Richard J. Scott Award

The Richard J. Scott Award is presented annually by the Law Society of Manitoba to an individual who advances the rule of law and contributes to a strong and independent legal profession through advocacy, litigation, teaching, research, writing or mentoring.

The award honours former Chief Justice Richard Scott, who served as Manitoba’s Chief Justice for over 20 years and is a Past President of the Law Society of Manitoba. The Honourable Mr. Scott serves as Chair of the Selection Committee.

How to Submit a Nomination

Submissions should include the nominee’s C.V. and an explanation as to why the nominee deserves this award. Previous nominees are welcome to submit their names for consideration. The deadline for nominations is September 29, 2023.

Regular Mail

Chief Executive Officer
The Law Society of Manitoba
200 – 260 St. Mary Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R3C 0M6

Or Email

Pat Bourbonnais

Past Award Recipients

2022 Richard J. Scott Award Recipient

Helga D. Van Iderstine

Ms Van Iderstine is a partner with MLT Aikins. The breadth of her practice is vast, including litigation and administrative law, professional liability, health care, utility work and advice on matters related to regulatory issues.

Ms Van Iderstine has been a pioneer in the field of medical assistance in death and dying, has given freely of her time and experience in many pro bono activities as well as to the governance of the profession. She is a trusted mentor who has also been a generous and committed leader for the advancement of art, culture, education, sport and commerce in Manitoba.


Heather Leonoff, Q.C.


Robert L. Tapper, Q.C.


Saul Simmonds, Q.C.


Karen Dyck


John Myers


Jeff Hirsch


Allan Fineblit, Q.C.


Irene Hamilton, Q.C.


Byron Williams