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Lawyer Emeritus Distinction



At a meeting of the general council in March 2007, the Barreau du Québec passed a resolution instituting an honorary distinction designed to promote the image of the legal profession by paying tribute to its most deserving members. This distinction is known as Lawyer Emeritus; recipients are authorized to use the initials “Ad. E.” (Advocatus Emeritus) after their name.

This award is presented to members who gain distinction as a result of their outstanding professional career, outstanding contribution to the profession or outstanding social and community standing that has brought honour to the legal profession.

The Lawyer Emeritus distinction is intended to honour an outstanding career; it can be presented to any lawyer, regardless of age. Distinctions recognizing lengthy careers are handled by the regional bar associations.

Any individual who knows a Barreau du Québec member who has earned a reputation for excellence and who has made remarkable contributions to the legal profession or who, as a lawyer, dedicated his/her efforts to community service or who gained distinction in his/her professional career in a field other than law, but whose contributions brought honour to the legal profession, may nominate the Barreau du Québec member for this distinction, in accordance with the pre-established procedure.

Épinglette Avocat émérite (Advocatus Emeritus, Ad. E.)

After reviewing the nominations, a selection committee decides whether to award the Lawyer Emeritus distinction and deems whether (based on the stated criteria) the nominees have the required qualities to be awarded the distinction.

This distinction is presented annually by the president of the Barreau du Québec at a special ceremony.

Individuals continue to hold the distinction as long as their names appear on the Barreau du Québec’s membership roll, subject to clause III.

In addition to the visibility and prestige associated with such an honour, recipients of the Lawyer Emeritus distinction will receive a pin (manufactured by Birks) bearing the logo of the Barreau du Québec and set with a ruby, together with a fine parchment scroll from Papeterie St-Gilles in Saint-Joseph-de-la-Rive.

The Barreau du Québec also authorizes recipients of the Lawyer Emeritus distinction to use the initials “Ad. E.” (Advocatus Emeritus) after their name—a distinctive and highly visible sign of excellence.

List of Award Recipients (2010-2011)

Group 1 (French)

Group 2 (French)

Working Committee

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