Tag: Ontario Bar Association’s Trust and Estates Section
The Ontario Bar Association (OBA), Trusts and Estates Section, year end dinner was held on May 27, 2007 at the Gardiner Museum in Toronto.
Jordan Atin, the Chair of the Section for the past year, brought the past year to a close and the election of the OBA, Trusts and Estates Section Executive for the 2007/2008 year, was confirmed.
The Section also paid tribute to this year’s recipient of the Award for Excellence in Trusts and Estates, Barry Corbin.
The Award for Excellence was created to recognize exceptional contributions and achievements by members of the OBA to the area of trusts and estates. The criteria for the award is demonstrated leadership in the trusts and estates bar through knowledge, experience, skill, commitment, passion and strength of character, plus all or some of the following:
· academic excellence through teaching at the Bar Admission Course, lecturing at a law school, participating in Continuing Legal Education and/or academic writing;
· participation in the OBA Trusts and Estates Section Executive or the Law Society of Upper Canada on wills, trusts and estate matters; and
· contribution to the development of wills, trusts and estate law.
In addition to the Award for Excellence, Archie Rabinowitz was presented with the Widdifield Award and Corina Weigl with the Hoffstein Book Prize.
Congrats to Barry, Archie and Corina. The venue, dinner (and particularly the Cornish Hen) and evening were all quite enjoyable.
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The Ontario Bar Association’s Trust and Estates Section Year End Dinner was held on Wednesday May 30, 2007. During the well-attended event, the Award for Excellence in Trusts and Estates was presented to Brian Schnurr.
Mr. Schnurr exemplifies the highest standards of an estate practitioner, and many spoke of his dedication to the law, and his remarkable career.
I wrote to the selection committee in support of Mr. Schnurr’s nomination. The following is an excerpt:
I write to support the nomination of Brian Schnurr as the recipient of the Award of Excellence in Trusts and Estates, as nominated by Rodney Hull.
Prior to joining the Estates Bar, and though I did not practice in the area, I was aware of Mr. Schnurr’s reputation as a leader in the field of Estate litigation.
Upon joining the Estates Bar, I have come to know Mr. Schnurr professionally, and have had a number of files where Mr. Schnurr was involved as counsel. I have come to know that his reputation for excellence is well deserved. He practices according to the highest standards: his breadth of knowledge is vast: and his professionalism is remarkable.
In addition to knowing him in a professional context, I have learned that he is a selfless individual, dedicating significant hours to professional development.
Mr. Schnurr is clearly a leader in the area of Trusts and Estates, and represents the qualities of excellence that we should all strive to achieve.
The award to Brian Schnurr is well deserved. Congratulations.