The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, chief justice of Canada, will headline the 39th Annual Pepperdine School of Law Dinner Saturday, February 18, at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons.
The evening's program will begin with a reception at 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 7:30, and will include the announcement of the Vincent S. Dalsimer moot court winners and a report of recent School of Law activities, accomplishments, and future goals by School of Law dean Deanell Reece Tacha. McLachlin, who will serve as a judge for the Dalsimer moot court competition earlier in the day, will take part in a fireside chat with Dean Tacha and Justice Allen Linden.
Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin
Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin was raised in Pincher Creek, Alberta, and was educated at the University of Alberta, where she received a bachelor's degree in philosophy in 1965. She continued her education at the University of Alberta and in 1968 received both a master's degree in philosophy and an LLB.
She began her legal career with Wood, Moir, Hyde & Ross in Edmonton, Alberta, and was called to the Alberta Bar in 1969, then to the British Columbia Bar in 1971. She practiced law in Edmonton for a short time, spent one year in Fort St. John, British Columbia, and moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, to practice with Bull, Housser & Tupper. In 1974 she began a seven-year stint with the faculty of law at the University of British Columbia as a tenured associate professor.
Her judicial career began in April 1981 when she was appointed to the Vancouver County Court. In September of that year, she was appointed to the Supreme Court of British Columbia. She was elevated to the British Columbia Court of Appeal in December 1985, and was appointed chief justice of the Supreme Court of British Columbia in September 1988. Seven months later, in April 1989, she was sworn in as a justice of the Supreme Court of Canada.
On January 7, 2000, she was appointed chief justice of Canada. She is the first woman in Canada to hold the position.
In addition to her judicial duties at the Supreme Court, Chief Justice McLachlin chairs the Canadian Judicial Council, the Advisory Council of the Order of Canada and the Board of Governors of the National Judicial Institute. She also serves on the selection committee of the Vimy Award. She has written many articles and is the author of two books. She is the recipient of 31 honorary degrees and was named Commander of the French Legion of Honour in 2007. She was presented with the Queen's Jubilee Medal and the International Jurists Award in 2008, and is an honorary member of the American College of Trial Lawyers. In 2010, she was named Canadian of the Year by the Canadian Club of Toronto and was inducted into the International Hall of Fame by the International Women's Forum.
Chief Justice McLachlin will also be this year's recipient of the Robert H. Jackson Award.
Biography information courtesy of the Supreme Court of Canada.