Métis lawyer receives Social Justice Medal
On May 4, 2015 Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) citizen and noted Métis lawyer Jason Madden received the Dianne Martin Medal for Social Justice Through Law in a ceremony at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto.
Dianne Martin (1945-2004) graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1976 and went on to become one of Canada’s first leading female criminal lawyers. She joined the Osgoode faculty in 1989 where she co-founded the Innocence Project. She was a passionate advocate for justice and an inspirational teacher who had the courage to challenge the justice system to ensure equal treatment for all.
The Dianne Martin Medal for Social Justice Through Law is awarded to members of the Canadian legal community who have exemplified Dianne’s commitment to law as an instrument for achieving social justice and fairness. This year Madden received the Medal to recognize his contributions in the areas of Métis rights law in both Ontario and across the Métis homeland.