The Honourable Juanita Westmoreland-Traoré to receive honorary LLD for advancing social justice and equality rights

Posted: 06/15/2017

The HonoThe Law Society of Upper Canada will confer the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa upon The Honourable Juanita Westmoreland-Traoré.

The degree will be presented at the 9:30 a.m. Call to the Bar Ceremony in Toronto on June 26, 2017.

Juanita Westomoreland-Traoré entered the legal profession at a time when it was considered an unconventional career path for women, and even more so for a woman of colour.

Called to the Québec Bar in 1969, she has held many different positions throughout her multifaceted career. She was the Commissioner of the Canadian Human Rights Commission, the first Employment Equity Commissioner of Ontario, and the President of the Conseil des communautes culturelles et de l’immigration from 1985 to 1990.

After serving as Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Windsor from 1996 to 1999, she was appointed to the Court of Québec for the District of Montréal and holds the distinction of being the first black Dean of a Canadian law school and the first black judge appointed to the Court of Québec.

In addition to numerous honours and awards, she was inducted as an Officer of the National Order of Québec in 1991.

Juanita Westmoreland-Traoré is a true legal pioneer, advancing social justice and equality rights not only through her work as a lawyer, professor and judge, but also through her personal journey shattering systemic barriers and stereotypes.

Each year, the Law Society recognizes outstanding achievement by distinguished members of the profession and the public by awarding Doctor of Laws degrees, honoris causa (LLD) at the Call to the Bar ceremonies in Ottawa, Toronto and London.