Law Society of Saskatchewan medals awarded to top law graduates

The College of Law is pleased to announce the recipients of the Law Society of Saskatchewan gold, silver and bronze medals for 2023. These medals are awarded to the students with the highest academic standing in the Juris Doctor graduating class.

Gold Medalist – Sophia Marie Roth

Sophia completed a BSc and MSc in chemistry, both from the University of Calgary, before starting law school.

She enjoyed working on Law Review as a student and summer editor over the past year and a half.

Outside law school, she likes to camp and travel. She is excited to play on her ringette and field hockey teams when she returns to Calgary to article at Norton Rose Fulbright’s Calgary office.


Silver Medalist – Éric Ruel Turcotte 

Éric was born and raised in Saskatoon. Prior to law school, he graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Saskatchewan as the Edwards School of Business’ Most Distinguished Graduate.

During his time at the College of Law, Éric volunteered for Pro Bono Students Canada’s Wills Project, was a research assistant for Dr. Odumosu-Ayanu, and was the Managing Editor of the Saskatchewan Law Review. He completed the Certification in Common Law in French program which included an exchange term at the University of Ottawa. Éric also competed in the Bastarache Language Rights Moot, where his team won best pair and he was recognized as the best individual oralist.

Éric is currently clerking at the Court of Appeal for Saskatchewan for Chief Justice Richards, Justice Leurer, and Justice Drennan. The following year, he will clerk at the Federal Court of Appeal in Ottawa for Justice Gleason.

Outside of law school, Éric can be found brushing up on his French, walking his dog, and trying new outdoor sports. He is thankful for the support of his family and friends, as well as the faculty and staff at the College of Law.


Bronze Medalist – Liam Taylor McDonald

Before attending law school, Liam graduated from the University of Victoria with a Bachelor of Commerce and spent several years working in the technology industry in British Columbia.

During law school, Liam was a member of the Jessup Moot team, participated in the Dean’s Forum on Access to Justice and Dispute Resolution, served as a TA for the first-year Legal Research and Writing course, and played the keyboard with the College of Law’s charity rock band, the Dissent (feat. Dean Phillipson).

This summer, Liam is serving as a Managing Editor of the Saskatchewan Law Review while completing his Master of Business Administration at the Edwards School of Business. In September, he will begin clerking at the Court of Appeal for British Columbia.

Liam gratefully acknowledges and thanks his family, friends, and the faculty of the College of Law for their support.


The College of Law thanks the Law Society of Saskatchewan for supporting these awards.