Since 2003, Neesons has been reporting the awarding of the G. Arthur Martin at the Criminal Lawyers’ Association annual fall conference.

It Started with the 2003 Winner

The Honourable Fred Kaufman

In about 2000, I was contacted to provide court reporting services to the Honourable Fred Kaufman, to provide court reporting and transcripts of interviews he and Mark Sandler were conducting with regard to the conviction of Stephen Truscott in 1959.  We all spent a lot of time together, and I came to know Fred very, very well.  In the fall of 2003, when it was announced that he was to receive the G. Arthur Martin Medal, I called up the CLA and asked if I could report the medal ceremony, as I wanted to give Mr. Kaufman the gift of the transcript of this most prestigious award.  This transcript became an annual event thereafter, and the ceremony’s proceedings are included in the “For the Defence” magazine every year.

A Who’s Who List

Those who have been awarded the medal are well known to most in the legal community:

1989 G. Arthur Martin
1990 Arthur Maloney
1991 John J. Robinette
1992 Charles L. Dubin
1993 John L. Edwards
1994 Martin L. Friedland
1995 Antonio Lamer
1996 Earl J. Levy*
1997 Alan D. Gold*
1998 Louise Arbour
1999 Peter Cory*
2000 Austin Cooper*
2001 Edward Greenspan*
2002 Marlys Edwardh*
2003 Fred Kaufman*
2004 James Lockyer*
2005 Jack Pinkofsky*
2006 Donald Bayne
2007 Paul Copeland*
2008 David Humphrey, Sr.*
2009 Marc Rosenberg*
2010 Brian Greenspan*
2011 Morris Fish
2012 Don Stuart
2013 Roy McMurtry*
2014 Richard R. Peck
2015 Mark Sandler*
2016 Frank Addario*
2017 The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin

According to the Criminal Lawyers’ Association website, “the award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to criminal justice in Canada.”  This year’s winner, The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, has rendered many significant decisions:  Seaboyer, Bedford, Zundel, Keegstra and Khan, to name but a few.The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin

One of the great rewards of a court reporting career is seeing so many of these recipients contribute to the justice system, and recording their contributions for historic purposes.  I guess it’s all in a day’s work in the life of a scribe!  The * denotes all the winners I have personally worked with over my 35+ year career in court reporting.  No one ever said our job was boring.