Slaw Founder Simon Fodden Wins 2014 CBA President’s Award

The Slaw community will be very pleased to learn that our Founder Simon Fodden has been honoured as a co-recipient of this year’s CBA President’s Award, along with former MP, Irwin Cotler.


From the press release:

The award recognizes the significant contribution of Canadian jurists to the legal profession, the CBA, or the public life of Canada.

Simon Fodden founded in 2005, a blog that is considered by many to be a foremost source of legal information and discussion in Canada.

“As we debated and analyzed the future of law, and in particular our CBA Legal Futures Initiative, Simon Fodden has helped guide our thinking,” says Headon.

“Not content to just retire after a long and distinguished academic career, he showed us how to innovate. SLAW has had a significant impact on the profession, serving as a forum to exchange ideas and to encourage change.”

“It is now used as a forum for the discussion of law, and is an example of how new technology can help the profession.”

Professor Emeritus at the Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Simon Fodden taught family law and property law for over 30 years. He has written and lectured extensively in these areas. He is also the author of two novels.

He obtained his B.A. from Princeton University and his LL.B. degree from Osgoode Hall Law School. Simon Fodden helped found Osgoode’s intensive program in poverty law at Parkdale Community Legal Services, Ontario’s first legal clinic, and later was academic director there for two years. He also started Osgoode’s intensive program in family law. He retired as publisher of Slaw in May of this year.

Congratulations Simon! We’re all very proud!!


  1. So proud! Great photo too. Congratulations to both.

  2. A well deserved recognition of your contribution to the profession and its future, Simon. And I agree with Kim – great photo!

  3. Congratulations Simon

  4. Congratulations!

  5. richly deserved – and not just for helping the CBA out with its projects! Good work, well done, and well recognized.

  6. Congrats Simon! Looking sharp. Thank you.

  7. Congratulations Simon! Very well deserved!

  8. Terrific news. Congratulations, Simon! (Great photo!)

  9. Lisa Di Valentino

    Congratulations to Simon! Well deserved.

  10. Well deserved. Sorry I missed the presentation.

  11. Fabulous – and well earned.