Former Treasurer appointed to Federal Court

Posted: 07/13/2015

E. Susan ElliottA former Law Society Treasurer has been appointed a judge of the Federal Court.

The Honourable E. Susan Elliott, LSM, will replace Madam Justice M.J.L. Gleason, who has been elevated to the Federal Court of Appeal.

The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, made the announcement on June 26, 2015.

Madam Justice Elliott had served as a Deputy Justice of the Superior Court of Justice, Small Claims Court – East Region, since 2009.

The appointment to the Federal Court is effective immediately.

Madam Justice Elliott served as Treasurer of the Law Society from 1995 to 1997. Her election was groundbreaking as she was only the second woman to hold the position of Treasurer in the history of the Law Society — the first was the late Laura Legge, OOnt, QC, in 1988.

During her two years as Treasurer, Madam Justice Elliott guided Convocation through an ambitious policy agenda and presided over the Law Society’s bicentennial celebrations in May 1997. Important initiatives under her leadership include the adoption of a new policy-focused governance model in 1996, and the Bicentennial Report and Recommendations on Equity Issues in the Legal Profession, in 1997.

Prior to serving as Treasurer, Madam Justice Elliott was a dedicated and highly respected bencher of the Law Society, elected consecutively since 1991.

Called to the Ontario Bar in 1981, Madam Justice Elliott received a Bachelor of Commerce in 1975 from Queen’s University and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Ottawa in 1979.

Since 1981, she was a partner with the Kingston law firm of Good Elliott Hawkins LLP (formerly Good & Elliott) and during that time was general counsel, Legal Line of Business, Teranet Inc., from 1998 to 2007.

She served as pro bono counsel to the Multiple Sclerosis Society in Kingston, beginning in 1967, and to the Seniors Association, Kingston Region, from  2002.

Madam Justice Elliott has been recognized with many honours throughout her career, including the 2004 Law Society Medal (LSM) for her outstanding service within the legal profession in accordance with its highest ideals.

And for her leadership, Madam Justice Elliott became the first-ever recipient of the Law Society’s inaugural Laura Legge Award, in 2008.