The Honourable Mary Jo McLaughlin Nolan to receive honorary LLD for access to justice advocacy
It will be presented at London’s Call to the Bar Ceremony on June 19, 2017.
Mary Jo Nolan has been an advocate for access to justice for the most vulnerable residents in Windsor and southern Ontario, particularly troubled families and children.
Called to the Bar in 1983, she has been dedicated to the administration of justice throughout her career as a social worker, court manager, counsel, case management master and judge of the Superior Court of Justice.
In 1997, she was the first woman appointed Case Management Master for the Superior Court of Justice in Windsor, and in 2005 the first woman judge appointed to the Superior Court in Essex County.
Although retired from the bench since July 2014, Mary Jo Nolan continues to work as an arbitrator and mediator and finds particular satisfaction in her work conducting settlement conferences for Legal Aid Ontario in family and child welfare cases.
Mary Jo Nolan has also been a mentor and example to hundreds of law students and lawyers, not only as a lawyer and judge, but as a teacher at the University of Windsor. She often speaks about her career path and encourages other to pursue their dreams, and has been a particular inspiration for women in law.
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.