Class of 1973

I was privileged to be part of a group of 20 extraordinary women entering U of T Law School in 1970.We were all high achievers in our scholastic careers to date and frankly did not fully appreciate the challenges that we would face as women in the legal profession.I am a member of the class of 1973! In brief, following my call to the bar I was a law clerk at the Ontario Court of Appeal (the first, and so far the only, court of appeal law clerk to become a judge of the court!), then practised civil litigation at Blakes until I was appointed to the Ontario Court General Division, now the Superior Court of Justice, on December 24, 1990. In June, 1998, I was elevated to the Court of Appeal.

However, my colleagues not only faced the challenges, they excelled in the profession. Their achievements include: top constitutional litigator, top constitutional professor, leaders in the real estate bar, the wills and trusts bar, the mediation profession, in art law, successful sole litigation practitioner, head of legal aid area committee, member of provincial cabinet, head of the racing commission, president of a major multinational corporation, three superior court judges. I think the women in our class can take great pride in the contributions we have made to the profession as lawyers and as women.