The Osgoode Hall Law School Alumni Association Gold Key Awards recognize outstanding individuals who have made significant contributions to the School, the profession and society. There are four categories of awards: Achievement, Public Sector, the One-to-Watch category for recent graduates, and Service. The following Osgoode alumni were presented with awards at the Dean’s Annual Alumni Reception on May 16, 2012 at Osgoode Hall in downtown Toronto:
Gold Key Award for Achievement: Audrey Loeb ’71 and Terrence O’Sullivan ‘71
Audrey Loeb ’71 practises law at Miller Thomson in Toronto. She carries on a focused practice in conveyancing and condominium law, advising buyers and sellers on conveyancing matters, developers on condominium development, and condominium corporations on issues of corporate governance and operations. In 2008, she was awarded the Law Society Medal for her significant contributions to the legal profession and to the community, and the Ontario Bar Association’s Real Property Section Award of Excellence. She has been recognized as a leading practitioner in her field by both Lexpert and Best Lawyers in Canada for several years. She is a former member of the Board of Directors of Bridgepoint Health and of the Princess Margaret Hospital where she founded the “Weekend to End Breast Cancer.” In 2010, she headed the Condominium Law portion of Osgoode’s LLM in Real Estate Law.
Terrence O’Sullivan ’71 of Lax O’Sullivan Scott Lisus LLP has been recognized in various publications as one of Canada’s and the world’s top commercial litigators. He has appeared as counsel in over 100 reported cases and, in addition to representing numerous corporations and financial institutions, is frequently called on to represent high-profile individuals. He has appeared as an intervenor in both the Ontario Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. He was awarded the Law Society Medal by the Law Society of Upper Canada in June 2010 for outstanding service to the legal profession. He is actively involved in the community and is presently a member of the Board of Directors of the Toronto Rehab Hospital Foundation. He served as a distinguished president of The Advocates’ Society. He is also a Past President of the Sunnybrook Foundation, where he was a member of the Board of Directors for eight years, continuing now as a member of Governing Council of the Foundation and Chair of the Campaign for the Veterans Centre.
Gold Key Award for the Public Sector: Malliha Wilson ‘81
Malliha Wilson ’81 has held the position of Assistant Deputy Attorney General of Ontario since 2008. Previously she was Legal Director of the Crown Law Office Civil where she developed strategy and provided advice on all significant government civil litigation files including judicial reviews, aboriginal land claims, public interest injunctions, class actions, public inquiries and high profile government-wide litigation. She received the Distinguished Career Award from the South Asian Bar Association of Toronto in 2010. She works constantly to promote diversity in the Ontario Public Service, encouraging underrepresented groups to article in her division, and promoting understanding across all cultural backgrounds. She started the Aboriginal Law Summer Student Program in response to concerns that lawyers from Indigenous communities were not applying for jobs with the Ontario government. Most recently, she championed the introduction of the Internationally Trained Lawyers Program within the Legal Services Division at the Ministry of the Attorney General.
Gold Key Award for One-to-Watch: Gerald Chan ‘06
Gerald Chan was the Gold Medalist for the Class of 2006. In only six short years, he has made an outstanding contribution to his field and community. Chan, who is a partner with Ruby Shiller Chan Barristers, practises criminal, constitutional and regulatory litigation. He regularly defends clients in relation to a variety of matters, including drug offences, sexual offences, frauds, extradition, and professional discipline. He has argued before administrative tribunals, every level of court in Ontario, and the Supreme Court of Canada. Chan is also active in legal writing and continuing legal education. He is an associate editor of the Canadian Rights Reporter and has published articles in the Supreme Court Law Review, For the Defence, and The Lawyers Weekly. He is a member of the Criminal Lawyers' Association, the Advocates' Society, PEN Canada, and the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers. He sits on the executive committees of the OBA Constitutional, Civil Liberties and Human Rights Section and the Association for Chinese Canadian Lawyers of Ontario.
Gold Key Award category for Service: J. David A. Jackson ‘72
David Jackson ’72 has dedicated many years of generous service to the Law School, volunteering his time and energy. It is for this reason that he was presented with the Gold Key award for Service. Jackson, who served on the Alumni Association Board of Directors from 2004 to 2010, has been a trusted advisor to both the Board and to the Dean. When Jackson speaks, people listen. His advice is insightful, practical and well thought out. While on the Board, he served as the Chair of the Osgoode Hall Law School Fund from 2005 to 2008. He was also a member of The Building Osgoode Campaign Cabinet where he was heavily involved in fundraising and volunteer initiatives. A gentleman who treats everyone with the same gracious manner, Jackson is also a very generous donor himself and the Law School is proud to have a classroom named in his honour. A preeminent lawyer, he has made his career at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP where he served as Chairman from 1995 to 2001. He is currently Senior Counsel in the Securities Group.