National Canadian Bar Association Awards


CBA President's Award
Recognizes the significant contribution of a Canadian jurist to the legal profession, to the CBA or to public life.

Douglas Miller Award
Recognizes a CBA member who demonstrates outstanding dedication and team spirit.

The Louis St-Laurent Award of Excellence
Recognizes distinguished or exceptional service to the objectives and goals of the CBA.

Ramon John Hnatyshyn Award for Law
Recognizes outstanding contribution to the law or legal scholarship in Canada.

Student Fellowships & Awards

Viscount Bennett Fellowship Award
A $20,000 fellowship, awarded annually to a Canadian student to encourage high standards of legal education, training and ethics.

James H Bocking Memorial Award
Recognizes best scholarly paper/article submitted to the Competition Law Section on a subject relating to Canadian competition law or policy.

Edward K Rowan-Legg Award
Recognizes dedicated contribution to the CBA by a student member and encourages student participation in the Canadian Legal Conference.

National Environmental, Energy and Resources Law Section Law School Essay Contest
Promotes and rewards interest in environmental, energy and resources law topics in Canadian law schools.


Walter Owen Book Prize
Recognizes excellent legal writing and rewards outstanding new contributions to Canadian legal literature.


The Justicia Award
Recognizes excellence in journalism, for print and broadcast media.


Touchstone Award
Recognizes the promotion of equality in the legal profession, the judiciary, or the legal community in Canada.

Human Rights

The Honourable Walter S Tarnopolsky Human Rights Award
Recognizes a resident of Canada who has made an outstanding contribution to domestic or international human rights.

Public Sector Lawyers

The John Tait Award of Excellence
Recognizes a public sector lawyer or law office that has achieved the highest standards of professional conduct and competence and made significant contributions to social justice or community affairs.

Young Lawyers

Young Lawyers' Pro Bono Award
Recognizes outstanding pro bono legal services to the community by a young lawyer in Canada.

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Conference (SOGIC) Awards

Recognize excellence within the Canadian legal profession in advancing the cause of equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and two-spirited (LGBT) people.

Open to lawyers, professors, law students or retired judges who are not members of the LGBT communities.

Open to lawyers, professors, law students or judges who are members of the LGBT communities.

Additional Information 

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