Judith Bellis

Class of 1979-1980

“One of these things is not like the others; one of these things just doesn’t belong...” Judith Bellis sings behind the closed door of her DOJ office in Ottawa. It’s an old Sesame Street ditty, and Bellis’s response to being told she’s been selected as a subject for this feature. “I cannot strictly speaking be characterized as a lawmaker,” she says, “although I know a great deal about how laws are actually made.” Outspoken, a formidable intellect, and one of the top lawyers for the top lawyer in the country, Bellis knows more about how laws get made than most people in Canada ...