Colleagues in the Hamilton legal community paid tribute to Bill Morris, founder of the Morris Law Group, at this year’s annual Sopinka United Way Luncheon in Hamilton. Morris received the prestigious John F. Evans Award of Community Distinction. While this is the 11th time the luncheon has been held to recognize achievement in supporting the Burlington and Hamilton United Way, it is only the second year the award of distinction has been given.
“Bill has had a long-standing commitment to United Way over a long period of time, quietly behind the scenes — he has always just done it because it’s the right thing to do,” said Paul Sweeny, a lawyer with Evans Sweeny Bordin, and chair of the 2012 United Way’s legal committee.
Each year committee organizers persuade a Supreme Court justice, a group who do not typically participate in fundraising activities, to attend as the guest speaker. This year’s guest of honour, Madam Justice Marie Deschamps, spoke about the prospects for lawyers who embrace technology and social media.
This year the event raised more than $175,000 for the United Way. To date, more than $1 million has been raised since the event was conceived 11 years ago by John Evans.
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