McCarthy Tétrault Wins Multiple Honours at Lexpert® Zenith Pro Bono Awards


September 29, 2010


Kristian Brabander
Sarah W. Corman
Tzen-Yi Goh
Jonathan C. Lisus
Christine Lonsdale
Cynthia A. MacDougall
Tristan Musgrave
David E. Roberge
Adam Ship
Sarah Shody
Godyne N.L. Sibay
Junior Sirivar
Cindy Vaillancourt
Christopher A. Wayland
Alexi N. Wood

Toronto, September 29, 2010 — McCarthy Tétrault is proud to announce that its pro bono initiatives garnered five top awards yesterday at the 2010 Lexpert® Zenith Pro Bono Awards gala. The evening celebrated the dedication of leading Canadian law firms, in-house departments and law students who have committed their time, skills and mentorship to pro bono activities in Canada and internationally.

"I am extremely proud of all of our people for so enthusiastically donating their time and expertise to these important projects," said Marc-André Blanchard, Chair and Chief Executive Officer, McCarthy Tétrault LLP. "This recognition is not just a great honour, it is a source of inspiration for us all. Pro bono work is an important responsibility for the entire legal community."

The firm achieved:

  • Platinum in the Most Impact on Child or Children category for the firm’s Unaccompanied Minors project. This initiative matches minors who arrive alone at Toronto’s Pearson Airport with McCarthy Tétrault lawyers, who act as their representatives. Christine Lonsdale leads this program; nearly 50 of the firm’s lawyers have been involved.
  • Platinum in the Change Agent: Race, Culture and/or Ethnicity category for the firm’s work in seeking compensation at the European Court of Human Rights for a Roma community who had been beaten and driven from their homes in Romania. Lawyer Junior Sirivar and former McCarthy Tétrault Partner Mark Freiman were involved in this initiative.
  • Gold in the Education category for the firm’s Lawyers Without Borders Canada mission in Haiti, where McCarthy Tétrault lawyers Cindy Vaillancourt and David-Emmanuel Roberge delivered a course they had created to share their knowledge of environmental law with law students and the Haitian legal community.
  • Gold in the Pro Bono in the Arts category for the firm’s assistance with legal issues related to Artscape’s Wychwood Barns project. The McCarthy Tétrault team included Cynthia MacDougall, Godyne Sibay, Tzen-Yi Goh, Tristan Musgrave and former McCarthy Tétrault Associate Alexis Wiseman.
  • A Special Distinction award in the Civil Liberties category for the firm’s work in representing the Canadian Civil Liberties Association in significant cases that impact the rights of all Canadians. Jonathan C. Lisus, Christopher A. Wayland, Alexi N. Wood, Sarah Corman, Sarah Shody, Kristian Brabander and Adam Ship were among the lawyers who participated in these precedent setting cases.

"We are thrilled that Lexpert® has paid such public tribute to some of our pro bono initiatives," said Gordon Baird, head of the McCarthy Tétrault Pro Bono Committee. "We are also proud that the lawyers honoured last night are part of a long-standing tradition at our firm. In 2009 alone, more than 300 dedicated McCarthy Tétrault lawyers contributed 9,200 hours – a value of more than $3.4 million – in pro bono services.


About McCarthy Tétrault

McCarthy Tétrault provides a broad range of legal services, advising on large and complex assignments for Canadian and international interests. The firm has substantial presence in Canada’s major commercial centres and in London, UK.

Built on a unique model of collaboration, the firm brings its legal talent, industry knowledge and practice experience, wherever needed, to help clients achieve the results that are important to them.

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