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Justice Department chief general counsel wins Catzman award

Thursday, September 24, 2020 @ 10:53 AM | By John Chunn

Rob Frater, chief general counsel for the federal Department of Justice, was awarded the Catzman Award for Professionalism and Civility at the virtual Opening of the Courts of Ontario ceremony on Sept. 22.

The award was established in 2009 in memory of justice Marvin Catzman by the Catzman family, together with The Advocates’ Society and the chief justice of Ontario’s Advisory Committee on Professionalism.

This award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated a high degree of professionalism and civility in the practice of law.

George Strathy, chief justice of the Ontario Court of Appeal, announced the winner. In a press release, he said: “Justice Catzman enjoyed a distinguished career both as an advocate and as a trial and appellate judge. He earned an exemplary reputation for his knowledge of the law, his integrity, fairness, his civility and his dedication to the highest ideals of the legal profession.”

Frater, the most senior litigator in the DOJ, is a “rare litigator in Canada, having established himself as one of Canada’s leading litigators in both criminal and civil litigation,” said Strathy. “While he now primarily argues civil appeals, he began his career as a prosecutor and is a recognized expert in criminal law and ethics, having authored several leading texts in this area.

“ ... Rob Frater’s reputation for skilful advocacy, integrity, scholarship and civility make him an ideal candidate for this award.”