Backhouse awarded Western LLD
Law Society Bencher Constance Backhouse, C.M., O.Ont., FRSC, LSM, was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Western Ontario in June.
In her citation, Western’s Classics professor Bonnie MacLachlan said: “Constance Backhouse reveals the power of people’s stories to help us see how law was experienced at various moments in Canadian history.
The history she writes about is our history, and the poignant human voices she unearths from the past carry challenging messages for us.
Unveiling prejudice in its more blatant form forces us to acknowledge it in our own lives, and reflect on the power of the law to make change or reinforce inequities.”
Professor Backhouse then addressed the 738 graduates of the Faculty of Education & Postdoctoral Studies and shared her story of being a new and inexperienced law professor and a feminist at Western University in the 1980s.
Today, Backhouse holds the positions of Distinguished University Professor and University Research Chair at the Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa.
She is internationally known for her feminist research and publications on sex discrimination and the legal history of gender and race in Canada.
She is a graduate of the University of Manitoba, Osgoode Hall Law School, and Harvard University.
This is the third honorary LLD for Professor Backhouse.
She received her second from the University of Manitoba in 2010 and her first from the Law Society of Upper Canada in 2002.