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Ontario Government Congratulates 2013 Mundell Medal Recipient

Ministry of the Attorney General

Jim Phillips is the recipient of the 2013 David Walter Mundell Medal.

The Mundell Medal honours those who have made a distinguished contribution to law and letters. It celebrates great legal writing and recognizes that the artful use of language in the right style has the power to give life to ideas. 

Jim Phillips is a professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto with a cross-appointment in the Department of History. He has written extensively in the field of legal history and particularly the history of criminal law in British North America/Canada. He is currently the editor-in-chief of the Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History, which is devoted to the promotion of scholarship on the history of Canadian law. 

Professor Phillips obtained both his PhD in History and his LLB from Dalhousie University. He also clerked for former Supreme Court of Canada Justice Bertha Wilson.

Quick Facts

  • In 1986, former Attorney General Ian Scott created the Mundell Medal to honour members of the legal profession who have made an exceptional contribution to legal writing.
  • The Mundell Medal is awarded by the Attorney General on the recommendation of a selection committee chaired by the Honourable Warren K. Winkler, former Chief Justice of Ontario.
  • David W. Mundell was a renowned constitutional lawyer and the first director of the Ministry of the Attorney General's Constitutional Law Branch.

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“I am delighted to award Professor Phillips the 2013 Mundell Medal. His outstanding scholarship in the field of Canadian legal history is recognized here and abroad, and will be appreciated for years to come.”

John Gerretsen

Attorney General

“Professor Phillips has made a huge contribution to the development and appreciation of Canadian legal history in Canada. He is a master storyteller who brings the past to life.”

The Honourable Warren K. Winkler

former Chief Justice of Ontario and Chair of the Selection Committee

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