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Former justice Cullity to receive OBA estates award

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 @ 10:55 AM | By John Chunn


Maurice Cullity, former judge with the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, was named the winner of the Ontario Bar Association (OBA) Award of Excellence in Trust and Estates Law, in April 2017, and will be honoured at a May 31 reception at the Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto.

The award recognizes outstanding OBA members for their accomplishments such as the development of trusts and estates law; academic excellence through teaching at the bar admission course; participation in continuing legal education and/or academic writing; contribution as counsel or as a judge to the development of wills, trusts and estates law and to the wills, trusts and estates legislative framework.

In 1979 Cullity joined the law firm of Davies Ward & Beck and was a partner there until 1997 when he was appointed to the Ontario Court of Justice (General Division), now the Superior Court of Justice.

Although his judicial work was primarily centred on managing and disposing of issues in class proceedings, he heard and wrote judgments in a number of cases on the Toronto Estates List.

After Cullity left the court he returned to private practice writing opinions on estates matters until his eventual retirement at the end of 2014.

For more information about the award, click here