Dean Robert Leckey receives Advocatus Emeritus distinction


Published: 13Oct2021
Robert Leckey (photo réalisée par Owen Egan)

The Faculty of Law is pleased to announce that Dean Robert Leckey, Samuel Gale Professor, has received the Barreau du Québec’s Advocatus Emeritus (Ad. E.) distinction.

This honorary title is awarded to members of the Quebec Bar who have distinguished themselves through a remarkable career, outstanding contributions to the profession, or constructive community work. Dean Leckey joins Faculty members Adelle Blackett, François Crépeau, Fabien Gélinas, Pierre-Gabriel Jobin, Lara Khoury, and René Provost, as well as Wainwright Librarian Daniel Boyer, in holding this distinction.

Dean Leckey joined the Faculty in 2006, where he teaches and researches in constitutional law, family law, and comparative law. From 2014 to 2016, he served as director of the Paul-André Crépeau Centre for Private and Comparative Law. On 1 July 2016, he began a five-year term as dean of the Faculty of Law. In December 2020, McGill’s Board of Governors reappointed him for a second five-year term.

Dean Leckey has received the Prix de la Fondation du Barreau du Québec (2007), the Canadian Association of Law Teachers’ Scholarly Paper Prize (2009), the John W. Durnford Teaching Excellence Award (2009), the Canada Prize of the International Academy of Comparative Law (2010), the Principal’s Prize for Excellence in Teaching (2010), and the Principal’s Change-Maker Prize for his public engagement through media (2020).

In 2014, he was selected for membership in the Global Young Academy; in 2017, he was elected an associate member of the International Academy of Comparative Law; and in 2020, he was elected a member of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. The president of the Council of Canadian Law Deans, he is a member of the Law Society of Ontario, an advocate of the Barreau du Québec, and a member of the Barreau de Montréal’s Comité d’Accès à la justice en langue anglaise.

“The Barreau’s distinction underscores Dean Leckey’s contributions to the legal profession in Montreal and across Quebec,” said Professor Daniel Weinstock, Associate Dean (Research) and Katharine A. Pearson Chair in Civil Society and Public Policy. “His long record of service, significant scholarly output, and work to uphold justice through his research and teaching are all recognized through this newly awarded title.”

Bravo, Dean Leckey!

The Faculty of Law also congratulates Maria Rita Battaglia, BCL'89, LLB'89, Ad. E., and Nancy Cleman, BCL'81, LLB'81, Ad. E., who were among this year's honorees.


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