Trailblazer and respected judge, The Honourable Gloria Epstein, to receive Law Society honorary LLD on June 25

Posted: 06/20/2019

Gloria Epstein The Honourable Gloria Epstein will receive a degree of Doctor of Laws honoris causa (LLD) from the Law Society of Ontario at its morning Call to the Bar Ceremony in Toronto, Ontario on June 25.

Honorary doctorates are awarded annually at the Call ceremonies to distinguished individuals in recognition of outstanding achievements in the legal profession, the rule of law, or the cause of justice. Recipients serve as inspirational keynote speakers for the new lawyers attending the ceremonies.

Justice Epstein is receiving the honorary LLD in recognition of her dedication and contributions to the legal profession and community at large.

Called to the Bar in 1979, Justice Epstein practised in two large Toronto law firms before starting a firm of her own. Gloria Epstein & Associates opened in 1985, and is one of the first Toronto-based firms led and owned by a woman.

She was appointed to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in 1993 and to the Court of Appeal for Ontario in 2007. Throughout her judicial career, Justice Epstein presided over hundreds of cases. While a trial judge, she was appointed by the Premier of Ontario to review the government’s involvement in the lives of the Dionne Quintuplets.

In 2015, Justice Epstein became a supernumerary judge. In 2018, she retired from the Court of Appeal in order to accept an appointment from the Toronto Police Services Board to lead the Independent Civilian Review into Missing Person Investigations.

Justice Epstein’s contributions to the legal profession and community at large are numerous. She has offered her expertise to a wide range of organizations and boards, including being the founder of the McMurtry Gardens of Justice, Co-Chair of the Ontario Justice Education Network, Director of the Canadian Women’s Foundation, and member of the Pathways National Board of Directors, the Mt. Sinai Health Foundation Board of Directors and of the Smith School of Business Advisory Board.

In 2007, Justice Epstein received a University of Toronto Arbor Award for volunteerism, and in 2013 she received a YWCA Women of Distinction Award.

She is one of six individuals to receive an honorary LLD from the Law Society at the June 2019 Call ceremonies.