Brock to bestow honorary degree on James Lockyer

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Brock to bestow honorary degree on James Lockyer

Published on October 18 2013

Brock University will bestow an honorary degree upon renowned Canadian defence lawyer James Lockyer at this year’s Fall Convocation taking place during two ceremonies on Saturday, Oct. 19.

He will be presented with the degree at the 2 p.m. ceremony.

James Lockyer is a founding director of the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted (AIDWYC), an organization that advocates for the wrongly convicted. He has been involved in exposing more than 20 wrongful convictions in Canada, including several homicide cases in which post-conviction DNA testing resulted in exonerations.

“Mr. Lockyer has made it a personal mission of his to fight for the rights of individuals within our country’s criminal justice system who have been wrongly accused,” says Brock President Jack Lightstone.

“He has dedicated his career to advocacy, human rights and ensuring the criminal justice system is equitable and fair for all,” adds Lightstone. “His commitment to argue for those who may not have the power to do so for themselves is an inspiration for our students and we are very proud to be honouring him in this way. When justice is denied to any one of us, all of us are in peril.”

Convocation will be held in the Ian D. Beddis Gymnasium and a reception for graduates, family members and other guests will be held after each ceremony. Tickets are not required. All guests are welcome.