Peter was Canada's leading constitutional law scholar and professor emeritus at Osgoode Hall Law School. He died on February 4, 2020, at the age of 80. We are very proud and honoured that he was part of our unique Scholar in Residence program.
Peter was a treasured member of the Canadian legal community. During his more than 50 years of scholarship and counsel, Peter bridged the worlds of academia and legal practice. He was sought after by governments, corporate clients, judges and colleagues. As the Firm’s Scholar in Residence, Peter continued with his academic work (writing and teaching) and provided counsel to Blakes in the areas of constitutional law, governmental liability and the law of trusts. He also assisted with our continuing legal education and student recruitment activities.
While at Blakes, Peter touched the lives of many, acting as a friend and mentor and sharing his wisdom, grace and humour with staff, students and lawyers across all offices and practice areas at Blakes. He ran panels, held lectures, judged the Wilson Moot and spoke at client and student recruitment events.
Peter was publicly honoured countless times, including being made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1991 and then promoted to Companion (the highest level) of the Order of Canada in 2003. He was Queen’s Counsel, Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the recipient of teaching awards, honorary doctorates and the Law Society Medal.