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Concordia’s jurist-in-residence Morton Minc wins the inaugural Dean Jason Carey Distinction Award

The University of Alberta’s new prize recognizes valuable contributions to the legal profession
June 5, 2023

Smiling man with short, greying hair, wearing a suit and tie. Morton Minc: “Social justice and innovation have long been an important part of my judicial work.”

On March 21, former chief justice of the Municipal Court of Montreal Morton Minc received the Dean Jason Carey Distinction Award for Social Innovation: Law and Justice. Minc is the first to receive this award, which was presented by the University of Alberta, Campus Saint-Jean.

Since 2017, Minc has led Concordia’s Jurist-in-Residence Program, which offers unique mentorship opportunities to undergraduate students and hosts a popular conversation series each year.

Minc was the guest of honour at the Dean’s Conference where the award was presented.

Following his presentation on social justice, Minc received the prize from Jason Carey, Campus Saint-Jean dean. Bill Flanagan, university president and vice-chancellor, was also in attendance.

“Judge Minc’s contributions to our faculty and to the legal profession are tremendous, and this award is richly deserved,” says Pascale Sicotte, dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science, which houses the Jurist-in-Residence program as part of the History Department’s Minor in Law and Society.

The program has since expanded to include events at Concordia’s Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science.

This recent honour further highlights the impact Minc has had on Quebec’s judicial system, transforming the court by promoting social justice with improved access to justice. His efforts have resulted in a model that continues to be used by courts across Canada today.

“I am very honoured to have been given this inaugural award from the University of Alberta,” Minc says.

“Social justice and innovation have long been an important part of my judicial work and are part of what I try to instill in young people today.”

Find out more about Concordia’s
Jurist-in-Residence program.


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