Distinguished Alumnus Award


The Distinguished Alumnus Award recognizes SMUS alumni who have excelled in their chosen field and who exemplify many of the core values of St. Michaels University School. Each year we select a different field and welcome nominations from across the school community. The selection process typically concludes in July and the award is presented the following October.

In 2017 we will recognize one of our alumni who has done remarkable work in the field of literature. Nominees should demonstrate vision and innovation, dedication, achievement and accomplishment, as well as community involvement. To nominate an alumnus for the 2017 award please complete the form below.

2015 Distinguished Alumnus Award: Law

On behalf of the Alumni Association I am pleased to announce that the Honourable Justice Michael Code ‘67 has been chosen as the 2015 SMUS Distinguished Alumnus for his remarkable work in the field of law. His demonstrated vision and innovation, dedication and extraordinary accomplishments are a testament to his hard work. He is a credit to his community and the nation.

Justice Code holds a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws and a Master of Laws from the University of Toronto and was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1981.

Justice Code’s legal career was initially devoted to criminal and constitutional litigation, and later expanded to include other areas of public law. He was in private practice until 2005, arguing many leading evidence, procedure, and criminal law cases in the Court of Appeal of Ontario, and the Supreme Court of Canada, as well as numerous other courts in Canada. He also engaged in policy work for the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney-General and served for a time as Assistant Deputy Attorney General (Criminal Law) of Ontario. Mr. Code has lectured in criminal law at Woodsworth College, the University of Toronto and in evidence law at Osgoode Hall Law School. He was an editor of the Canadian Rights Reporter from its inception in 1982 until 1996. In 2008, Justice Code was appointed by the Attorney-General for Ontario to conduct a policy review, together with former Chief Justice P. LeSage, of the problems associated with long and complex trial procedure, and to prepare recommendations for change. The resulting Report of the Review of Long and Complex Criminal Case Procedures proposed various ways to make the criminal trial process more effective and efficient. Since 2009, Mr. Code has been a judge of the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario.

This past October, Justice Code visited the School as the honoured guest at Founders’ Dinner. He also had the opportunity to meet with students and teach four senior school classes on the impact of history on the law. A theme of his remarks was the importance of continuing to hire great teachers and providing financial support to qualified students who could not otherwise afford tuition – both of which, he says, were key to his success.

Congratulations Michael!

Nicky Parkinson '83, Chair, Distinguished Alumnus Nominations Committee

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For more information, please contact Shara Campsall ([email protected]) or Nicky Parkinson '83 ([email protected]).