MISSISSAUGA—Marian Jacko is honored to be recognized by the Law Society of Ontario for the Laura Legge Award.
The Laura Legge Award “was established in 2007 in honor of (the late) Laura Legge, who was the first woman elected bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada and the first woman to serve as its treasurer,” Ms. Jacko said. , originally from the unceded territory of Wiikwemkoong. “Yes, I am very honored to be recognized for this award. She (Ms Legge) passed away in 2010 but when you look at what she accomplished and the people who have received the award before, it’s amazing.
The Laura Legge Award honors women lawyers in Ontario who have demonstrated leadership within the profession.
Ms. Jacko has spent her entire legal career working on behalf of children and Indigenous peoples
“In 1996-98, I articled with the Office of the Children’s Lawyer and started on a permanent basis in 1998 (after being called to the Bar of Ontario),” she said. at The Expositor. “When I started out, I worked in civil property litigation. She worked at the Office of the Children’s Lawyer as a lawyer for 17 years.
In 2015, she was seconded to the Aboriginal Justice Division to work as counsel to the Assistant Deputy Attorney General for the Aboriginal Justice Division.
Then, in November 2016, Ms. Jacko was offered the opportunity to be Ontario’s Children’s Lawyer.
“I’ve been with the Ministry of the Attorney General since my 24th year,” Ms. Jacko told The Expositor.
“Yes, I think my job is rewarding, working with children, especially because of the volume of cases that there are,” Ms Jacko explained. “Our legal representatives care for up to 20,000 children in Ontario at any one time. “We have over 80 employees and a panel of lawyers available across the province. Across the province, I have lawyers and clinicians ready to work for us. It is a privilege to work in the system.
“We try to meet the needs of all children, Indigenous and non-Indigenous,” Ms. Jacko said.
Ms. Jacko raised her eldest son as a single mother while earning three college degrees, including a master’s degree in social work and a law degree. While working full-time as a lawyer and raising three children, she earned her LLM from York University.
Ms. Legge graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1948 after earning a Bachelor of Arts and a Diploma in Nursing. In 1955, she and her husband established the still active law firm Legge and Legge.
Ms. Legge has served as a director and chair of several prominent boards. She has also been the recipient of several prestigious awards, including the Order of Ontario. She died in 2010.
Ms. Jacko and other members of Ontario’s legal professions will be recognized for their outstanding professional achievements and contributions to their communities at the annual Law Society Awards Ceremony on May 25. recipients and their guests.
Ms. Jacko also received the prestigious Indspire Award in 2020. She is also the president of the Little Native Hockey League (Little NHL) tournament, which is scheduled to return in 2023.