Legal Line Wins…

The Law Society’s Highest ‘Access to Justice’ Award


Ian Levine, Antree Demakos and Andreas Levine


Antree’s 5 minute acceptance speech



On February 28, Treasurer Paul Schabas of The Law Society of Ontario announced that Antree Demakos had won the 2018 John Shirley Denison Award for her role as Founder and Chief Information Officer for Legal Line, which is responsible for helping 3 million Canadians a year with Free Legal Help.

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LSO NewsStory

Antree has earned the trusted support of Law Society Treasurers since 1993; and, as a valuable part of their Access to Justice initiative, The Law Society website has linked community members to Legal Line since 2008.

In addition to answering 31,000 enquiries every day, we also refer our Users to lawyers and other professionals when needed.

The Award Ceremony is set to take place at The Law Society on May 23, 2018.

The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) building, formerly known as The Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC), 1797-2018

John Shirley Denison

Born in Montréal in 1870, Denison attended Upper Canada College in Toronto, and then Osgoode Hall Law School. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 1892 and was made King’s Counsel in 1910, under George V. He was elected a bencher of the Law Society in 1931, and was re-elected in 1936, ‘41 and ‘46. Denison served as chairman of the Legal Education Committee from 1936 until 1944, after which he was elected Treasurer.

By naming an award in his honour the importance of his legacy will be recognized and celebrated each year, as will the activities of Antree C. Demakos, Founder of Legal Line, in making a significant contribution in the area of access to justice.







“The Law Society has been aware of the Legal Line project since 1991, and has assisted in its development of both the telephone and website systems. Having been involved with ‘Dial-a-law’, I am pleased to see the development of new technology in action.”
Gemma Zecchini
Director of Change Integration
The Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC)

“As a former practicing lawyer and retired Executive Director of The Manitoba Law Foundation, I have watched the development of public legal information systems across Canada for the past 13 years. After completing an in-depth analysis, I report that the telephone and internet systems designed and implemented by Legal Line is the most sophisticated electronic retrieval method I have ever encountered. The Directors of Legal Line have spent all of the time necessary to develop systems of the best possible quality, and they have obtained the cooperation of hundreds of lawyers with the finest of reputations.”
William K. Greenaway, Ph.D., LL.B.
Doctorate in Law / Consultant to the LFO
Law Foundation of Ontario (LFO)

“I have distributed all 200 Legal Line flyers and I require more.”
Kathryn Noxon, Lawyer
Volunteer Lawyers Service (VLS)
Your Legal Rights

“The Law Society has approved your idea to distribute your flyers and guides with our materials to your 6,500 community partners. Your postcard design with our logo has also been approved. I am really happy that we have reached this benchmark. Please keep me posted to what further support you need from The Law Society.”
Marisha Roman, LL.B.
Aboriginal Initiatives and Policy Counsel
The Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC)

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“The Law Society of Ontario links to Legal Line here, as well as two other links under the tab “For the Public”, and “Services for the Public” to access our ‘Legal Resources’ Page. Legal Line is listed under “General Resources”, www.lsuc.on.ca/legal-resources/ and we also list you under The Law Society Referral Service (LSRS) page which links people back to www.lsuc.on.ca/lsrs/.”
Annette J. Diamond, LL.B., B.A.
Manager, Law Society Referral Service (LSRS)
The Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC)

“Each of our nine (9) Telephone Support Counsellers has a Legal Line poster pinned up on the wall above their phone and when appropriate, we refer our callers to Legal Line.”
James Jones, J.D.
Manager, Law Society Referral Service (LSRS)
The Law Society of Ontario (LSO)

Including Legal Line with a group initiative with Legal Aid Ontario, Pro Bono Law Ontario, and The Law Foundation of Ontario in a publication for mass distribution through The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, Toronto Life magazine, and to over 2,000 legal help office across Ontario, The Law Society Treasurer Thomas Conway says…
“At The Law Society, we are committed to improving access to justice for all Ontarians. The right information can help you make good choices if you are dealing with a legal problem.”
Thomas G. Conway
Treasurer (2012-2014)
The Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC)

“Legal Line is an important resource for the members of Ontario. We have created a special link direct to Legal Line.”
James Truman
Project Coordinator
Ministry of the Attorney General (MAG)

“Legal Line has taken all the necessary steps to present easily accessible legal information to the public. I am proud to have been contributing to Legal Line for over 20 years as a volunteer by reviewing areas of law for which I am experienced.”
The Honourable Mr. Justice Marvin A. Zuker
Family Court Judge (22 yrs.), Small Claims Court Judge (12 yrs.), Criminal Court Judge (current)
Ontario Court of Justice

“Congratulations Legal Line for winning by unanimous vote, the City of Toronto’s most prestigious Award for Access, Equity and Human Rights. Antree deserves to be celebrated for helping to build a stronger, more equitable society for all Torontonians.”
John Tory, Mayor of Toronto
City of Toronto
Government of Ontario

“I would like to order an additional 1,000 Legal Line Guides. Your guides are available at the Registry of the Supreme Court of Canada to members of the public who need legal help. Your service is a great initiative for the community.”
Nadia Loreti
Acting Director, Registry Branch
The Supreme Court of Canada

It is my honor to share the stage with you this evening. Congratulations to you (Antree Demakos) for creating Legal Line and winning the 2017 LEXPERT Award.
Supreme Court Judge
The Honourable Rosalie Silberman Abella
The Supreme Court Of Canada

Special Thanks to:

Grant Wedge, Executive Director of The Law Society, Policy, Equity & Public Affairs who worked with Legal Line in 2012 when we undertook the mammoth task to distribute 90,000 copies of The Law Society pamphlet entitled “Handling everyday legal problems – Information to help you make good choices” to our 8,000 Legal Line Community Partners.

This Law Society pamphlet promotes and endorses Legal Line as a valuable information resource, along with the services of Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO) and Your Legal Rights.

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