Fellow Barry J. Nace Receives AAJ Leonard. M. Ring Champion of Justice Award

Congratulations to Fellow Barry J. Nace who is this year's recipient of the Leonard Ring Award presented by the American Association of Justice (AAJ). The award is given to a member who throughout his career served AAJ and its local affiliate in an extraordinary manner, who has exemplified himself in the courtroom as an advocate for personal injury victims, and who has exhibited the highest character as a trial attorney in his community.

Mr. Nace is a past-president of AAJ, twice served as president of DCTLA, served as president of the National Board of Trial Advocacy by whom he is Board Certified in Civil Litigation. He is also Board Certified in Medical Malpractice and has attained ABOTA's highest ranking for trial participation. He has also argued dozens of cases in Appellate Courts. He has been a member of the IATL for more than 45 years. He has attained malpractice verdicts for his clients in each of the last five decades and has throughout his 50+ years of practice attained Martindale-Hubbell's highest rating. 

IATL Fellow Paul Gallagher is Appointed As Attorney General of Ireland

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June 29, 2020

The International Academy of Trial Lawyers is proud to recognize our Fellow Paul Gallagher on his appointment as the Attorney General of Ireland. This high honor bestowed upon one of our distinguished members is the second time that Mr. Gallagher has been called upon to serve his country as Attorney General. He previously held the position from 2007-2011. Mr. Gallagher practices law in Dublin and has been a Fellow of our Academy since 2009.

About the International Academy of Trial Lawyers
The Academy is an elite group of trial lawyers representing both sides of the Bar: plaintiffs’ and defendants’ counsel in civil litigation and prosecutors and defense lawyers in criminal cases. Fellowship in the Academy is by invitation only, and trial lawyers are invited to become Fellows only after an extremely careful vetting process that includes discreet inquiries of both judges and other trial lawyers of high standing. Fellows come from firms of all sizes, from international firms with thousands of lawyers to very small firms. While the majority of the Fellows come from the United States, the Academy also includes lawyers from more than 30 other countries. The Academy’s general purposes are to cultivate the science of jurisprudence, promote reforms in the law, facilitate the Administration of Justice, and elevate the standards of integrity, honor and courtesy in the legal profession.

Contact: IATL Executive Office

Augusta Dowd Receives the 2020 Maud McLure Kelly Award

The Women’s Section of the Alabama State Bar has selected Augusta Dowd as the recipient of the Maud McLure Kelly Award this year. 

About the award:

The award, named for the first woman admitted to practice law in Alabama, is presented each year by the Women’s Section to a female attorney who has made a lasting impact on the legal profession and has been a pioneer and leader within the state. The Women’s Section is honored to present this award named after a woman whose commitment to women’s rights was and continues to be an inspiration for all women in Alabama. Previous recipients include the Hon. Janie L. Shores, Alice Lee, Nina Miglionico, Sara Dominick Clark, Frankie Fields Smith, Marjorie Fine Knowles, Mary Lee Stapp and Ernestine S. Sapp

Dedication to Fellow Thomas Heintzman

Former president Joe Matthews was one of the many hundreds in attendance at a Remembrance of our Fellow Tom Heintzman in Toronto, Sunday November 24th. Please see the dedication below. 

When Great Trees Fall[1]

One of the Academy’s Great Trees passed in November, shortly after his 78th birthday, and on November 24, the celebration of his life by family, colleagues and neighbors in Toronto filled Laidlaw Hall at Upper Canada College, the prep school “Tommie” Heintzman attended and later served as board member and benefactor. It was literally standing room only as several hundred people who were touched in life by our Fellow Thomas Giles Heintzman heard stories from his sons, his prep school and Harvard University friends, his colleagues at the bar and government leaders who valued his advice and friendship through the years. The Deputy Prime Minister of Canada was in the audience.

It was the kind of celebration IATL Fellows receive from local bars and communities and make us proud. It also reminds us how enriched we are by our Canadian and other International Fellows.

But this celebration was special too because it permitted a Fellow who knew Tom for the last twenty years of his life, primarily through the Academy, to learn what a special man he was and how much our Canadian Fellows can help us through these difficult times. Wonderful stories were told of Tom’s legendary bar service as past president of the Ontario and Canadian Bars, his love of family, music and nature and leadership of an old-line Toronto firm, McCarthy & McCarthy as it merged with an old line Montreal firm Clarkson Tétrault[2] and others to become the first truly Canadian national firm. His Quebecois partner’s humorous story of Tom and Mary Jane driving cross country in a van that bore the sign “My Canada Includes Quebec” as part of the effort to convince Quebec voters to remain in Canada, was one of those stories that are both international and local at the same time.

By far the most compelling story for our times and for our Academy, was told by his former Harvard hockey teammate and Governor General of Canada, who recounted the last time he spoke with Tom. The Right Honorable David Johnston had been on the panel responsible for the conduct of the final debate between the candidates for Prime Minister in the recent national election. Late the evening of the debate, Tom called David and told him the debate had been a disgrace and the organizers ought to be ashamed. The candidates were talking over each other and showed no respect for the process.  The laugh from the audience made it clear that many had received similar honest assessments from Tom over the years. The former Governor General agreed that the moderator should have turned off the microphone when either speaker violated the agreed rules of debate. Then Tom apologized. Again, laughter among the audience, the kind of laughter that insiders fully understand, but that still permits outsiders like an admirer from south of the border, to enjoy.  Then David brought a tear to most eyes in the hall by repeating Tom’s final words to a friend of 60 years – “I love you, David.”

Thomas Giles Heintzman was admitted as a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers in 1997.  He is survived by his wife Mary Jane, two sons Tom and Andrew, daughters-in-law Martha McCall and Roz, grandchildren Molly, Theodore, Luke and Sloan, and his brother Ralph.

[1]  The Reverend Shawn Newton of the First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto opened the celebration of Tom Heintzman’s life reading the Maya Angelou poem. 

[2]  McCarthy Tétrault was created through the merger of several firms: McCarthy & McCarthy of Toronto, Clarkson Tétrault of Montreal, Shrum Liddle & Hebenton of Vancouver, and Black & Company of Calgary. This merger was initially denied by the Law Society of Alberta, which enacted rules designed to stop it. The rules prohibited members from entering into a partnership with anyone who was not a resident of Alberta, and prohibited members from being partners of more than one firm. This rule was challenged as being contrary to the mobility rights protected by the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. In the resulting court case, Black v. Law Society of Alberta, the Supreme Court of Canada struck down the rules. The subsequent merger made McCarthy Tétrault Canada's first national law firm. (Wikipedia)