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Ontario Congratulates 2017 Mundell Medal Recipient

Ministry of the Attorney General

Ontario has awarded the 2017 David Walter Mundell Medal for excellence in legal writing to Adam Dodek.

Adam Dodek is a professor and the dean of the Common Law Section of the University of Ottawa's Faculty of Law. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School and clerked for Justice Claire L'Heureux-Dubé at the Supreme Court of Canada.

Professor Dodek has written extensively in the areas of public law, legal ethics and the legal profession. His book, Solicitor-Client Privilege, is considered a preeminent resource on the subject. Professor Dodek's ability to write in a clear and accessible style for a wide audience is also demonstrated by his book The Canadian Constitution, an important reference guide to Canada's Constitution.

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.
  • David Walter Mundell was a renowned constitutional lawyer and the first director of the Ministry of the Attorney General's constitutional law branch.
  • 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.

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“Adam Dodek’s understanding of the law and ability to simplify complex legal issues makes him highly suitable for this award. I hope his success in making such critically important areas of Canadian law more accessible to audiences beyond the legal community will inspire a future generation of lawyers to follow his lead.”

Yasir Naqvi

Attorney General

“Adam Dodek gets people talking about important legal issues. He has a remarkable ability to speak to a wide variety of audiences; his readership includes legal professionals and academics, but it also includes a much broader group of civic-minded people who want to engage with important legal issues of the day. He has made a particularly strong contribution to the study of ethics in the legal profession, a topic that could not be of greater importance today.”

The Honourable George Strathy

Chief Justice of Ontario and Chair of the Selection Committee

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