The D.B. Goodman Fellowship was established in memory of the late David B. Goodman, Q.C. of Toronto by members of his family, friends and professional associates with the intention of bringing to the law school, on an annual basis, a distinguished member of the practising bar or bench for a few days of teaching and informal discussions with the student body and faculty.

It was the intention of the founders of this fellowship that the Goodman Fellow would, on the one hand, bring to the Faculty the benefit of insights and ideas gained from long experience in the practical application of the law and, on the other hand, himself or herself be refreshed by a short return to the academic legal community.

See the Goodman Lecture archives to find out information about past lectures, including in some cases a description, the text, or a video of the lecture.

Goodman Lecture 2022


"Judicial Independence and Some of its Enemies"

Lady Hale of Richmond DBE

The Rt Hon Lady Hale of Richmond DBE
Former President 
Supreme Court of the United Kingdom 

Wednesday, September 21, 2022
4:10 pm
Rosalie Silberman Abella Moot Court Room (J250)
Jackman Law Building, 78 Queen's Park

Lady Hale retired as President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, the most senior Judge in the United Kingdom, in January 2020. Before becoming a Judge, she had a varied career, as an academic lawyer at the University of Manchester (also qualifying and practising for a while as a barrister in Manchester), as the first woman member of the Law Commission, a statutory body which promotes the reform of the law, where she led successful projects in Family Law and Mental Capacity Law, and also sat as a part time Judge. She was appointed a High Court Judge in 1994, was promoted to the Court of Appeal in 1999, and in 2004 became the first and only woman ‘Law Lord’ in the House of Lords, then the apex court in the United Kingdom. In 2009, the Law Lords were translated into the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom. She became its Deputy President in 2013 and its first woman President in 2017. She is also President of the United Kingdom Association of Women Judges and a past President of the International Association of Women Judges. In retirement she has spent her time writing – her memoir, Spiderwoman, A Life, was published last year – and speaking. She holds a number of visiting and honorary academic appointments and is Trustee or Patron of several charities.

U of T Law alumni, members of the legal community and interested members of the public are invited to watch the livestreamPlease register in advance to receive details.