Schulich Instructor Ena Chadha has received the Law Society Medal for outstanding contributions to the profession and the community from the Law Society of Ontario. Chadha currently teaches Power and Politics to MBA and MBA/JD students.
“On a personal level, the Medal represents the pinnacle of my career and I’m overwhelmed by gratitude to be honoured this way,” said Chadha. “The award speaks to the power of law to advance social justice and expose and eliminate systemic discrimination. At its heart, the Law Society Medal inspires me and all lawyers to use our legal skills for advocating progressive equity.”
Called to the Bar in 1994, Chadha has been a litigator, lecturer, adjudicator, mediator, and public service leader. From July 2020 to August 2021, she served as the Chief Commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission, confronting not only the pandemic’s disproportionate impact on vulnerable communities, but also escalating bigotry and extremism permeating the prevailing social climate. With passion and dedication, she helped steward the province through an ever-changing landscape by strengthening relationships with government and by championing the rights of marginalized communities. Through her legal activism and extensive scholarship, Chadha has been a strong advocate for social justice reform and addressing systemic inequities to improve the lives of all Ontarians.
“On behalf of the entire Schulich community, I wish to congratulate Ena on being named a 2023 recipient of the Law Society Medal,” said Schulich Dean Detlev Zwick. “Ena’s steadfast advocacy on behalf of social justice reform and her work in championing the rights of marginalized individuals make her a worthy recipient of this award.”