James C. MacDonald Memorial Award

    James C. MacDonald

    Renowned for his leadership role in Family Law teaching, writing and reform, Jim was widely known for his compassion and intellect. After graduating from law school in British Columbia and practising for five years, he moved to Toronto and established MacDonald and Ferrier, Toronto’s first law firm specializing in family law.  He later became the founding partner of MacDonald & Partners LLP which continues to practice exclusively family law today.  Jim was a leading proponent of collaborative law and believed that litigation was a forum of last resort for family law matters.  This award will be given to a JD student in 2nd or 3rd year who has demonstrated strong academic standing in family law; an interest in pursuing the practice of family law; an interest in alternative dispute resolution and collaborative family law; and has contributed to the community and/or student life at Osgoode.  Preference will be given to a student who demonstrates financial need.

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