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Former SCC chief justice McLachlin wins CBA President’s Award

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 @ 2:46 PM | By John Chunn

In recognition of her significant contribution to the legal profession, the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) and her years of public service and commitment to making Canada a more just society, former chief justice of Canada Beverley McLachlin will be presented with the CBA President’s Award at the President’s Dinner on Feb. 12, 2019, in Ottawa.

According to the CBA’s press release, McLachlin is a legal pioneer who has steered Canada’s justice system into the 21st century. Her almost three-decade career, nearly 18 of which she served as chief justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, has had a profound impact on Canada’s justice system and a tremendous influence on some of the most important judicial issues our country has faced to date.

“Coming to the court a few years after the repatriation of the Constitution, and the adoption of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Beverley McLachlin has been an important part of the jurisprudence that has grown up around both documents,” said CBA president Ray Adlington. “Beverley McLachlin has played a role in shaping our understanding of the Constitution and our rights many times since 1989, and especially in her 17 years as chief justice. Her court took on questions that helped define how Canadians think about themselves, helped define the Canadian ethos.”