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The Honourable Lincoln Alexander ‘53 Award

Born in Toronto, Ont., in 1922, Lincoln MacCauley Alexander graduated from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont., in 1949 and Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto in 1953.

Nominations for the 2023 Lincoln Alexander Award Are now open!

For more information on this award, please read below.

Lincoln Alexander graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1953. He practiced law until 1968, when he entered the political sphere as the first Black Member of Parliament. He successfully served four consecutive terms. In 1985, Alexander was appointed as Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, and was again the first black person to hold this office. In his later years, Alexander was appointed to several other high-profile positions, including Companion of the Order of Canada, Chancellor of the University of Guelph and Chair of the Canadian Race Relations Foundations.

Throughout his life, Alexander was a champion of equity. He was a trailblazer who broke through colour barriers that had previously hindered the advancement and success of Black Canadians. Since his passing in 2012 at the age of 90, Lincoln Alexander has left behind an incredible legacy of public service that still resonates with many of us today.

The Lincoln Alexander Award recipient is a professional in the community who embodies the values of leadership, professional excellence and a commitment to public service. These values will be evident through their professional experiences, contributions to the Black community and legal advocacy.

To nominate a potential candidate, please fill out the nomination form no later than February 10th, at 11:59pm. If you have any questions, please contact blsaosgoodebhm@gmail.com.



1. All Black-identifying professionals substantially engaged with the Black community in Canada are eligible to be nominated for the above award. 

2. Nominations for awards may be submitted by any individual as long as the nominee meets the nomination criteria. 

3. You may nominate more than one individual for this award. Please use one form for each individual nominated. 

4. A short narrative explaining the reasons for your nomination is required. 

5. All nominations must be submitted via this Google Form by February 10th, at 11:59

6. Decisions will be made by the executive team of the Black Law Students’ Association- Osgoode Hall chapter. 

7. Nominees must be able to attend the in-person award ceremony date of said event is TBD.

This ceremony honours the recipient of the Lincoln Alexander Award, who embodies the values of leadership, professional excellence, and a commitment to public service. The award is named after a Black Canadian trailblazer and champion of equity. This celebration also recognizes the recipients of the LSAT Bursary, which helps fund LSAT tutoring for prospective law students.

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