Lawyer’s work in charity, tax areas earns bar association award
June 19, 2012 | Jewish Tribune
TORONTO – Ottawa lawyer Adam Aptowitzer was honoured with the Ontario Bar Association’s (OBA) 2012 Heather McArthur Memorial Young Lawyers’ Award at a reception held last week.
“This award recognizes exceptional contributions and/or achievements in continuing legal education or the development of law for the benefit of the profession or the citizens of Ontario,” said OBA President Paul Sweeny.
Aptowitzer, 36, is the managing partner at Drache Aptowitzer LLP, which has offices in Ottawa and Calgary. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 2002 and the Alberta Bar in 2010.
His areas of practice are charity and tax law. He has written extensively on the topic of charity law, created comprehensive podcasts on the subject and speaks frequently at top-level professional development programs.
The Heather McArthur Memorial Young Lawyers’ Award was presented to him by Sweeny and Chief Justice Heather Smith of the Superior Court of Ontario.
“Adam truly represents a perfect recipient for this award,” said Smith, “given his very significant contributions to both continuing legal education and the development of charities law across this province and, indeed, across this country.”
“I work in charity law, an area a lot of people haven’t heard of,” said Aptowitzer. “There’s a great need for reform in the area, so to get an award like this is not only a validation of the work I’m doing, but also a recognition that charity law exists and is an important area, and that’s meaningful in and of itself.
“I believe that the structure by which charities are supposed to operate is counter-productive, borderline unconstitutional and is in need of revamping. That is my effort towards law reform, which the OBA has recognized as being of some worth.”
Aptowitzer has made his home in Ottawa for the past eight years where he lives with his wife and their two young children. He is originally from Calgary and has also lived in Toronto. He is the former National Legal Counsel on Foreign Affairs for B’nai Brith Canada.