Blakes’ Connie Reeve wins Catzman Award for Civility

Connie Reeve of Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP is the winner of the Catzman Award for 2012

Connie Reeve of Blakes won this year’s 2012 Catzman Award for Professionalism & Civility, presented by the Honourable Warren H. Winkler, Chief Justice of Ontario yesterday  at the Opening of the Courts Ceremony in Toronto. She leads the firm’s Toronto Employment and Labour Group and co-leads the national Employment and Labour Group. She has more than 25 years of experience as an advocate, including 14 years as a specialist in employment law.

She was described by her nominators and supporters as a “generous mentor and inspirational leader, particularly of women, both within her firm and the larger profession. She has taught at both Osgoode Hall and Queen’s law schools, chaired and taught many CLE programs with The Advocates’ Society, and co-chaired the Return to Practice Initiative of the Law Society. Beyond the legal community, she has given her time and commitment to agencies such as the Bruce Trail and Second Harvest.”

The Catzman Award was created in 2008 by the Catzman family, together with The Advocates’ Society and the Chief Justice of Ontario’s Advisory Committee on Professionalism, in memory of the Honourable Marvin A. Catzmanof the Court of Appeal for Ontario. The annual Award recognizes individuals who demonstrate the qualities exemplified by Justice Catzman throughout his distinguished career: knowledge of the law, integrity, fairness, civility, generosity of time and expertise, and dedication to the highest ideals of the legal profession through writing and lecturing.

Nominations for the next Catzman Award for Professionalism & Civility will be called early in 2013. For more info, contact the Advocates Society.

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