Dean Adam Dodek has been awarded the 2017 David Walter Mundell Medal, which is given out annually by the Ministry of the Attorney General of Ontario to recognize a legal writer who has made a distinguished contribution to the law.
Widely recognized for his thorough and engaging writing, Dean Dodek imbues complex subjects with an energy and passion that makes them both deeply informative and highly readable. Guided by his firm belief that the law exists for the benefit of all Canadians, Dean Dodek has made it his scholarly mission to think deeply and critically about the issues faced by the legal profession, by individual lawyers, by the courts, and by the systems of government and politics. Among his recent publications is his 2014 sole-authored book, Solicitor-Client Privilege (LexisNexis), which has become the go-to book on the subject for lawyers and judges, and was named the winner of the prestigious Walter Owen Book Prize in 2015. Dean Dodek is also an expert at bridging the gap between the legal academy and the public. With his 2013 book, The Canadian Constitution (Dundurn), he set out to create a guide to the constitution that any Canadian could read and appreciate. This publication is the perfect example of his ability to specifically design scholarship for accessible settings.
The Mundell Medal was inaugurated by the late Ontario Attorney General Ian Scott, who intended it to be “a kind of Pulitzer Prize for legal writing.” The medal is named to honour the memory of the late David W. Mundell, a renowned constitutional lawyer and a pre-eminent member of the staff of the Department of the Attorney General of Ontario. This year`s Selection Committee was chaired by the Honourable George Strathy, Chief Justice of Ontario.
“Adam Dodek gets people talking about important legal issues,” said Chief Justice Strathy. “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.”
Dean Dodek will receive the award from Attorney General Yasir Naqvi (a graduate of the Common Law Section) at the Ontario Bar Association’s Annual Awards Gala on April 25, 2018 in Toronto.
“Adam Dodek’s understanding of the law and ability to simplify complex legal issues makes him highly suitable for this award,” said Mr. Naqvi. “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.”
Other faculty members who have won the award include Professor Elizabeth Sheehy, who won in 2014, Professor Constance Backhouse, who received the medal in 2010, and the Honourable David Paciocco, who was awarded the medal when he was a professor at uOttawa in 2002.
Congratulations to Dean Dodek!