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. Activities that support an independent judiciary, an independent legal profession, access to legal services, access to justice, and public interest advocacy are all eligible.

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 award is presented in conjunction with the Pitblado Lectures held in November of each year. 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. The deadline for nominations is September 30, 2021.

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

2020 Richard J. Scott Award Recipient

Robert L. Tapper, Q.C.

Mr. Tapper is a leading civil litigator in the Province of Manitoba. He has advanced the interests of a broad spectrum of clients before all levels of court in Manitoba and in the Supreme Court of Canada. He has made significant contributions to jurisprudence in the area of medical malpractice and in relation to media and defamation matters. Mr. Tapper has demonstrated a commitment throughout his career to enhancing the advocacy skills of law students and lawyers through his teaching, mentorship and writing.


Saul Simmonds, Q.C.


Karen Dyck


John Myers


Jeff Hirsch


Allan Fineblit, Q.C.


Irene Hamilton, Q.C.


Byron Williams