Beverley McLachlin is the first University of Alberta Law Graduate and the first female to be appointed Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada. She was the third woman and first female University of Alberta Law Graduate to be appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada. Beverley McLachlin was also the first woman appointed to the BC Court of Appeal and the first female BC Supreme Court Justice.
Born 1973, Pincher Creek, Alberta
- BA, MA in Philosophy, LLB (1968), from University of Alberta, won the gold medal as top student
- 1969 called to Bar of Alberta , in 1971 called to the Bar in British Columbia
- Practised law in Alberta and British Columbia
- 1981 appointed to the County Court of Vancouver and then to the Supreme Court of British Columbia. In 1985 she was appointed to the British Columbia Court of Appeal and in 1988 was appointed Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of British Columbia.. She was appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada on 30 March 1989 and was made Chief Justice of Canada on 7 January 2000.
- In her own words, she progressed from the trial court to the the Court of Appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada faster than most cases.
- Member of the Queen?s Privy Council of Canada
- 2008 Made Commander of the Legion of Honour by the Government of France
- Awarded 21 honourary Doctor of Law degrees
- Honourary Patron of the Institute of Parliamentary and Political Law