty of Law's Prof. Anita Anand, academic director of the Centre for the Legal Profession, and the Program on Ethics in Law in Business, was nominated.

View the complete list of Faculty of Law alumni who were nominated.

Read our story from 2014.