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Call for Nominations: The Ilsa Greenblatt Shore Distinguished Graduate Award

We are pleased to announce that UNB Law is accepting nominations for the 2023/24 Ilsa Greenblatt Shore Distinguished Graduate Award. This award recognizes a member of the UNB Law alumni community for their professionalism, excellence in their area of law, public and/or community service, and involvement in the UNB Law community.


The criteria are drafted to allow flexibility and balance in choosing recipients. The ideal individual is one who has, for many years, been much involved in public service, including service to the law school, and who has achieved recognition in their chosen field. In short, the objective of this award is to recognize individuals who are well-rounded and symbolize what is meant by professionalism. The award recipient must have graduated from the University of New Brunswick at least 15 years before the granting of the award and be a “well-rounded” member of the legal profession with qualities that may include the following:

  1. a strong record of public and community service;
  2. a strong record of service to the legal profession;
  3. demonstrated excellence in the nominee’s chosen area of law; and/or
  4. involvement in the law school community.

Nominees will exclude persons who are presently members of Parliament or members of a legislative assembly. The award will be made at the discretion of the law school’s Heritage Committee, taking into account these terms of reference.

Nomination process

Nominations are open from Sept. 18, 2023 to Oct. 16, 2023. To nominate a deserving UNB Law graduate, please send a letter of nomination containing the following information to our Public Engagement Officer, Ed Bowes (

  1. Summary of the nominee’s service to the public and/or community;
  2. Summary of the nominee’s service to the legal profession;
  3. Summary of major career achievements and achievements in the nominee’s chosen area of law;
  4. Summary of the nominee’s service to the UNB Law school community;
  5. Personal and general information (Education; Publications; Directorships; Honours and Decorations; Other Relevant Information).

Note: You may include letters of support in your nomination package.

Once all nominations are received, the UNB Law Heritage Committee will review the applications and contact the chosen recipient. The award will be presented at the Fall 2023 UNB Law Academic Awards Nights.

Past recipients

The Ilsa Greenblatt Shore Distinguished Graduate Award was first awarded in 1997 to Ilsa Greenblatt Shore in memoriam. Since the inaugural award, the following alumni have received it:

  • 1999 Franklin O. Leger, Q.C., LL.D.
  • 2000 J. Fernand Landry, Q.C. (in memoriam)
  • 2001 Donald M. Gillis, Q.C.
  • 2004 Hon. Graydon Nicholas, C.M., O.N.B.
  • 2006 Frank J. McKenna, P.C., K.C., O.N.B.
  • 2009 Thomas E. Williams, K.C.
  • 2017 Hon. Madam Justice Margaret Larlee
  • 2019 Hon. Aldéa Landry, C.M., P.C., K.C.

We look forward to adding another name to this distinguished list of award recipients.