Small Town Boy Makes a Big Difference

David H. Gordon headshot

For three decades, David H. Gordon was committed to helping others.  Born in Sudbury, Ontario, David dedicated his life to the legal profession, practicing as a senior partner at McCarthy Tétrault for over 35 years where he was also a tireless mentor to young attorneys.

Today, David’s legacy continues to impact future law leaders through the D.H. Gordon Foundation Law Award.  Established in 2013 by the D.H. Gordon Foundation in his memory, the prestigious $10,000 award is awarded annually to one student from the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law on the basis of academic excellence and financial need, with the hope of making law school more accessible and affordable.

Through the generosity of donors like the D.H. Gordon Foundation, the Faculty of Law has been able to recruit and retain highly qualified and diverse students.  These gifts are a special investment in our law school, and instil in our students a sense of confidence, pride, and encouragement.

“Having been selected to receive the D.H. Gordon Foundation Award, the financial costs of pursuing my studies has been significantly reduced, which has enabled me to devote more of my time to focus on my studies and academic activities.  This award has inspired me to believe that I can move forward with my dreams and make them a reality.”

Amanda Somek,
JD Graduate 2017
Bora Laskin Faculty of Law                                                                                                

A photo of David is proudly displayed in the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law to help inspire and call to attention the value of listening, learning, and working hard: driving forces that David exemplified in his life and practice.

For more information on how you can support students at the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law, please contact Lee-Anne Camlin at (807) 346-7792 or