Numerous alumnae of the University of Alberta Faculty of Law feature prominently in a recently published book about being a woman in the male-dominated legal profession.
Truth Be Told: An Anthology of Inspirational Stories by Women in Law, contains short pieces from 114 Canadian women and covers personal anecdotes drawn from their careers as lawyers and members of the judiciary.
Among the contributing writers are Alberta’s Chief Justice Catherine Fraser, '70 LLB, of the Court of Appeal of Alberta; Chief Justice Mary Moreau '79 LLB, of the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta; and Justice Sheila Greckol, ‘75 LLB, of the Alberta Court of Appeal.
UAlberta Law Professors Annalise Acorn and Catherine Bell, and Patricia Paradis, executive director of the Centre for Constitutional Studies at the University of Alberta, are also among the contributors.
Others sharing their perspectives of the legal profession include criminal lawyer and UAlberta Law sessional instructor Mona Duckett, QC; ethics commissioner of Alberta Marguerite Trussler, QC; the Honourable Joanne B. Veit, and Danielle Bourgeois, ‘09 LLB, star of the Pandas Hockey team that won seven national university championships.
The book is the result of a project by Edmonton lawyers Teresa Haykowsky, Jeananne Kirwin, QC, and Sarah Eadie, ‘03 LLB, who used their own funds to produce it with the intent of inspiring the next generation of female law professionals.
They chose the title because truth is an essential foundation of justice and the law, and because the virtue Veritas (truth) has typically been portrayed as a young woman, they said. They expect the book to be of interest to law firms, law libraries, other Canadian faculties of law and high schools.
The book is available for purchase by contacting Gillian Reid, firstname.lastname@example.org, in the Law Centre at the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Law.