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Ontario Congratulates 2014 Mundell Medal Recipient

Ministry of the Attorney General

The Government of Ontario congratulates Elizabeth Sheehy, recipient of the 2014 David Walter Mundell Medal, an award that honours excellence in legal writing.

Elizabeth Sheehy is a professor and the vice-dean of research in the Faculty of Common Law at the University of Ottawa. Her extensive body of work, including her recent book, Defending Battered Women on Trial: Lessons from the Transcripts, addresses issues of gender equality and the challenges of the criminal justice response to violence against women.

Professor Sheehy holds an LL.B. from Osgoode Hall law school and an LL.M. from Columbia University. She received an honorary doctorate from the Law Society of Upper Canada in 2005. Prof. Sheehy has taught at the University of Ottawa since 1984.

Quick Facts

  • In 1986, former Attorney General Ian Scott created the Mundell Medal to honour Ontario authors 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 George Strathy, 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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“Exceptional legal writing has the power to move and inspire us to take action. Professor Sheehy’s work has made an outstanding contribution to our knowledge of the broader social and legal implications of violence against women.”

Madeleine Meilleur

Attorney General

“Professor Sheehy paints a powerful picture of the experiences and barriers faced by women accused of killing their abusive partners. A must-read for both legal scholars and those working with vulnerable persons, her book masterfully details the inner workings of the criminal justice system in clear and accessible language.”

The Honourable George Strathy

Chief Justice of Ontario and Chair of the Selection Committee

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