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August 13, 2021

Lawyer Douglas Elliott honoured by CBA
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Press release from the Canadian Bar Association

Douglas Elliott of Toronto is the recipient of the Canadian Bar Associationís (CBA) Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Conference (SOGIC) 2005 Hero Award.

Douglas Elliott (Photo by"Simply put, Doug is the pre-eminent gay rights lawyer in Canada, bar none," said Michael J. Law, Co-Chair of CBA Manitoba's SOGIC. "Not only did he establish CBA-SOGIC, his keen legal advocacy has been directly responsible for many of the sweeping legal victories enjoyed by gay and lesbian Canadians over the past several years. I cannot think of a more qualified choice for the SOGIC Hero award."

Douglas Elliott is perhaps best known for his work on high-profile cases involving social justice issues. He represented the Canadian AIDS Society (CAS) at the Krever Inquiry into the blood system, and in interventions by CAS in the Supreme Court of Canada in Vriend v. Alberta, Latimer v. The Queen, Little Sisters Bookstore v. Canada and Hodge v. Canada. Mr. Elliott also acted as co-counsel for EGALE in its intervention at the Supreme Court in Trinity Western University, and for the Foundation for Equal Families in M. v. H.

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Mr. Elliott was one of the winning counsel representing the Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto in the Ontario same-sex marriage case, and also represented the CBA on the National Task Force on HIV and Injection Drug Use. Most recently, he was the leader of a national team of lawyers who won a multimillion dollar class action judgment for a group of gay and lesbian Canadians seeking Canada Pension Plan survivorís pensions in Hislop v. Canada.

Mr. Elliott was also a member of the Ontario Bar Association's AIDS Committee, whose 1986 report on the legal implications of the AIDS epidemic was adopted by the CBA in 1986. It was the first such report in the world, predating the American report by several years.

Mr. Elliott has been an active member of the CBA. He was the founding co-chair of the Ontario Bar Associationís Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Committee (SOGIC), and the Canadian Bar Associationís national SOGIC. He was co-founder and first president of the International Lesbian and Gay Law Association. Mr. Elliott has served on the Standing Committee on Equality of the CBA and the Law Society of Upper Canadaís Equity Advisory Group.

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He received his LL.B. from the University of Toronto in 1982, and was called to the Bar in 1984. He was certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Specialist in Civil Litigation in 2003. Mr. Elliott is a partner in the Toronto law firm of Roy Elliott Kim OíConnor LLP, where his practice includes plaintiffsí and defendantsí class actions, as well as constitutional and human rights law.

The SOGIC Hero Award recognizes contributions made in the cause of equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and two-spirited people. The Award is presented at the Touchstone Reception, held as part of the 2005 Canadian Legal Conference in Vancouver on Tuesday, Aug. 16 at 4:00 p.m. in the Coal Harbour Suite of the Pan-Pacific Hotel. The event is open to accredited journalists who have registered with the CBA Media Centre.

The Canadian Bar Association represents the legal profession on a national and international level. It is dedicated to improvement in the law and the administration of justice. Some 34,000 lawyers, law teachers and law students from across Canada are members.

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