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Justice Abella to speak at Brandeis commencement

Tuesday, April 04, 2017 @ 2:30 PM | By John Chunn

Supreme Court of Canada Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella will address graduating students at Brandeis University’s 66th commencement ceremonies on May 21 in Waltham, Mass.

She will be among five individuals to receive honorary degrees from Brandeis at the ceremony.

Justice Abella, 70, who, in 1976, was the youngest person appointed to Canada’s judiciary, helped pioneer the concept of employment equity for women, minorities and people with disabilities, according to a Brandeis University press release.

In January, Justice Abella, who joined the Supreme Court in 2004, was named the Global Jurist of the Year by Northwestern University in Chicago. David Jacobson, who was U.S. ambassador to Canada from 2009 to 2013, nominated her for the award, which is for a current judge who has shown a lifetime of commitment in the face of adversity to defending human rights or principles of international criminal justice.