2014 Médaille de Saint-Yves

Each year, Pro Bono Québec awards the Médaille de Saint-Yves to recognize the outstanding contribution of a lawyer, law office or an organization that has offered pro bono legal services.

We invite you to consult the details for the process and modalities of nomination (French only).

Saint-Yves (St. Ivo of Kermartin in English) is the patron saint of all professions related to justice and the law, including lawyers. He lived from 1250 to 1303, and was born and spent most of his life in Brittany, France. He is usually depicted with a purse in one hand, symbolizing the money he gave to the poor during his life, and a scroll in the other hand, which represents his role as an ecclesiastical judge (a judge in courts established by the church). He is also often pictured standing between a rich person and a poor one.


2013 Médaille de Saint-Yves

On September 23, Pro Bono Québec proudly presented its Médaille de Saint-Yves to Me Richard Neil Goldman during the Barreau’s Special Award Ceremony honouring Lawyers Emeritus.

Me Goldman graduated from McGill University with degrees in law and in economics. Admitted to the Quebec Bar in 1987, Me Goldman has, throughout his career, selflessly devoted his time to the most vulnerable groups. He has been and still is actively involved with three human rights organisations, namely, the Just Solutions Clinic, Project Genesis, and the Comité d’aide aux réfugiés.

A leader in the legal community and the general population, Me Goldman is an inspiring and shining example of how a lawyer can promote access to justice through pro bono legal work. His social commitment is reflected in his everyday life as he provides vulnerable migrants with free legal consultations, and offer trainings and information regarding immigration law.

Pro Bono Québec welcomes the generous contribution of Me Goldman and offers its most sincere congratulations!

Photo by Celina Hasbun

2012 Médaille de Saint-Yves

Pro Bono Québec handed its « Médaille de St-Yves 2012 » to Mr. Robert Hayes on the special evening awards ceremony of Emeritus Lawyer of the Barreau du Québec, on September 24th.

A member of the Quebec Bar since 1979, Mr. Robert Hayes always cared to enrich his career by getting involved in social projects and community organizations. From 1997 to 2010, he carried the establishment of the Maison de soins palliatifs de Laval as a member of the Implementation Committee and as the president of the Executive Committee. This non-profit organization now offers free palliative cares to over 225 people per year. After many years of dedication to the organization in Laval, Mr. Hayes has started a new project for a similar organization in Ville LaSalle.

Pro Bono Québec is proud to grant the «Médaille de St. Yves 2012» to a pro bono lawyer as inspiring as Mr. Robert Hayes. His outstanding contribution and commitment over the years now offer significant and concrete results for the benefit of the community! Congratulations!


2012 Canadian Pro Bono Awards

November 1st , the 2012 Canadian Pro Bono Awards were given to Dominique-Anne Roy (Pro Bono lawyer), Fraser Milner Casgrain (National Pro Bono firm), Law Help Ontario (Pro Bono Program) and Hunter Litigation Chambers (Pro Bono Regional firm). Congratulations to all!


Pro Bono Quebec congratulates the recipient of the "2011 Médaille de Saint-Yves", Me Geeta Narang, founder and executive director of the Mile End Legal Clinic. Me Narang has distinguished herself by her proven leadership and is an inspiring model regarding pro bono legal work. For many law students and volunteer lawyers, Me Narang is the spark that leads them to devote their time to the community. Through her generous and sincere personal involvement, Me Narang contributes consistently to promote pro bono legal services. Me Narang strongly believes that law and justice are efficient ways to help people improve their lives, socially and economically. It is this conviction that inspired her to develop and manage the Mile End Legal Clinic offering free legal services to the population from Mile End, as well other areas of Montreal. Our sincere congratulations!



Pro Bono Québec awarded its very first "Médaille de Saint-Yves" in 2010, to Me Colin K. Irving, Ad.E..

Me Irving has been practising law for over 50 years and he has never stopped using his expertise to help his fellow citizens with legal problems.  He founded the Tyndale St-Georges Community Center Legal Clinic and has been contributing as a volunteer lawyer with the Mile-End Legal Clinic.  Me Irving is a model to follow and to imitate for the entire legal community!