Paul Le Vay, a bilingual lawyer who practises in English and French, is the recipient of the 2015 Lincoln Alexander Award from the Law Society of Upper Canada. The award is named for Canada’s first Black MP
He is a partner and certified specialist in civil litigation with Stockwoods LLP, where he has practised for 25 years.
Le Vay is past president of L’Association des Juristes d’Expression Française de l’Ontario (AJEFO). During his mandate, AJEFO accomplished many major goals such as raising its profile and diversifying its projects and initiatives.
He co-chaired the French Language Services Bench and Bar Advisory Committee, mandated by the Ministry of the Attorney General of Ontario to improve access to justice in French before the Ontario Courts.
The Lincoln Alexander Award was established in 2002 and is awarded annually in recognition of an Ontario lawyer who demonstrates long-standing interest and commitment to the public and to the pursuit of community service on behalf of residents of Ontario.
The award was created in honour of lawyer Lincoln M. Alexander who was MP for Hamilton West. In 1985, he was appointed lieutenant-governor of Ontario, the first person of colour in Canada to be named to the vice-regal position. Alexander died on Oct. 19, 2012, in Hamilton, at 90.
The Law Society of Upper Canada will honour 11 outstanding members of the legal profession at its annual award ceremony May 27 at Osgoode Hall when it will officially present the Law Society Medal, the Lincoln Alexander Award, the Laura Legge Award and the William Simpson Distinguished Paralegal Award.