Rosalie Abella is the first Canadian lawyer to be recognized by Harvard in this way.  Photo: Supreme Court of Canada website


Rosalie Abella is the first Canadian lawyer to be recognized by Harvard in this way. Photo: Supreme Court of Canada website

The Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, David Lametti, pays homage to the judge Rosalie Silberman Abella, who retired as a Supreme Court justice on July 1, his 75th birthday.

Thanking Justice Abella for her 17 years on the Supreme Court, David Lametti salutes her contribution to the Canadian legal system.

“Throughout her brilliant career, Justice Abella has shared with us her exceptional wisdom and expertise, which have resonated in the Canadian legal system and in society as a whole,” said the Minister of Justice’s press release. Justice.

Rosalie Abella was the longest serving Supreme Court judge in Canadian history. “His accomplishments are far too numerous to list here, but I would like to recognize his unique ability to bring a human dimension to his decision-making,” notes David Lametti. This is an exceptional quality from which the Court has benefited enormously. “

In one year, Justice Abella will become a visiting professor at the Samuel and Judith Pisar Chair of Law at Harvard Law School. She will be the first Canadian lawyer to be appointed to a chair at Harvard Law School. She will serve a three-year term as of July 1, 2022.

Rosalie Abella will also serve as Senior Fellow at Yale Law School and Distinguished Visiting Lawyer at University of Toronto Law School.

“Even if she leaves the bench, Judge Abella intends to continue to pass on her rich knowledge and expertise in order to inspire the next generation of legal practitioners,” greeted the Minister of Justice.

Called to the Ontario Bar in 1972, Rosalie Abella practiced civil and criminal law until 1976. She chaired the Ontario study on Access to Legal Services for Persons with Disabilities, for which she wrote the report, published in 1983. Justice Abella’s report to the Federal Royal Commission on Employment Equality was implemented by the governments of Canada, New Zealand, Northern Ireland and Ireland. ‘South Africa.

Rosalie Abella chaired the Ontario Labor Relations Board from 1984 to 1989, and the Law Reform Commission of Ontario from 1989 to 1992. She was Commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission. She was also a member of the Premier’s Advisory Committee on Confederation.

The Supreme Court of Canada echoed these ideas in 1989 in its first decision on equality rights under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Rosalie Abella was appointed to the Ontario Court of Appeal in 1992 and to the Supreme Court of Canada in 2004.