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Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin

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About Beverley McLachlin:

Beverley McLachlin is the first female Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada and was the third woman appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada. Beverley McLachlin was also the first woman appointed to the BC Court of Appeal and the first female BC Supreme Court Justice.

Chief Justice of Canada:

2000 to present

Birth:

September 7, 1943 in Pincher Creek, Alberta

Education:

  • BA, MA - University of Alberta

  • LL.B - University of Alberta

Profession:

Lawyer and judge

Career Highlights of Beverley McLachlin:

  • Beverley McLachlin was called to the bar in Alberta in 1969.

  • She practised law with Wood, Moir, Hyde and Ross in Edmonton from 1969 to 1971.

  • Beverley McLachlin was called to the bar in British Columbia in 1971.

  • In British Columbia, Beverley McLachlin practised law with Thomas, Herdy, Mitchell & Co.in Fort St. John from 1971 to 1972 and then with Bull, Housser, and Tupper in Vancouver from 1972 to 1975.

  • In 1974 Beverley McLachlin began lecturing at the University of British Columbia, and she later became a full professor there.

  • Beverley McLachlin was appointed to the County Court of Vancouver in 1981.

  • Later in 1981, McLachlin was appointed to the Supreme Court of British Columbia.

  • Beverley McLachlin was appointed to the Court of Appeal of British Columbia in 1985.

  • McLachlin became Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of British Columbia in 1988.

  • McLachlin was appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada in 1989.

  • Beverley McLachlin was sworn in as Chief Justice of Canada in 2000.

See also: 10 Firsts for Canadian Women in Government

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