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Ottawa promotes judge to Manitoba Court of Appeal

Monday, April 01, 2019 @ 1:49 PM | By John Chunn


The Department of Justice on March 26 announced that Lori T. Spivak, a puisne judge of the Court of Queen’s Bench for Manitoba, has been appointed a judge of the Court of Appeal for Manitoba. She replaces Justice Holly C. Beard (Winnipeg), who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective Jan. 1, 2019.

Justice Spivak received her law degree from the University of Manitoba in 1981 and was admitted to the Manitoba bar in 1982. She was appointed to the Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench (General Division) in May 2005.

According to the government press release, prior to her appointment, Justice Spivak practised with the law firm of Aikins, MacAulay & Thorvaldson (now MLT Aikins) in the areas of civil litigation, professional regulation and discipline, and administrative law. She was also a labour arbitrator and human rights adjudicator.

As a lawyer, Justice Spivak served as president of the Law Society of Manitoba and president of the Federation of Law Societies. She was course head of the Ethics, Professional Responsibility and Law Office Management Bar Admission Course and a faculty member of the Civil Procedure segment. Prior to becoming a judge, her volunteer work included participating in various organizations within Winnipeg’s Jewish community and serving on the board of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.

During her many years on the bench, Justice Spivak has presided over a full range of cases in criminal, constitutional and civil law. She is co-chair of the Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench Judicial Education Committee, which is responsible for planning the educational conferences and programs for the court. She has also worked with the National Judicial Institute, along with other judges, on the development of an Education Plan for new judges. She is a Board member for both the Manitoba Law Reform Commission and the Canadian Chapter of the International Association of Women Judges.