Learn how to nominate someone for the Mundell Medal, an award honouring excellence in legal writing in Ontario.
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About the award
The Mundell Medal celebrates excellence in legal writing by Ontario writers who have made distinguished contributions to law and letters. The award recognizes:
- literary craftsmanship
- clear expression
Who is eligible
Eligible candidates include:
- other legal writers such as journalists or historians
You can nominate someone who was previously nominated.
Submit a nomination
The nomination period for the Mundell Medal is now open.
Your nomination should include:
- a cover letter describing the nominee’s achievements and why they meet the criteria for the award
- a list of the nominee’s published writings
- two copies of one writing sample
Submit your nomination either:
- by mail to:
The Honourable George Strathy
Chair, Selection Committee for the David W. Mundell Medal
130 Queen Street West
- by email to
Send questions about the Mundell Medal by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You must submit your nomination by December 10, 2021.
We will announce the winner(s) of the Mundell Medal in Spring 2022.
History of the award
The Mundell Medal was established in 1986 by Ian Scott, former Attorney General, to advance and foster the effective use of language in the legal profession.
The award honours the late David Walter Mundell, a renowned constitutional lawyer and the first director of the Ministry of the Attorney General’s Constitutional Law Branch.
The medal was designed by the late Kenneth Jarvis, a lawyer and former Secretary of the Law Society of Upper Canada.
Learn about past Mundell Medal recipients below.
- Lorne M. Sossin
- Allen Linden
- Kent Roach
- Constance Backhouse
- Brenda Cossman
- William Kaplan
- Robert J. Sharpe
- Patrick J. Monahan
- Don Stuart
- Michael J. Trebilcock
- James G. McLeod
- Garry D. Watson
- Jean-Gabriel Castel
- David M. Paciocco
- Mark M. Orkin
- The committee concluded that no award should be made for 2000.
- Gerald H.L. Fridman
- John M. Evans (co-author)
- Donald J.M. Brown (co-author)
- John Honsberger
- Margaret H. Ogilvie
- Stephen Waddams
- Paul Perell
- Maurice C. Cullity
- Peter W. Hogg
- Sharon A. Williams
- Peter D. Maddaugh (co-author)
- John D. McCamus (co-author)
- Martin L. Friedland
- The committee concluded that no award should be given for 1988.
- Harry W. Arthurs
- William R. Lederma