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Fallen law students to be honoured

Tuesday, November 07, 2017 @ 3:25 AM | By Carolyn Gruske

Eighteen articling students who died as military members during the Second World War will be named honorary members of the Ontario bar during a special ceremony at the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC).

The ceremony is part of a commemorative project which is being organized by Patrick Shea, a partner in Gowling WLG's Toronto office. It was created to recognize the lives these students led and the lives they intended to lead.

“These young men made the ultimate sacrifice, and this event gives the law students and their families what the fates denied them,” said Shea. “The students put their lives on hold to respond to a greater call, went to war, and never returned. This commemorative call to the bar brings these individuals into the law profession and at the same time recognizes their sacrifice.”

Members of the students’ families have been invited to accept the honorary call to the bar on behalf of their fallen relatives.

A similar ceremony was held in 2014 when 58 law students who lost their lives during the First World War were recognized with honorary calls to the bar. For that initiative, named the Great War Law Student Memorial Project, Shea compiled a book, They Shall Not Grow Old, about the students, and he is doing something similar to correspond to this year’s event. A book called We Gave Our Today will feature biographies and photos of each student. Large poster panels depicting the fallen are also being created.

The special call to the bar ceremony for the fallen Second World War soldiers is scheduled to take place on Nov. 8 at 5:30 p.m. by the War Memorial in the lobby of Osgoode Hall.