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College of Law professor Ronald C.C. Cuming receives CBA National Bankruptcy, Insolvency and Restructuring Section Lifetime Achievement Award

College of Law professor Ronald C.C. Cuming was presented with the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) National Bankruptcy, Insolvency and Restructuring Section Lifetime Achievement Award at the Section’s Pan-Canadian Insolvency Conference in Winnipeg on September 11, 2015.

Established by the CBA, the award is aimed at recognizing the contributions of a senior member of the insolvency profession who has achieved professional excellence in the insolvency field and made a significant contribution to the profession.

 “It is a great honour for me to have been given this award by people I hold in high regard,” says Cuming.

Professor Cuming is the first academic to receive the award.

Considering this remarkable achievement, Cuming tends to downplay his tremendous accomplishment. “While I have been an academic lawyer during my entire professional career, I decided from the beginning that I would use my privileged position at a university to do what I could to obtain much needed changes to those areas of commercial law in which I developed expertise.”

Cuming is humbled by the prestigious award. “It is recognition from members of the Canadian legal profession that I was able to make some progress in meeting my goal.”

Beth Bilson, Acting Dean of the College of Law, describes Professor Cuming as “the cornerstone of the commercial law offerings in the College of Law.”

Over his lengthy career, Dean Bilson notes that Cuming’s contribution has been unparalleled.  “Cuming has combined academic research and teaching with legislative reform and statutory interpretation in a way which is unique. He has provided advice to governments, the judiciary and members of the legal profession at national and international levels. (And) he has explicitly tied his arguments for law reform in commercial law to issues of economic development and access to justice.”

Bilson adds that generations of law students will benefit from Cuming’s “memorable and formative instruction.”

“The College has always taken pride in Professor Cuming’s accomplishments, including this latest award.”

Ronald C.C. Cuming joined the College of Law in 1966. He received a B.A. and LL.B. from the University of Saskatchewan and a graduate degree in law from Columbia University. During his time at the college he gained international recognition in secured financing, leasing, and insolvency law, and has shared this expertise with law students and national and international organizations alike.