The County of Carleton Law Association announced that the Honourable Madam Justice V. Jennifer Mackinnon and E. Jane Murray (Faculty of Law, Common Law alumna, 1982) are the first recipients of the Honourable Heidi Levenson Polowin Award for Family Law. Both were presented with the award at the Annual Institute of Family Law in April 2018.
The Polowin Award is given to a lawyer who has made an outstanding contribution to the practice of family law through their career, whether as a litigator, solicitor, judge and/or alternative dispute resolution neutral. The Polowin Family will make a $1,000 donation in Heidi’s memory to a charity of the recipient’s choice.
Justice Heidi Levenson Polowin (LL.B. 1977) was appointed to the Superior Court of Justice in 2000. She became a leader in the field of child protection, making it her mission and labour of love during her time as judge. Justice Levenson Polowin passed away in May 2016.
Two recipients were selected for the award in its inaugural year:
E. Jane Murray (LL.B. 1982) is a counsel/arbitrator/mediator with Mann Lawyers LLP in Ottawa. She joined the firm in 1984 after being called to the bar during that same year. She has spent the past 25 years concentrating on family law and estate litigation. She is also a trained mediator and qualified family arbitrator.
Justice V. Jennifer Mackinnon is a Judge of the East Region, Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Family Court Branch). Justice Mackinnon was a driving force behind the establishment of the Justice Heidi Levenson Polowin Child Protection Law Course, and is a member of the University of Ottawa Community.
Congratulations to both on this tremendous honour!